Bookstore Priorities

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Hello Professor Ancarett,
We would like to inform you that we have 2 copies remaining of $27.95 Popular Microhistory You Adopted for a Course Last Year with a Hundred Students.

Unfortunately, the publisher does not accept any returns. Please make note of this for any other order and kindly try to readopt this title in the future.

Thanking you for your cooperation,

Bookstore Staff Member

Two copies. Two WHOLE copies unsold. Whoa! I am a bad professor, aren’t I? Obviously, next year when I teach said course again I should adopt the same book, enabling the bookstore to order a hundred new copies and have one or two unsold ones sitting around to guilt me in the following cycle. Or not. For pedagogical reasons, I change microhistories each time I teach the course to give everyone something new to tackle (this also reduces the amount of recycled essays and other plagiarism offenses). But, obviously, I’m not looking at this from the correct perspective.

Or not!

7 Responses to “Bookstore Priorities”

  1. Delaney Kirk Says:

    Perhaps you should apologize sweetly to the bookstore manager and tell him/her that in order to prevent this problem in the future, you will not turn in a book order but instead direct your students to to purchase their books…

  2. ancarett Says:

    Excellent idea! I actually do make the book list (complete with ISBNs) available to students as early as possible. Since so many of them want to get a head start on their reading before term and the bookstore is slow to stock up, it only seems fair.

  3. profgrrrrl Says:

    Why, yes, use the book again. Maybe next time 4 will be left over!

  4. AAYOR Says:

    I second the deal. And I agree that you should thank the bookstore for making their priorities so explicit!

  5. Dad Says:

    See, I always told you not to use books! They lead to all kinds of problems - students even expect you to read the book to them. That was why I usually did not have textbooks. But that was ancient history - whoops I mean materials science.

  6. Barbara Says:

    Hey wait a minute. Did none of you guys consider - how many students were actually in your course? Only 98 at the beginning or was that 98 at the end. So, those 2 books might be returns. Or, did you have more than 98 enrolled? Maybe the reason they have left overs is due to students getting them at Or do students try to save money and share texts?

    I suggest getting the data on student enrollment together and seeing how that jives with what the bookstore gave you.

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