Even though students are stuck paying publishers' outrageous prices, you do have a few tools to reduce how much you spend. Being a smart consumer could save you hundreds of dollars every year. Follow these tips to save on textbooks!
Everyone knows that textbooks prices are outrageous. Students spend an average of $1,168 a year on textbooks and course materials, and prices have been rising more than for times the rate of inflation for the past two decades!
Every student knows that textbook prices are outrageous! Many books cost over $200 a piece and end up worth pennies by the end of the semester, often thanks to unnecessary new editions and pass-codes that expire. It's time for publishers to stop charging ridiculous prices and start taking advantage of today's technology to offer students a better deal. Our campaign is working to increase the use of "open textbooks," which are free online, free to share, and affordable in print -- the ideal publishing model to make textbooks affordable.
Washington State recently launched the Open Course Library, a collection of high-quality, low-cost educational materials for high-enrollment courses. According to this analysis, the textbook cost savings will exceed the cost of the program within one year and could rise as high as $41.6 million.
The Textbook Rebellion kicked off a six-week, cross-country tour with events planned for 40 campuses nationwide. At the tour stop, the University of Maryland, coalition members, students, faculty and a representative from the U.S. Department of Education were joined by the tour mascots, 'Mr. $200 Textbook' and 'Textbook Rebel,' to announce the launch.