Posts tagged ‘textbooks’

August 22, 2011

College students feeling the effects of soaring textbook costs

by Grace

Most college students are opting not to buy at least one textbook because of high costs, and many wait until class starts to see if they really need the book.  With book prices increasing almost three times the rate of inflation over the last four years, many students are having to spend $1,000 to $2,000 a year for all their class texts.

Seven out of 10 undergraduates surveyed at 13 college campuses said they had not purchased one or more textbooks because the cost was too high, according to a new survey released Thursday by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group….

The survey, although not scientific, included 1,905 students from 13 college campuses, and found most of the students believed not having all their textbooks would adversely affect their grades….

U.S. PIRG, in collaboration with student chapters, have been conducting research for years on the high cost of college textbooks. Their survey found four out of five students said new editions had been a factor by preventing them from purchasing used copies, and half said bundles or custom editions for their campus caused them to encounter an increased cost.

Options to cut costs include renting e-books

“For years, a handful of powerful textbook publishers have monopolized the industry and driven up costs four times the rate of inflation,” said Nicole Allen, textbooks advocate for the Student PIRGs, last week in a release. “Better options are out there. Between used books, rental programs and long-term alternatives like open textbooks, we have the tools we need to make textbooks affordable for more students.”

Some student groups have joined  Textbook Rebellion. is a movement of students, parents, professors and organizations inspired to take action against skyrocketing college textbook prices. Textbook publishing is broken. We’re making a difference by raising awareness of the problem and shining some light on emerging solutions, like open-license textbooks.

We enlist the support of students and campus associations, as well as parents, faculty, administrators, legislators, and creators of open educational resources.

Rising Costs Force Students To Skimp On Textbooks – HuffPost

August 9, 2011

Save money on college textbooks by using Kindle

by Grace

According to Amazon, students can save up to 80%  off the list price of  print textbooks by renting them using Kindle.  The books can also be read on your computer and mobile device.  This in particular seems important.

Keep your annotations: Access your notes and highlights anytime, even after the rental expires, at

When I did a quick check on the Amazon site, it appeared that the selection of rentable textbooks is limited.  But here’s an example showing how renting even one book each semester could save money.

Intermediate Accounting by Donald E. Kieso
Hardcover:                                     $195.99
Kindle Edition:                                $109.20
Kindle rental for one semester:        $62.56

You would recoup most of  the $139 Kindle price (Kindles cost from $114 to $379 depending on features) within one semester by saving $133 through renting this one textbook instead of using the hardcover edition.  Thereafter, either buying or renting one Kindle edition each semester could save a few hundred dollars each year.  Plus, you’d have the use of the Kindle for your other reading.

I’m interested!

More details in this Fastweb article, including this reminder.

Note: You do not have to own a Kindle in order to rent from the Kindle Textbook Rental program – just the Kindle app.

On the other hand, there is this from Debbie Stier at Perfect Score Project — Studies Show Students Prefer Print Books In Some Situations And E-Books In Others

Via Instapundit

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