Requesting Specimen Copy of a book

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  1. mghg13

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    Jul 17, 2013
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    Hello guys,

    I was recommended a book by a friend for my analog communication module, but unfortunately it is not available on the local market, neither on online bookstores.

    Here are the details of the book:
    http://www.tatamcgrawhill.com/html/9780070647701.html

    However, I came across the publisher's website and it offers the possibility of ordering a specimen copy of the book. Here is the link:

    http://www.tatamcgrawhill.com/cgi-bin/review_copies_form.pl?isbn=0070647704&ean=9780070647701&title=ANALOG+COMMUNICATION&author=T+Thomas,S+Sekhar


    I would like to know if anyone of you has ever done such a request from this publisher and if you could help me in ordering the book. I really want to buy the book. It is the best textbook for my syllabus!!!

    thanks
     
  2. MaxHeadRoom

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    Jul 18, 2013
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    They don't appear to have that particular author, but many books on Analog Communications on the Abebook site, some for as much as $1.00!
    Getting specimen copies is a bit of a hit and miss affair, I have found.
    Max.
     
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  3. WBahn

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    Mar 31, 2012
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    In general, specimen (a.k.a., examination) copies are intended for educators for the purpose of reviewing the text as part of considering whether to adopt the book for a course they are teaching. The publisher gives out the copies as part of their marketing budget with an eye to a return on investment resulting from some fraction of educators actually adopting the book.

    To request a copy when you are not considering it for a course is generally a direct violation of the agreement you would be signing and is also professionally unethical. Now, I realize that professional ethics is a pretty passe thing in this day and age, but....

    It's likely a moot point. If you can't find the book anyplace, then it is likely out of print and there is no incentive for the publisher to give examination copies to anyone.

    I found this on Amazon for $10. I don't think it's the same author, though.

    http://www.amazon.com/Analog-Commun...&qid=1384296647&sr=1-3&keywords=chandrasekhar
     
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