Bity Book Bite: Textbook prices, Why So High?

“The textbook market is like the pharmaceutical market: the people who have the most influence over what is purchased (doctors and professors) don’t have to pay for their choices. Students do.”

That is the first sentence in a New York Times article titled: “The Real Cost of College Textbooks”

In the article, a professor describes how publishers, through the cost they place on books, basically fund the colleges/universities they send the books to. I was first informed of this by University of Dallas Textbook Manager Matt but I had to look some things up myself to be really sure.

I have faced high textbook prices and have been angry at them, particularly anything Biology, Astronomy, Chemistry, that field related because those books tended to be the most costly…and Art.

I agree that students suffer the most when it comes to textbooks and the situation doesn’t seem to get any better with the economy being in a slump.

Another article from the Fort Worth Star Telegram titled “New federal rules aim to help college students with textbook costs” showcased interviews with students at Texas A&M and their experiences with buying textbooks. I am surprised no one swore.

I should note that both of these articles were made in July 2010 a few months before the school year started so it is recent.

If universities must have students buy the books from their bookstores to earn funds then hopefully they can find a way to lower the prices.

Manager Matt continues to watch over the books and keep observing parents’ and students’ agitated looks.

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