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The only disadvantage to not working for a publisher is that we don’t have a paid editorial staﬀ.
What we have instead, beyond ourselves, is friends, colleagues and unknown people in the opensource community who alert us to errors they ﬁnd as they read the textbook. What we gain in not
having to report to a publisher so dramatically outweighs the lack of the paid staﬀ that we have
turned down every oﬀer to publish our book. (As of the writing of this Preface, we’ve had three
oﬀers.) By maintaining this book by ourselves, Carl and I retain all creative control and keep the
book our own. We control the organization, depth and rigor of the content which means we can resist
the pressure to diminish the rigor and homogenize the content so as to appeal to a mass market.
A casual glance through the Table of Contents of most of the major publishers’ College Algebra
books reveals nearly isomorphic content in both order and depth. Our Table of Contents shows a
diﬀerent approach, one that might be labeled...
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