A sadistict torture ritual performed by most colleges and universities upon students. After paying a fortune in money they dont have for tutition, students are required to shell out more for "required reading material" they will never touch because they have the internet. The act of purchasing these books is easily comparible to smacking ones-self in the face with a brick. buying them offline is a know way to ease the pain of buying textbooks, but its still a pain in the a**.
Person 1: "what are you doing"
Person 2: "buying textbooks for school"
Person 1: "use amazon, and heres a brick- it might make things less painful"