Understanding High Textbook Prices

8 Sep

A university professor from St.  Louis lately disagreed the climbing costs of textbooks is a consequence of options like hiring or purchasing used.  Henry Roediger, a psychology teacher at Washington  College , expounded book corporations and writers set costs high because they are selling less books and those books stay on the market longer.

I think nobody told those writers that if they’d charged decent prices to start with, the used market would have stalled and the rental market would not have bloomed. I suppose I simply don’t understand economics. In fact an organisation called Student Monitor surveyed university book spending and revealed that scholars spent less about in 2010-11 ( $598 ) than they did 2 years earlier ( $677 ) due to leasing and used-book purchases.  According to a USA Today article from the spring, Cornell  College  is one of the faculties working with publishing homes to hold down textbook costs.

What an idea.  In April, the  School  of Education and Human Development at the  Varsity  of Minnesota took steps to helps its instructors find less expensive books for their scholars.

The university produced a guide to “open” textbooks free ( gasp ) or low cost versions of books that may be found on the web in electronic form or in print.  High textbook costs are one of many factors that are making a contribution to the accelerating financial millstone that scholars are facing. Cheap open textbooks would go a ways in relieving that burden.  Read more here :


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