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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | INPIRG
    could save an average of 128 a course if traditional textbooks were replaced with free or low cost open source electronic versions a new report finds Keep Reading News Release Student PIRGs Higher Ed Textbooks REPORT Open Textbooks The Billion Dollar Solution A report released today by the Student PIRGs shows that an alternative textbook model called open textbooks could save undergraduate students more than a billion dollar a year Keep Reading Report Student PIRGs Textbooks Open Textbooks The Billion Dollar Solution New report shows alternative textbook model could save students a billion dollars Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next last View All RSS Feed 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 Take Action Faculty Member Check out

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | INPIRG
    in the marketplace high textbook costs will continue to be a problem for students unless the cost of high priced new editions of college textbooks comes down Keep Reading News Release Student PIRGs Textbooks College Textbooks Latest Trends and How to Save Money This Fall As students across the country prepare to return to campus this fall textbooks remain one of the priciest items on their shopping lists However several new developments suggest the textbooks market may be reaching a turning point Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Higher Ed Hunger Sustainability Textbooks Transit Highlights from Fall Semester Thanks for being part of INPIRG and helping make 2011 such a success Check out some of our highlights from the year Collecting 250 pounds of food and 300 articles of clothing to fight poverty in Bloomington Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Textbooks Big Day for Open Education Today was a big day in the movement for free and open textbooks A conference call featuring U S Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter CALPIRG textbook affordability activist Arthur Karadzhyan and other leaders kicked off two exciting new initiatives for open education Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next last View All RSS Feed 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 Take Action Faculty Member Check out the Open Textbook

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | INPIRG
    Tips to Save on Textbooks Summary Even though students are stuck paying publishers outrageous prices you do have a few tools to reduce how much you spend Being a smart consumer could save you hundreds of dollars every year Follow these tips to save on textbooks Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection Higher Ed Textbooks Groups target textbook prices to rein in college costs A push to create free or inexpensive textbooks is gaining momentum as educators philanthropists and policymakers nationwide search for new ways to rein in college costs Keep Reading Media Hit Textbooks State student interest group protests high textbook costs Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next last View All RSS Feed 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

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | INPIRG
    200 Textbook and Textbook Rebel to announce the launch Keep Reading Blog Post Textbooks Ripoff 101 Tips for Saving on Textbooks It s been 8 years since we launched a campaign to make textbooks more affordable I m impressed by the progress we ve made but there s still much work to be done It s buying season though so before I give the rundown on the campaign check out the NYT s Guide to Finding Cheap Textbooks Keep Reading Add new comment Report Textbooks A Cover to Cover Solution The Student PIRGs conducted this study to evaluate options from the traditional textbook market rentals e books and e readers and open textbooks as potential next steps to reduce the high cost of textbooks The report finds that student preferences vary widely and that options like rentals and e books only appeal to a subset of students Open textbooks have the highest potential as a solution because they can meet the needs of all students Keep Reading News Release Textbooks New Laws Free Books and Textbook Rentals Could Help Curb Rising Costs This Fall BOSTON Mass August 26 2010 Students across the country are gearing up for sticker shock over textbook prices this semester The average student spends 900 per year on textbooks and new calculations by INPIRG show that costs have increased at an astounding rate textbook wholesale prices have risen more than four times the rate of inflation over the last two decades 1990 2009 Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next last View All RSS Feed 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

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | INPIRG
    criteria and that an emerging form of digital textbooks open textbooks are a perfect match August 2008 Keep Reading News Release Higher Ed Textbooks Congress Moves to Cut Textbook Costs in Landmark Bill Marking the first major federal action to curb the skyrocketing cost of college textbooks Congress approved legislation today that will bring down prices for millions of students Keep Reading Report Textbooks Required Reading Over the last three years research conducted by the Student Public Interest Research Groups PIRGs and others have shown that textbooks are a growing cost of going to college These studies also have found that the textbook industry is using a host of practices that drive up the price of college textbooks In the fall of 2006 we interviewed faculty members walked through bookstores and interviewed bookstore staff to uncover textbooks that reveal six types of textbook industry gimmicks October 2006 Keep Reading Report Textbooks Exposing the Textbook Industry Today s college students are under enormous financial pressure The gap between tuition and fees and financial aid leaves many students working long hours through college struggling to make ends meet and graduating with large debts The high cost of textbooks is yet another financial burden MASSPIRG conducted a survey of 287 professors from a variety of disciplines at Massachusetts colleges and universities over the fall semester of 2006 to get their views on textbook industry practices that drive up prices February 2007 Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next last View All RSS Feed 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

