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  • Required Reading | CALPIRG Students
    of all textbooks now come bundled or shrinkwrapped with supplementary materials such as workbooks and CD ROMS As of 2004 bundled textbooks cost 10 percent more on average than their unbundled counterparts We found examples of bundled books however that are considerably more expensive costing 46 to 48 percent more than the standard edition For example the bundled version of Pearson s International Economics costs 48 percent more than the unbundled version New Covers Old Content Zero Used Books Publishers frequently issue new editions of textbooks often with few substantive changes and even in subject areas like calculus and introductory physics that have not changed significantly in years Once a new edition is issued faculty and bookstores have little choice but to stop using the old edition The result is that the previous edition disappears from bookstore shelves almost overnight limiting the used textbook market We found two examples of new editions that faculty reviewers say lack substantive changes Thomson s Western Civilization 6th edition and Houghton Mifflin s Calculus with Analytic Geometry 7th edition Modern Bundles Resell Sabotage Bundling not only can increase the price of a textbook but also can undermine the used book market Textbooks increasingly come wrapped with one time use components such as one time passwords to websites with problem sets that prevent the entire book package from being resold at the end of a semester Pearson s bundled version of General Chemistry 9th edition is one example of a book with packaged components that eliminate buyback potential Low Cost Options that are Anything But Low Cost Publishers often claim that they offer lower cost options that are cheaper than the standard hardcover text McGraw Hill s Organic Chemistry 6th edition is one example of an allegedly low cost textbook that upon further examination actually has a higher net cost than the standard edition Customized to Limit the Used Book Market Publishers increasingly promote custom books which allow a professor to pick and choose the content he or she wishes to include in the class text While customization can potentially lower the cost of a textbook and create a more focused curriculum custom books also can undermine the used book market At the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign one professor tailored Houghton Mifflin s Psychology 7th edition so specifically for his course that his students will not be able to sell the book back Policy Recommendations Textbooks Should Be Priced and Sold at a Reasonable Cost to Students Publishers should work to keep the cost of producing their books and ancillary items as low as possible without sacrificing educational content Low cost alternatives should be true equivalents of their standard counterparts having equal usability completeness and quality of content When publishers sell textbooks bundled they should sell the same textbooks separately Faculty should give preference to the lowest cost option when the educational content is comparable Publishers Faculty and Universities Should Build a Vibrant Used Textbook Market Publishers should keep each textbook edition and

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/reports/required-reading (2016-04-29)
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  • Exposing the Textbook Industry | CALPIRG Students
    meeting only 38 reported that the sales representative would always disclose the price 2 Publishers need to provide unbundled alternatives to bundled textbooks and disclose the availability of these alternatives Bundling refers to the practice of shrink wrapping a textbook with additional materials such as CDs pass codes or workbooks Only 50 of the professors who told us that they assigned a bundled book last semester said that they used the additional materials often One third said that they either could not assign the book they chose without the bundle or did not know if that option was available This finding stands in contrast to the claims of many in the publishing industry that most of their books are available unbundled 3 Most professors we surveyed often find new editions unnecessary Of the professors we surveyed 71 said that new editions of textbooks in their field are justified only sometimes or rarely confirming earlier PIRG research Since new editions are on average 12 more expensive than the previous edition students are spending a lot of money for little educational gain New editions also hamper the used book market the most practical source for most students to access cheaper books Policy Recommendations Textbooks should be produced and priced to be as inexpensive as possible without sacrificing educational value New textbook editions should be produced only when educationally necessary each book should be kept on the market as long as possible with preference given to paper or online supplements over a whole new edition Faculty should have the option to purchase textbooks unbundled whenever a textbook is sold with additional materials it also should be available without the extra materials Publishers should provide faculty with more information on each book s price intended length of time on the market and substantive content

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/reports/exposing-textbook-industry (2016-04-29)
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  • Limited Knowledge | CALPIRG Students
    to or higher than traditional peer reviewed journals 1 Open Course Materials And Software In 1999 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT launched OpenCourseWare OCW a program MIT uses to make all of its course materials available free online for anyone in the world 2 OCW had 1 100 courses published as of June 1 2005 3 Rice University launched a similar site Connexions which grew from 200 modules to 2 300 in two years 4 Leverage Interlibrary Loan Systems Interlibrary loaning programs allow multiple institutions to share research materials through the Web or a manual delivery system For example the University of California UC interlibrary loan system allows a library to borrow or photocopy an article available in another institution s collections thus providing access to research without significant cost to the reader and capturing efficiencies in the way materials are collected and shared 5 Create Permanent Institutional Archives Administrators and librarians should create permanent standing archives in which researchers at the institution can deposit their work The university system maintains the archive and makes available the research stored within it over the Internet This guarantees free permanent access to the research produced by that university to the university itself other university systems and the public Bulk Purchasing Institutions should purchase journals in consortia with other universities to help lower subscription prices In 2002 the UC campuses negotiating in consortia through the California Digital Library saved 27 million dollars 6 After purchasing the information each of the UC schools had access to it through the Internet Bulk purchasing lowers the prices and maintains user access to vital research UC budget materials give dramatic evidence of the advantages of library resource sharing reporting that if campus libraries independently were to negotiate for license and catalog the 10 000 journal titles

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/reports/limited-knowledge (2016-04-29)
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  • Protecting Internet Freedom | CALPIRG Students
    blog of Consumer Reports has posted the full letter Letter excerpt Consumers benefit greatly from being able to use the Internet to connect with a wide variety of buyers sellers and with each other Online forums and marketplaces allow consumers to exchange information about products and exchange products themselves in thriving secondary markets However the broad language of the bill threatens these activities Consequently overzealous rights holders could shut down lawful exchange sites like craigslist eBay swap com or BookCrossing closing off valuable outlets for small scale buying and selling For instance a legitimate student to student textbook exchange site could be hampered or shut down by a publisher for the actions of just a few infringing users raising the costs of an already expensive education Our letter also points out that while the bill will choke innovation and discourse on the net and create a legal tangle it won t stop piracy We are also particularly troubled that the bill could put a stop to numerous Student PIRG efforts to lower the cost of textbooks as noted above A variety of organizations and websites including Google Facebook and Twitter oppose the bill also It goes too far Consumer Protection Add new comment 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 Internships Work on important issues learn valuable

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/blogs/ca/protecting-internet-freedom (2016-04-29)
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  • Halloween with a Social Change twist! | CALPIRG Students
    local food bank Who said trick or treating is just for kids We can all benefit from a little bit of community outreach even on Halloween We re going to use some of this canned food to cook our first Davis Community Outreach dinner where we share a good meal and good discussion with the hungry and homeless in Davis Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Hunger CALPIRG at UC Davis Add new comment 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 Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign Affordable Higher Education 21st Century Transportation

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/blogs/ca/halloween-social-change-twist (2016-04-29)
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  • Slay the vampires, save the world. | CALPIRG Students
    Slay the vampires save energy save money and save the world First warn your friends Then report a vampire slaying Energy CALPIRG at UC Berkeley CALPIRG at UC Davis CALPIRG at UC Irvine CALPIRG at UC Riverside CALPIRG at UC San Diego CALPIRG at UC Santa Barbara CALPIRG at UC Santa Cruz CALPIRG at UCLA CALPIRG at University of Southern California Add new comment 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 Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign Affordable Higher Education 21st Century Transportation Great Pacific Cleanup Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    43 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 get involved in our campaign today PLEDGE CALPIRG Learn more Join thousands of

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    safety In this report U S PIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards More Pages first previous 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 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

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