Book blunder: UNM students react to ‘Albuquergue’ textbook

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The word Albuquerque may be a tricky word to spell, but you’d think a major textbook publisher would get it right. It didn’t.

Students at the University of New Mexico can’t help but laugh, at first.

“I picked up my copy and looked down and said, ‘Woah, Albuquerque is spelled wrong,'” UNM student Alexis Brown said.

The publisher, McGraw Hill Education, put the letter “G” where the second “Q” belongs right smack on the cover of a Psychology 105 textbook.

Brown said she even asked an employee at the UNM Bookstore, thinking it may be a joke.

“I looked at one of the book store guys and said, ‘Is this right?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, that’s the right textbook,'” she said.

KRQE News 13 contacted the university. It said bookstore employees noticed the mistake as soon as the textbooks arrived, but decided to sell them anyway because students needed them for class.

Brown snapped a photo and put it on Twitter. After students initially laughed at the flub, they were left wondering how a textbook company could make such a glaring mistake.

“If that’s supposed to be a textbook and they can’t even spell the city right, I can’t imagine what’s in it,” Winter Earnest said.

“That’s really embarrassing,” Miguel Lastra said. “I recognize that logo. I’ve seen it since middle school.”

KRQE News 13 contacted the New York based company. It sent a statement saying: “We were recently made aware of a spelling error on the cover of a loose leaf version of a psychology textbook for students at the University of New Mexico. We regret the error and are replacing the cover, which was custom made for the university.”

“I just think it’s hilarious that this company that distributes books all over the nation to all different colleges,” Brown said. “I mean, I paid $220 for that book and they couldn’t even get the cover right.”

UNM decided to pull all the textbooks from the shelves Tuesday evening. The university said McGraw Hill plans to send an employee out within the next week to replace all the covers. Students who purchased the textbook with the mistake will be able to switch it out for free. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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