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | INPIRG
    students to rent rather than purchase their textbooks each semester 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 July 2005 Keep Reading Report Higher Ed Textbooks Ripoff 101 2nd Edition In order to both confirm our initial findings and to follow up on a number of anecdotal reports of additional problems with textbook pricing the State PIRGs conducted an expanded survey of the most widely purchased textbooks at 59 colleges and universities across the country February 2005 Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 View All RSS Feed 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 Take Action

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable: Recommendations to Faculty | INPIRG
    don t always work out to savings Before customizing to reduce costs make sure the price is less than used copies of the standard edition For e books keep in mind that students won t be able to sell them back at the end of the semester In many cases students can t even keep e books for future reference 2 Communicate with students before the semester starts A great way to help students find the best deals is to let them know about their assignments as early as possible When you get your class list send an email with the title author edition and ISBN for each book Also make sure to note whether any are optional and if using an older or unbundled edition is acceptable Tip Make the search for used books simpler by setting up a textbook list for your class on Listmania or BookLinkPro 3 Negotiate with publishers Since faculty are in charge of selecting textbooks they have economic leverage over publishers Even though the top concern is adopting the best book for a class faculty can pressure publishers to lower prices or create better deals for students Example In 2004 the UCLA math department negotiated a 25 price cut with Thomson Learning now Cengage Learning Tips for negotiating with publishers The larger the book order the more power you have Force publishers to compete by coordinating book adoptions with other instructors or even departments at other schools Increase competition Inform your reps which other lower cost titles you are considering Really turn up the heat by including an open textbook on the list Don t fall for publisher tricks Publishers sometimes try to make custom editions or bundles seems like a good deal but actually will end up costing students more Consider what the publisher is getting out of the deal and be sure to ask yourself how the price compares to used books and whether students will be able to sell it back at the end of the term Be persistent Faculty across the country are increasingly frustrated with high prices so publisher reps are trained to mitigate affordability concerns Don t settle too soon Also make sure to do the math before customizing a book to reduce the cost see above 4 Sign the Open Textbooks Statement Demonstrate your support for affordable alternatives like open textbooks by signing the Open Textbooks Statement of Intent More than 3 000 professors have signed to tell publishers universities and lawmakers that they intend to seek and consider open textbooks for use in their courses Click here to read the statement and add your name to the list 5 Tell your colleagues about affordable alternatives There are dozens of open textbooks and other affordable alternatives currently available but most faculty members haven t heard about them Our research shows that open textbooks can reduce costs 80 that s a total of 10 000 of savings for a 100 student class so we need your help to

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  • Federal Textbook Price Disclosure Law | INPIRG
    first step is to get that information on the table This provision gives professors the tools they need to identify and consider lower cost options the prices enable them to compare books apples to apples and the revision and format information can help them gauge whether a cheaper or older edition would be sufficient The vast majority 94 of the professors we surveyed said they d choose the less expensive of two equal options Although price disclosure will not transform the market overnight increased transparency and preference for lower cost texts will eventually compel publishers to respond with better books at fairer prices 2 Unbundling What it says Publishers are required to offer all bundled textbooks for sale as individual unbundled textbooks and supplemental items Textbooks with supplemental materials that are integrated into the content are exempt e g a CD with clips analyzed in a music text and publishers must unbundle custom textbooks to the maximum extent practicable Why it is necessary Bundling the common practice of shrink wrapping or packaging textbooks with other books or supplemental items including CDs workbooks and online passcodes inflates prices and makes used books harder to find and sell These items often go unused and thus do not contribute to the educational value of the text Research conducted by the Student PIRGs confirms that bundling is a common and costly practice About half of all textbooks are bundled and bundled textbooks are 10 50 more expensive than the textbook alone Two thirds 65 of professors reported they rarely or never use the supplemental items in bundled textbooks How it lowers costs Students have the option to purchase only the materials they need and they can save money by finding used copies of the individual components Additionally instructors also have the option to assign less expensive unbundled textbooks It s important to remember that bundling itself is not necessarily a bad practice The problem is that publishers have used it as a way to inflate prices and undermine the used book market The intent of the law is not to prohibit bundling but instead to ensure bundles are created for the right reasons Note It is possible that publishers will use the exemption for integrated textbooks to evade the unbundling requirement in some cases However given the clear legislative intent and the strength of the overall bill this should not be a major concern 3 Textbook List Disclosure What it says Colleges must provide the list of required and recommended textbooks for each course in the catalog students use during registration The list should include the following information International Standard Book Number ISBN or author title publisher copyright date Retail price The phrase To Be Determined if the information is unavailable Colleges may choose the manner in which they present the information but they must comply with this provision to the maximum extent practicable Why it is necessary Textbook costs are unpredictable one semester could total 100 the next could be 600 and students

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