I am going to be joining an Electrical Engineering course this month. I just checked out the syllabus and all the courses had some recommended textbooks along with some reference books. Now this got me wondering. I had some bad experiences with textbooks in high school, the textbooks in my course were not of the same standard as some other ones I went through, usually because the textbooks were usually written to enable a student to maximize his or her score in an examination. Does something of the sort apply for engineering? Are some textbooks better than others? I am from India, and most of the books in the course were written by Indian authors, and I mean no disrespect to any of them, not knowing anything at all about their works, but I was wondering if there is any international standard in textbooks used all over the globe, or do universities in different countries and regions use different textbooks like mine does? Is there any discernible difference in the quality of authors around the globe? Simply put, does it really matter which textbook I use to study a course?