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  • Tips to Save on Textbooks | INPIRG
    common classes you can often find books by just asking around Here are some other ideas if that doesn t work Try searching for postings on Facebook or Craigslist Check with your campus bookstore or student government for a local bookswap 5 Buy e textbook subscriptions Don t mind reading on a computer screen Don t plan to keep the book Got a high tech tablet like iPad or Kindle Then see if your textbook comes as an e textbook E textbook sites CourseSmart com BarnesandNoble com Kno com Buyer beware Our study on digital textbooks found that e textbooks had major drawbacks for a lot of students Before you buy here s what you need to know The average cost is 50 of a new book which isn t always a good deal compared to used books or renting E textbooks typically expire after 180 days so think of them as digital rentals Make sure to read the fine print for limits on printing and offline access 6 Look for coupon codes Many websites offer special deals and coupon codes that can save you 10 or more Try coupon websites like RetailMeNot com or cash back sites like Ebates com Also watch the Twitter and Facebook feeds of textbook retailers 7 Compare with the bookstore If you re buying books last minute you may not have much of a choice But even if you have other options make sure to see what the bookstores has to offer Here are some basic bookstore numbers to keep in mind Used books are typically 75 of the new price we ve found this to be higher than online prices but more consistent If a book is being used again next term the bookstore will usually buy it back for 50 of the new price If the bookstore doesn t know whether the book is being used again next semester they will buy books back for 10 30 of the new price sometimes less 8 Save your receipts A 2 500 federal tax credit is available to some students for their textbook purchases and other qualifying higher education expenses Click here for more information about the American Opportunity Tax Credit 9 If you re really stuck If you can t find your textbook at a price you can afford don t give up on doing well in the class Here are some ideas Check the library Some schools put copies of textbooks on reserve and if you re lucky you might get to check out a copy Ask your prof to borrow a copy Most professors receive at least one sample copy of the textbook Buy an older edition which are usually dirt cheap and get the new book s page numbers and workbook questions from a friend 10 Advocate affordable alternatives Finally the only way to change textbook prices in the long run is to get the word out about less expensive textbooks Free online open textbooks are available in dozens of

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  • A Snapshot of Student Opinions on High Tech Textbooks | INPIRG
    textbooks to e readers based on what they knew In follow up focus groups students generally became less interested in switching to e readers upon learning the cost of the devices iPod iPhone textbooks would be convenient More than a third 38 of the students said that they would use a textbook on their iPod iPhone or similar device frequently or all the time if the option was available 77 of the students said that they would use it at least a few times Print is still preferred over digital but students like both 70 said they prefer to read textbooks in print rather than on a computer if cost is not a factor 30 of the students said that they would pay extra to have both print and digital versions of their textbooks Given students widely different budgets and learning styles we should seek a system where students can choose between high tech options and traditional print formats Furthermore new technologies are only a solution insofar as students can afford to use them Textbook publishers must look for models that do not rely on excessive prices or heavy restrictions on digital copies such as open textbooks Resource file download Download the report About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments IU Chapter Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Democracy Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports 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 Resources by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable

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  • Campaign Resources | INPIRG
    Disclosure Law Resource Energy Service Corps Energy Service Corps Project Packet Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the Energy Service Corps campaign on your campus Keep Reading about Energy Service Corps Project Packet Resource Consumer Protection FAILbook Facebook makes it pretty tough for you to control who gets to see your personal information This guide will walk you through step by step how to adjust your settings to control who can see your information on Facebook Keep Reading about FAILbook Resource Other Activist Toolkit This Activist Toolkit provides any intern or volunteer with the basic tools necessary to run strong campaigns and service projects and win reforms both on and off campus for students and the public interest Keep Reading about Activist Toolkit Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 next last More About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments IU Chapter Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Democracy Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports 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 Resources by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Affordable Higher Education Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Students in Action Student leaders educate the campus about income inequality during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week We collect petition signatures lots of them Hunger and Homelessness intern Roua Aboukhadijeh collecting interview footage on campus for a short film on poverty Students campaign for High Speed Rail Fast Trains

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  • Campaign Resources | INPIRG
    Consumer Protection Toy Safety Tips From toxic chemicals to choking hazards to dangerous magnets see what dangerous toys to watch out for while you shop Keep Reading about Toy Safety Tips Resource Foods Healthy Foods Project Packet Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the health foods campaign on your campus Keep Reading about Healthy Foods Project Packet Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 next last More About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments IU Chapter Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Democracy Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports 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 Resources by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Affordable Higher Education Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Students in Action Student leaders educate the campus about income inequality during National Hunger and Homelessness

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  • Campaign Resources | INPIRG
    see what dangerous toys to watch out for while you shop Keep Reading about Toy Safety Tips Resource Foods Healthy Foods Project Packet Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the health foods campaign on your campus Keep Reading about Healthy Foods Project Packet Resource Higher Ed Student Debt Issue Brief Student Loan Debt in Indiana If Congress fails to act on July 1 the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans will double from 3 4 percent to 6 8 percent A 2007 college affordability plan lowered the rate but expired in 2012 Last year President Obama and Congress extended the low rate for one year In Indiana 271 089 federal student loan borrowers will be impacted Keep Reading about Issue Brief Student Loan Debt in Indiana Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 next last More About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments IU Chapter Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Democracy Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports 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 Resources by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Affordable Higher Education Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Students in Action Student leaders educate the campus about income inequality during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week We collect petition signatures lots of them Hunger and Homelessness intern Roua Aboukhadijeh collecting interview footage on campus for a short film on poverty Students campaign for High

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  • Campaign Resources | INPIRG
    to know to organize the Hunger Campaign Awareness Week on your campus Keep Reading about Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Toolkit Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments IU Chapter Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Democracy Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports 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 Resources by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Affordable Higher Education Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Students in Action Student leaders educate the campus about income inequality during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week We collect petition signatures lots of them Hunger and Homelessness intern Roua Aboukhadijeh collecting interview footage on campus for a short film on poverty Students campaign for High Speed Rail Fast Trains ARE Cool Students volunteer at a local garden for the

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable Updates | INPIRG
    Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Student leaders educate the campus about income inequality during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week We collect petition signatures lots of them Hunger and Homelessness intern Roua Aboukhadijeh collecting interview footage on campus for a short film on poverty Students campaign for High Speed Rail Fast Trains ARE Cool Students volunteer at a local garden for the

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable Updates | INPIRG
    Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Student leaders educate the campus about income inequality during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week We collect petition signatures lots of them Hunger and Homelessness intern Roua Aboukhadijeh collecting interview footage on campus for a short film on poverty Students campaign for High Speed Rail Fast Trains ARE Cool Students volunteer at a local garden for the

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