(Title with apologies to Merle Travis.)
A couple of days ago I requested an examination copy of Single Variable Calculus by John Ragowski from W. H. Freeman. Today a 19-pound package arrived at my door, containing 5 books: The book I requested in hardback plus Volume II of the paperback version, plus both paperback volumes of the Early Transcendentals version, plus a 1425-page Instructor's Solution Manual (Early Transcendentals). In addition, there was an Instructor Resources CD, and a nice canvas bag with the publisher logo and the slogan "No Teacher Left Behind". To top it all off, the fulfillment service mistakenly slipped in a packet of signage for a Bruegger's Bagels franchise. (I wonder if Bruegger's Bagels got a packet of calculus materials, and if so what they made of it.)
While I appreciate W. H. Freeman sending this so me so promptly, I doubt that all this is necessary. One book would have been enough for me to make an adoption decision. Sending out all these books seems to be a very non-sustainable practice. Even if I adopt the book, I have at least 3 books that I will never use. I have to ask how much this practice contributes to deforestation, the burning of fossil fuels, and the high price of textbooks.
So, are the books any good? I don't know yet, but it looks pretty much like a dozen other calculus textbooks.