[Athen] Bookstore politics

LaBella, Pam plabella at necc.mass.edu
Thu Apr 16 08:21:35 PDT 2020

I thought providing ISBNs was required now by bookstores

Textbooks. The HEOA is a federal mandate that, inter alia, requires institutions of higher education to display textbook information at the time enrollment opens. The Act specifies that the University display the textbook title, price, and ISBN identifier.

Pam LaBella
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Is your bookstore a Barnes and Noble campus store?

I'm fairly sure that is the way Barnes and Noble lists textbooks (maybe all books?). Our bookstore is B&N and we have these same garbage descriptions! The ISBN is so essential. I don't have a solution, but I share your pain! This practice has made me play detective more than I'd like.

Keep fighting the good fight.

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Do you have this problem with your bookstore? Ours always has these awful abbreviations for books and is less than willing to provide too much identifying information like an ISBN lest students purchase books on a cheaper site like Amazon. They have to show a profit.

I know in times like these any college would not want to lay off bookstore employees, but it seems to me in the long run we'd be way better off it students were encouraged to buy books the cheapest way possible.

For example this morning, a student sent me a receipt for a book that read
I looked at the actual bookstore information for this course; same thing. Instructor's syllabus also probably says the same thing. Hard to provide alt media with minimal info like this.


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