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

existexist Registered User Posts: 143 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 Registered User Posts: 245 Junior Member
    yes, though it's harder to sell them.
  • RudinRudin Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    For the most part, they are the exact same.
  • OleWannabe88OleWannabe88 Registered User Posts: 122 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 Registered User Posts: 9,909 Senior Member
    But how many (American edition) college-level science textbooks don't use the metric system to begin with???
  • cfbrooklyncfbrooklyn Registered User Posts: 15 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 Registered User Posts: 971 Member
    The content should be the same but the coverage and paper are different.
    And it's illegal.
  • OleWannabe88OleWannabe88 Registered User Posts: 122 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 Registered User Posts: 6,608 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 Registered User Posts: 2,311 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 Registered User Posts: 94 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 Registered User Posts: 6,608 Senior Member
  • Lala7819Lala7819 Registered User Posts: 84 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 Registered User Posts: 688 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 Registered User Posts: 3,908 Senior Member
    Why did you get banned?
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