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Cartoon Guide to Calculus: Corrected Edition Is Now in Print!

A corrected edition of The Cartoon Guide to Calculus is now in print and available. This fixes nearly all the typos, missing minus signs, and other goofs in the first edition. The new edition can be identified by an author’s note at the bottom of the the Acknowledgments page. On the copyright page, the corrected edition has a printing number of 4 or higher.

Because a few of the problems have been changed or moved, readers of the corrected editions should refer to this updated pdf of Solutions to Selected Problems in the Corrected Edition rather than the older document, which is still available for folks with the older printing.

Calculus Solutions and Errata Are Here!

I’ve uploaded a pdf of Solutions to about half the problems in the Cartoon Guide to Calculus. You can either download it or read it in your browser. You should also look at the Errata sheet, which details a number of errors in the early printings of the book. (These links are also on the Calculus page on this site.) I’ve recently sent the publisher a revised electronic file that fixes all the mistakes (and makes minor changes to the problem sets), and as soon as the the corrected edition is in print, I’ll post an update here.

Calculus eBook now available

The electronic version of The Cartoon Guide to Calculus is now available from iTunes. This will be iOS compatible only. At present, Kindle support for graphic books is still too primitive, but HarperCollins has been good enough to make a “fixed-format” edition available for the iPad. I’ve seen it, and it looks just like the paper version, but without paper…


Lifted from Comments

Reader Chuck commented in the last post,

“It always seemed environmentally wasteful to have a new version every year with minor differences that tanked the resale value of the previous book. Add the obligatory CD-ROM extras (which I don’t remember ever having to use) that once opened meant no resale would be possible at all and you really feel like you are being taken for a ride.”

The only thing I have to add is that the flip side of this is the counterattack from Apple, which promises to provide textbooks at $15 a pop. I can’t conceive that anyone can make money writing one at that price level, especially if the “book” is to have the software enhancements that everyone craves.

Peonage for Textbook Authors

Via Professor Mike Klymkowski, here’s “Afraid of Your Child’s Math Textbook? You Should Be,” a long, thoughtful piece by Salon blogger Annie Keeghan on the state of the textbook business. It’s not a pretty picture.

Keegan describes in detail the consolidation of the industry into a few huge publishers and the market forces that impel them to push sales and volume over accuracy and coherence. For writers it means a pay cut. For students, something even worse. This has to change.