Slacker Sid, a "pre-med" taking my online course, writes:
I purchased an online version of the textbook so I could write my analysis essay due tonight. To find it, I copy and pasted the title directly from the syllabus into Google and purchased the first result from a textbook scam site. The book ends at chapter 3. So it doesn't have the readings from chapters 13 and 14 that we need to write the paper? I was just wondering if it was possible there was a mistake in the syllabus or if it is known that there is more than one version of the current edition and you didn't tell us which one to buy? I can't afford to take a 0 on a paper that is so critical to my grade and have no way to write the essay until you can get me the correct book information.
I don't usually answer email after hours--especially email from a disordered student who has a course average of 32%--but I couldn't pass this one up.
Dear Slacker Sid:
Your situation appears to be . . . unique.
From what I gather by reading your email, you have missed, to date, eleven (11) required reading assignments from our textbook, having just tonight purchased an electronic copy from a shady online vendor not associated with 1) an authorized textbook resale company, 2) the campus bookstore, or 3) the textbook publisher. Your concern is that the syllabus and/or I did not preempt the possibility of your obtaining a random and unauthorized copy from a clearly illegitimate Internet source. Now that you have obtained that random copy, you are troubled to learn that it was, you suggest, not as described and does not, in fact, contain the materials required to complete the assignment. Further, you plan to research, write, revise, and submit a full-length essay on a topic you've yet to choose within the next 3.5 hours, an essay that you should have been working on for the past two weeks.
If I've missed something, please let me know.
To answer your questions, there is a single, authorized version of the textbook in its current edition, available from the publisher and authorized vendors as noted--correctly--in the syllabus.