I foolishly thought that ordering textbooks for my classes would be easy this time around. I'm only changing one text, so how hard could it be?
Well. I forgot that in one class I have two required texts. The last time I taught this particular class, the second required text was a bit out of date in parts, but easy enough to work around. This time, it's very much outdated. But I figured hey, there has to be a new edition of it!
Yes, there is. But it's not being published until next spring.
So now I have to decide if I want to:
(a) go with the outdated text. The concepts are still all good (very good, in fact---I really love this book), but the examples are not---and without going into a ton of detail, the examples are rather important to the course in this case. So if I went with this, I think I'd have to do *a lot* more in-class work "fixing" the outdated examples.
(b) go without this text altogether, and figure out some sort of course-packet-esque thing to throw together.
(c) find another text to fill the void. I've been looking, but so far have come up empty-handed on this. The problem is that the book I was using really was a perfect fit, and I'm having a hard time finding something even remotely equivalent.
The old text is unfortunately in my office at school, so any decisions will have to wait until I can get there and get the book and see just how outdated it is.
Not exactly what I want to be stressing about this week!