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.
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.
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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!