El cheapo in the bookshop
And today, I found the strangest thing: linguistics textbooks by a variety of publishers re-published by a Chinese publisher (Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press) - again, in paperback and this time with cheap paper. I got The Handbook of Contemporary Syntactic Theory (Baltin & Collins, ed.) for S$32.35 which makes it about a quarter of the U.S. price. Funny thing is, the prefaces and introduction were all translated into Chinese (as well, of course, as being reproduced in English). The rest of the book remains the same, and with the same pagination.
Now, if only we had a few more decent used bookstores, where I wouldn't go in only to find books that I recognised from five years ago, and university libraries that I could stroll into without paying exorbitant membership fees, I would be happy.