It's really bad and has gotten worse in the last 20 years. This is a standard text for advanced undergraduate organic chemistry: https://www.amazon.com/-/dp/0387683461
USD 35 on Amazon plus another USD 35 for its sister volume, good for all Orgo courses that an undergraduate might choose to take. A new edition would come out every 8 - 10 years. Solid. Good addition to the personal library when working in the field. Over 2500 pages altogether. Whoever says that isn't a fair deal is lying.
This is the slim-down-rip-off introductory textbook edition: https://www.amazon.com/-/dp/0073402745/
USD 268, but you get an access code. And a new edition seemingly every other year, as if the content in introductory courses changed that fast. It's a useless piece of dead tree, never to be looked at again once the course is over.
It's the students' turn to revolt. The situation has been intolerable for a long time.
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