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College book misspells city’s name

According to a popular new textbook, the University of New Mexico is in “Albuquergue,” perhaps a cousin to Albuquerque.

Hundreds of UNM students are carrying a copy of the Psychology 105 book published by McGraw-Hill Education. It’s a small error, but notable enough that the school has stopped selling the $200 book.

That’s according to Gordon Hodge, the professor who assigned the book. The publisher will replace the custom-made covers with a version that has the correct spelling of “Albuquerque.” The cheaper $145 electronic version of the book is still on sale.

“We’re going to make it right for those who don’t like the cover,” Hodge said.

Tyler Reed, a spokesman with McGraw Hill Education, said the company recently learned of the error.

“We regret the error and are replacing the cover, which was custom-made for the university,” he said.

A free, trial version of the electronic version of the book is available for three weeks, Hodge said.

The book contains introductory material for psychology, and is packaged with online quizzes. It’s a custom design, which is why it needed a custom cover.

This semester alone nearly 1,100 students enrolled in the 105 class. And many on Tuesday bought a copy of the typo version.

The error both bemused and annoyed students at the campus bookstore.

“I would have caught that,” said Ryan Medrano, 18, of Roswell.

And Kristen Gallegos hypothesized that perhaps the error was an intentional cerebral trick. If not, she said, the error would be silly and she wouldn’t really trust the book.

Ethan Delora, 19, said he wouldn’t buy the book.

“The publisher doesn’t know how to spell,” he said.

So who is to say, he asked, if the facts in the book are right?

Noting the concerns, Hodge said the book’s interior is fine.

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