After spending six years in college, I know the cost of textbooks is outrageous. A few of my textbooks were only accessible by an access code, good for that semester. There were occasions I looked on Amazon and found I could download a textbook for free via Unlimited Kindle. I kept most of my textbooks for future resources for my writing career. The access code one, I could not keep due to access to the material ending after the semester ended. So, is there a solution to our textbook problems? Let’s find out.

Textbooks are expensive. They can cost anywhere from under $10 to over $200 for the average college student. Per CBS News, the cost of “… textbooks have risen four times faster than the rate of inflation over the past 10 years.” CBS News states the main problem is textbooks bundled with access codes. These access codes expire at the end of every semester. Many textbooks are only accessible via access codes. The access codes render the textbooks non-refundable or resalable at the end of the semester.

According to Student U.S. PIRG (the United States Public Interest Research Group), their research shows course materials are becoming restrictive, causing inflexible pricing. College students are forced to pay full price for their textbooks. [Read More]

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