Your question: Coupons, Discounts, Sales—Are we like Kohl's?

I did not write the Life of Fred series in order to make a ton of money. I did it to (1) teach a lot of mathematics and (2) to instill in my readers a love of mathematics.

A while ago I typed "beginning algebra" into the Amazon.com web site and found:

Beginning Algebra plus MyMathLab Student Starter Kit (10th Edition) by Margaret L. Lial, John Hornsby, and Terry McGinnis (Hardcover - June 3, 2007)

Buy new: **$155.33**

Beginning Algebra (7th Edition) by John Tobey and Jeffrey Slater (Paperback - Jan. 7, 2009)

Buy new: **$142.67**

Beginning Algebra by Julie Miller (Hardcover - Jan. 8, 2010)

Buy new: **$202.80**

Beginning Algebra Plus MyMathLab Student Access Kit (5th Edition) by K. Elayn Martin-Gay (Hardcover - May 1, 2008)

Buy new: **$155.33**

Beginning & Intermediate Algebra, 4th Edition by K. Elayn Martin-Gay (Hardcover - Mar. 6, 2008)

Buy new: **$158.67**

Beginning Algebra, 4th Edition by K. Elayn Martin-Gay (Hardcover - May 2, 2004)

Buy new: **$138.67**

Beginning Algebra: Early Graphing (2nd Edition) by John Tobey, Jeffrey Slater, and Jamie Blair (Paperback - Feb. 5, 2009)

Buy new: **$142.67**

Beginning Algebra Sixth Edition by Man M. Sharma (Paperback - 2007)

1 new from **$216.88**

Beginning Algebra, Books a la Carte Edition (5th Edition) by Elayn Martin-Gay (Loose Leaf - Dec. 21, 2008)

Buy new: **$103.13
**

Beginning Algebra with Applications & Visualization (2nd Edition) by Gary K. Rockswold and Terry A. Krieger (Hardcover - Jan. 6, 2008)

Buy new:

**$147.33**

Beginning Algebra (Gustafson/ Karr/ Massey) by R. David Gustafson, Rosemary Karr, and Marilyn Massey (Hardcover - Jan. 1, 2010)

Buy new:

**$169.95**

In contrast, Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra Expanded Edition (544 pages) cost

**$39**. And I pay the shipping and handling costs.

These are tough times for many people, and I have priced the Life of Fred books absurdly cheaply. My wife has told me that I should double the prices and then offer 50% discounts.

One last thought . . . The Life of Fred books are not light weight mathematically. I know of no other home schooling math curriculum—at any price—that contains more mathematics than the Life of Fred series.

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