Student: My $180 textbook is riddled with errors

Published On: Apr 12 2012 10:16:18 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 13 2012 10:36:19 AM EDT

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A college student in Tampa, Fla., said he paid about $180 for a required statistics textbook that he claims is filled with language and math errors.

Jason Richardson, a junior at the University of Southern Florida, said "The Joy of Statistics: Learning with Real World Data" is riddled with "a lot of things that didn't make a lot of sense," WFTS-TV reported.

"The sentence reads 'A random sample of 50 pieces of plastic are being used 6mm these pieces of nylon rope are taken and the breaking strength (KN) is measured,'” Richardson told the TV station.

Citing another example from the book, Richardson said, "We're told CI equals CI divided by N, which wouldn't make sense because you can't divide CI by something to get CI. That's like saying two divided by two equals four, which doesn't make sense."
According to WFTS, Richardson contacted the publisher, Kendall Hunt, and asked for a refund.

However, the company would only acknowledge that there are mistakes, but that the textbook is still a useful resource for learning.

"It's human error. It's an unfortunate part of publishing, and it sounds like in this case from what I'm being told there were a significant amount of errors," Chad Chandlee, president of Kendall Hunt said in an interview. "My question would be, did the book advance their ability to learn the subject matter? I think our answer to it is it did."

Richardson said the errors in his textbook definitely hinder a student's success.

Kendall Hunt told the TV station that any errors in the textbook are being corrected.

On its website, Kendall Hunt said it makes every effort to ensure that the information in its titles is accurate, but that occasionally, errors do occur. So it offers errata sheets to replace pages of text that may contain errors.

At present, there are no replacement pages available for Richardson's textbook.

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