My university has doubled the size of our introduction to cultural anthropology (1 field, not 4 field) course and so I’m changing the way I normally teach it and using a big-ol’ text book for like, the first time ever. I have a whole gaggle of sample textbooks to evaluate. I’m not particularly happy about this since I have Issues with anthropology textbooks — namely I don’t think any of them are particularly good. But setting this aside, does anyone have advice on how to evaluate textbooks for adoption? Please note this is not a request for recommendations for texts (I suspect I’ll get those anyway) but rather questions about the process people use when deciding which textbooks to teach.