from the Cleveland Plain Dealer
More than 65 percent of college students say they have not bought a textbook because of its high price and nearly half say that textbook costs can dictate whether they take a course, according to a report by student Public Interest Research Groups.
Over the past decade, college textbook prices have increased by 82 percent, or three times the rate of inflation, making them one of the biggest out of pocket expenses for students and families, according to the report, “Fixing the Broken Textbooks Market: How Students Respond to High Textbook Costs and Demand Alternatives,” released this week by the Ohio PIRG Education Fund.
Students pay an average of $1,200 on books and supplies each year, according to the College Board. In fall 2013, student research groups surveyed 2,039 students from more than 150 campuses in 33 states, including Ohio, about college textbooks. A majority of students said they want other options than having to purchase textbooks.
The article above is one I've read a bunch of times over the past few years. I remember the first time I had sticker shock as I walked through the campus bookstore and realized my students were paying more than $300 for my assigned books, including 2 that I really didn't use very much.
I started to spend more time each break figuring out how to cut costs. There are all kinds of ways to do this.
Q: Do you know, within $20 or so, what your texts cost your students? Do you think that's reasonable? If not, what are you doing about textbook costs? Share any and all ideas below in the whinging section, er, the comments!