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  • A Guide to Establishing Textbook Rental Services | CALPIRG Students
    their books Students using existing textbook rental services pay 130 to 240 per year plus some course materials students attending public four year colleges currentlypay an average of 800 to 900 to purchase their textbooks each year A recent survey by CALPIRG found that students at California universities spent an average of 898 on textbooks in the 2004 2005 school year Similarly the College Board found students at four year public institutions spent an average of 853 for textbooks and supplies that same year Taking supplies and course materials into consideration a student renting her textbooks could save at least 400 every year or a total of 1 600 2 000 depending on the length of her college career With tuition and textbooks costs on the rise universities need to explore ways to help maintain access to higher education by lowering students costs Textbook rental services provide a valuable and economical alternative to the high cost of purchasing textbooks This document is a twelve step guide for colleges and universities interested in lowering textbook costs for students by transitioning to a textbook rental service or exploring new innovative business models This guide is designed to help schools develop a viable model that will best fit each individual campus based on lessons drawn from existing rental services Twelve Steps to Renting Textbooks Create a Textbook Rental Service Advisory Committee Establish Textbook Rental Mission Establish Operating Guidelines Update Contracts Establish Faculty Textbook Adoption Guidelines Determine Rental Fees and Startup Costs Determine Storage Requirements Purchase and Build Textbook Inventory Develop Computer Tracking System Communication with Campus Determine Store Layout and Staffing Teach Students and Faculty How to Use Textbook Rental Service Continue to Explore New Solutions to the High Cost of Textbooks For those readers interested in transitioning to a rental system the

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  • Ripoff 101: 2nd Edition | CALPIRG Students
    1994 while prices charged for all finished goods increased only 14 percent Similarly the prices charged by publishers for general books increased just 19 percent during the same time period New textbook editions are costly and limit the availability of used textbooks The most widely purchased textbooks on college campuses have new editions published every three years on average New editions of the textbooks surveyed cost on average 45 percent more than used copies of the previous edition When issuing new editions most publishers raise the prices of their books Of the textbooks surveyed new textbook prices jumped 12 percent on average between the previous and current edition almost twice the rate of inflation between 2000 and 2003 6 8 percent Three fourths 76 percent of the faculty surveyed in our 2004 report said that they found new editions justified only half the time or less Bundling drives up textbook costs Half 50 percent of the textbooks in the survey were sold bundled or shrinkwrapped with additional instructional materials such as CD ROMs and workbooks When a bundled book is available for purchase unbundled without the addon materials the bundled book is on average 10 percent more expensive than its unbundled counterpart Some bundled textbooks are substantially more expensive For example a Thomson Learning chemistry textbook was 47 percent more expensive bundled 223 75 than when sold as a separate textbook 152 00 More than half of the bundled textbooks surveyed 55 percent were not available for students to purchase a la carte in which the textbook is available without the add on materials Two thirds 65 percent of the faculty surveyed in our 2004 report said that they used bundled items rarely or never Textbook publishers charge American students more than students overseas for the same textbooks The average textbook surveyed costs 20 percent more in the United States than it does in the United Kingdom Some textbooks were dramatically more expensive in the United States than in the United Kingdom For example Pearson s Calculus textbook selling for about 100 in the U S costs only 38 on the U K Amazon com website just one third the price Freeman s Chemical Principles textbook priced at 185 in the U S is available in the U K for only 88 half the price Some publishers display overseas prices on their websites For example Thomson Learning s website lists the prices charged to students in the U S U K Europe Africa and the Middle East According to this website for the books included in our survey Thomson Learning charges U S students 72 percent more on average than it does students in the U K Africa and Middle East Some books are priced even higher For example Thomson Learning charges U S students 108 for its Biology textbook but charges students in the U K Africa and Middle East only 51 for the same book Recommendations This report is a renewed call to the publishing industry to reform

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    views on textbook industry practices that drive up prices February 2007 More 08 01 2005 Report Limited Knowledge The future of academic research is in peril University budgets are decreasing while the cost of academic journals is skyrocketing As a result universities are unable to purchase vital journal subscriptions that help boost the quality and success of new academic research Fortunately new and innovative solutions are growing in popularity and have the potential to change the future of academic communication September 2005 More Pages first previous 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 next last Visit Our Blog CALPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun shines more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in a year By capturing just a tiny

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun shines more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in a year By capturing just a tiny fraction of this energy we can decrease our dependence on fossil fuels reduce global warming pollution and create thousands of new jobs Join our campaign to get California cities to GO SOLAR Take Action to Save Water Take Action Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using way more water than we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today PLEDGE CALPIRG Learn more Join thousands of other UC students and pledge CALPIRG By adding the CALPIRG fee to your student account for our own independent public interest group we can make change happen To

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun shines more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in a year By capturing just a tiny fraction of this energy we can decrease our dependence on fossil fuels reduce global warming pollution and create thousands of new jobs Join our campaign to get California cities to GO SOLAR Take Action to Save Water Take Action Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using way more water than we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today PLEDGE CALPIRG Learn more Join thousands of other UC students and pledge CALPIRG By adding the CALPIRG fee to your student account for our

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun shines more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in a year By capturing just a tiny fraction of this energy we can decrease our dependence on fossil fuels reduce global warming pollution and create thousands of new jobs Join our campaign to get California cities to GO SOLAR Take Action to Save Water Take Action Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using way more water than we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today PLEDGE CALPIRG Learn more Join thousands of other UC students and pledge CALPIRG By adding the CALPIRG fee to your student account for our own independent public interest group we can make

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    launch More Pages first previous 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 next last Visit Our Blog CALPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun shines more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in a year By capturing just a tiny fraction of this energy we can decrease our dependence on fossil fuels reduce global warming pollution and create thousands of new jobs Join our campaign to get California cities to GO SOLAR Take Action to Save Water Take Action Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using way more water than we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    potential as a solution because they can meet the needs of all students More Pages first previous 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 next last Visit Our Blog CALPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun shines more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in a year By capturing just a tiny fraction of this energy we can decrease our dependence on fossil fuels reduce global warming pollution and create thousands of new jobs Join our campaign to get California cities to GO SOLAR Take Action to Save Water Take Action Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using way more water than we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving

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