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Oct 31 '11

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Aug 20 '11

Solution to textbook inflation: Just rent ‘em

 

Source: Msnbc.com 

Ask any college student and they’ll tell you: “Books cost too much.” The College Board says the average student at a four-year public college should expect to spend $1,137 this year on textbooks and other course materials.

“Books cost a ridiculous amount of money,” says April Wade, a student at the University of Rhode Island, who has paid as much as $160 for a single book.

Textbook costs are rising far faster than inflation. A new analysis by the Student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) shows textbooks prices have increased 22 percent during the last four years.

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Aug 16 '11

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Apr 22 '11
Hey all you rebels out there,
This was another big week in the movement!   Sadly, it comes to an end on low note.  At the moment, our site is crippled along with hundreds of others that depend on Amazon Web Services   Ah..technology.  Hope to be back up soon.  In the meantime…The Rapid City Journal reports that at least one North Dakota high school will be ditching textbooks for tablets next year.   Doug Graham at The Daily Eastern News wrote a great editorial on unnecessary textbook requirements.   The Sydney Morning Herald ran a powerful piece on how the costs of textbooks and other educational materials are making students poor.  From Bangladesh, we learn that the government is creating a Web site to host digital copies of textbooks. 
And if you haven’t done so yet, please check us out on Facebook and Twitter where are numbers are blowing up.

Hey all you rebels out there,

This was another big week in the movement!   Sadly, it comes to an end on low note.  At the moment, our site is crippled along with hundreds of others that depend on Amazon Web Services   Ah..technology.  Hope to be back up soon.  In the meantime…

The Rapid City Journal reports that at least one North Dakota high school will be ditching textbooks for tablets next year
Doug Graham at The Daily Eastern News wrote a great editorial on unnecessary textbook requirements
The Sydney Morning Herald ran a powerful piece on how the costs of textbooks and other educational materials are making students poor. 
From Bangladesh, we learn that the government is creating a Web site to host digital copies of textbooks

And if you haven’t done so yet, please check us out on Facebook and Twitter where are numbers are blowing up.

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Apr 18 '11

State of the Textbook Industry: Facts & Figures

Know the facts, people!  Embrace emerging alternatives to the overpriced textbook. 

Sources: CafeScribe, Conservatree.org, Green America, National Center for Education Statistics, Student Monitor, Student PIRGs, The Epoch Times, US Department of Education, US Government Accountability Office.  Posted June 2010 by Center of Mathematics.

Thanks @centerofmath for this great info!

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Apr 15 '11

4/15/11: Another big week in the Rebellion!

Hey Textbook Rebels!

Big week—let’s review it, shall we?  

The Oregon State Legislature’s session came to an end last week without legislators approving a task force to study ways to lower textbook prices. The failure to make progress on the bill was yet another sign that students need to take this movement into their own hands, showing legislators and administrators that high textbook prices are a vital issue and that we need solutions now!

Digital textbook publisher Kno received a $30 dollar investment from Intel, but bloggers from around the web speculated on the repercussions, with many asserting that this meant the end of Kno’s attempts to build an iPad competitor and a likely focus on apps for smartphones.

eCampusNews posted a fascinating analysis on how the decision in the Google Books settlement case could affect the textbook market as well as the digitization of books as a whole.

And Mississippi State University’s student newspaper, The Reflector, wrote an insightful piece on all of the ways students there are looking to duck high textbook prices

OH—and we’re heading to OHIO very soon.  Viva la Rebellion!

Until next week—The Rebel Team

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Mar 30 '11

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