We purchased most of my freshman son's textbooks online, thanks to the helpful advice found on this forum. Unfortunately, his chemistry textbook had to be purchased through the bookstore, as it is yet another new edition. (In researching the textbook title, I found "older" 2010 editions, but this ISBN number was for the 2011 edition.) We pre-ordered the book through the bookstore, and when he went to pick it up, discovered that it wasn't even bound into a book! It is a thick stack of shrink-wrapped, 3-holed punched pages, for which he had to buy a 3-inch binder. The price of this new book (it was listed as a textbook) is $164! I've never heard of buying an un-bound "book" before, and am wondering if this is a common practice. Also, I'm wondering it seems it would be more difficult to re-sell, given that the holes aren't reinforced, and thus likely to become ripped during the course of the year. Is this a new practice with publishers, or the result of running out of time in cranking out a new edition every year? When I went to college (a few decades ago!), we would occasionally purchase photocopied "readers", but all of my texts from publishers were actual books.