The Current Practices Of The Textbook Industry Drive Up The Cost Of College Textbooks

1809 Words8 Pages
Textbooks are getting more expensive as the years go by, publishers add extra materials to raise prices, and new editions are published frequently, often with little to no real content change. These problems are even worse today, as the cost of books keeps rising to the point where some students will decline to take a class due to the cost of the material. A 2004 study by the California Student Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) along with the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG), called “Ripoff 101: How the current practices of the textbook industry drive up the cost of college textbooks,” confirmed this problem. A survey polling the most widely assigned textbooks at 10 public universities in California and Oregon, and interviews were done with 156 faculty members and 521 students on the cost of textbooks and purchasing habits. (Fairchild 4). Despite the rising costs of printing and shipping due to inflation, publishers are artificially causing the cost of textbooks to rise to line their own pockets with profit and it will harm lower to middle income students ' education. Textbook prices have been on the rise since the late 1970s. A book that would have cost 25 dollars in 1978 had risen in cost to 208 dollars in 2013, an increase of 812 percent (Follett 1), and with an 82 percent increase between the years of 2002 and 2013 (Sennack 6). This is a higher increase in the price percentage wise than medical care, housing, and even the consumer

More about The Current Practices Of The Textbook Industry Drive Up The Cost Of College Textbooks

Open Document