# Is an author of a popular textbook, for example griffiths, wealthy?

1. Dec 3, 2013

### rar0308

For example
Griffiths' Electrodynamics, and Quantum Mechanics seems popular.
and the prices are expensive.
I'm curious about how much money the author make by selling these books.

2. Dec 3, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

Bassed on this article, I would say the publishers are getting truly wealthy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Textbook

and here's one authors experience:

http://www.mountainplains.org/articles/2000/opinion/writing_a_textbook.html

and here:

http://wps.aw.com/aw_perloff_microcalc_1/76/19539/5002058.cw/content/index.html [Broken]

and google books has this reference:

9. Dec 8, 2013

### fourier jr

wow looks like you're right. I found this story:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2011/02/04/the_house_that_math_built.html

10. Dec 8, 2013

### 1MileCrash

I mean.. 90% of Canadian Students and 70% of American students.. that's not just "widely used." That's "almost exclusively used."

11. Dec 8, 2013

### WannabeNewton

Griffiths deserves to be rich. His EM book is one of the absolute masterpieces of physics textbook writing.

12. Dec 12, 2013

### Tosh5457

True, and his QM book too. It's much more mathematically rigorous than any other book I've found at this level and still gives a lot of the intuition. Many of the quantum mechanics books authors should be arrested for not knowing how to use simple mathematics correctly, making QM even more confusing than it already is...