Why are books so expensive?!

Like many students, it’s around this time of year when you get your list of set books for the upcoming academic year. I do look forward to receiving the list and seeing what books I get to study this year (and hoping there’s one or two I’ve already read, at least!). My two modules for 2015/16 are ‘Reading and studying Literature’ and ‘Creative Writing’. Naturally, the set book list for ‘Reading and studying Literature’ has a fair few on and I’ve had to bite the bullet and order them. Seventy pounds down and a polite email from Waterstones later, I had done it .

I know a lot of you will be aghast that I’ve bought them from Waterstones and not from Amazon but I’ve not a novice. My first instinct was to check out Amazon. I searched the website with all my ISBNs and added all ten compulsory books to my basket. However, despite the majority of them being second-hand, the total came well over sixty pounds. Because I was buying the books from different sellers, I had separate delivery charges for each book. In the end,I figured I may as well pay an extra £10 and get them all brand new in one delivery.

Every year when I spend a small fortune on set books, I always wonder why they can’t be provided. We can’t complete the course without them and we’re already paying thousands a year for the privilege so I personally think they should chuck the books in for free. Much like when you buy a car and you haggle for a full tank of petrol and a free mats! I don’t think it’s too much to ask.

Anyway, moan over! I’ve written down the books below – let me know if you’ve read any and what you thought. It’s always great to hear another opinion 🙂

Oroonoko by Aphra Behn

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

Dubliners by James Joyce

The Emigrants by W. G. Sebald

The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon

Othello by William Shakespeare

Candide, or Optimism by Voltaire

The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster