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!
“The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates that textbooks and supplies make up 72 percent of tuition and fees for a student at a two-year public institution; and 26 percent for a student attending a four-year public college. Compared to conventional textbooks, open textbooks can reduce student costs by 80 percent and are the best long-term solution to textbook affordability, according to a report, A Cover to Cover Solution, by the StudentPIRGs (Public Interest Research Group).”
Think about it - how many more people could afford to go to school if open textbooks were the first place educators looked to find course materials? How many could afford to stay in school? Or how many students would do much better in school because they could work less and study more?
The solution is clear - join the rebellion. Stand with us to let educators, administrators, and legislators know that the status quo isn’t working. But we’re not just complaining. We’re offering a solution.
Be a rebel. Sign the petition today. http://www.textbookrebellion.org/petition