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Text Books: Are international edition same as national edition??????

existexist Posts: 143Registered User Junior Member
edited September 2008 in College Life
Text Books: Are international edition same as national edition?????? except for price and their cover..............
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Replies to: Text Books: Are international edition same as national edition??????

  • tisthemorningtisthemorning Posts: 245Registered User Junior Member
    yes, though it's harder to sell them.
  • RudinRudin Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
    For the most part, they are the exact same.
  • OleWannabe88OleWannabe88 Posts: 122Registered User Junior Member
    Depends. Sometimes for math/science texts, international editions use the metric system, which we obviously don't use in the US.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Posts: 9,279Registered User Senior Member
    But how many (American edition) college-level science textbooks don't use the metric system to begin with???
  • cfbrooklyncfbrooklyn Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    I actually downloaded a foreign edition the other day. It was nearly the same but usually the page quality is different and the page numbers vary.
  • yuccayucca Posts: 971Registered User Member
    The content should be the same but the coverage and paper are different.
    And it's illegal.
  • OleWannabe88OleWannabe88 Posts: 122Registered User Junior Member
    I dunno, I'm not a science person myself but I remember when my brother bought a science/math type textbook that came from India or something, and it used different units and he sent it back.
  • RacinReaverRacinReaver Posts: 6,598Registered User Senior Member
    But how many (American edition) college-level science textbooks don't use the metric system to begin with???

    Lots of engineering texts still use Imperial.

    And, for the most part, most usually use the MKS version of SI and not CGS (though electronics stuff seem to use CGS more often).
  • feenotypefeenotype Posts: 2,274Registered User Senior Member
    Even if it's an international edition, it will still have the same unit systems as the American edition (at least, that's been my experience).
  • cachememorycachememory Posts: 94Registered User Junior Member
    The content should be the same but the coverage and paper are different.
    And it's illegal.

    It's illegal?? To buy, sell, or both?
  • RacinReaverRacinReaver Posts: 6,598Registered User Senior Member
  • Lala7819Lala7819 Posts: 84Registered User Junior Member
    I don't know where yucca got the idea that they are illigal, but rest assured they are not. International textbooks are not like bootleg copies of movies, they are the same textbook, from the same publisher (or their foreign counterparts) and by the same author, who also earns money from their sales like with any American textbook.
    I never knew they were so inexpensive until I had a few classes with an Indian woman who had all international editions she had bought used for under $15 each... and the American used texts were upwards of $40. In the three classes I shared with her, they had the exact same material, wording, chapters, and page numbers. Basically it was the same book with a different cover slapped on it saying it was the 'international edition'.
    No big deal if you want to save money, and I don't believe they overhaul the unit systems for international versions of math and science books, though I may be wrong.
  • BeefBeef Posts: 429- Member
    Yucca is on crack. I bought the (used) international edition of my chemistry book at my campus BARNES & NOBLES BOOKSTORE.

    The only difference is that it's paperback, and a lot cheaper than the hardcover new version.
  • alwaysfaithfulalwaysfaithful Posts: 688Registered User Member
    international edition is exactly the same as american edition, content, page number and everything. the only difference is that it's cheaper. I used to sell a lot of cheap international editions on amazon until i got banned.
  • ken285ken285 Posts: 3,871Registered User Senior Member
    Why did you get banned?
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