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  • A Cover to Cover Solution | INPIRG
    This finding mirrors a survey we conducted in 2008 which suggests that student attitudes have not changed significantly A combination of print and digital may be best for some students 47 of the students said they would be comfortable using at least one of the digital textbook formats To rent or to buy Most students would choose both 93 of the students would rent at least some of their textbooks but only 34 would rent all of them 2 Traditional cost reducing options have limited potential because they only appeal to a subset of students We used the student survey and textbook price data to estimate how much rentals e books and e readers could reduce the average amount students spend on textbooks per year 900 All three were less expensive than buying print textbooks but the savings are limited because the options do not appeal to all students Rentals are 61 less than new print textbooks on average and could reduce the average amount spent per year by 33 to 602 E textbooks are 52 less than new print books on average and could reduce the average amount spent per year by 8 to 830 E reader textbooks are 39 less than new print books on average and could reduce the average amount spent per year by 1 4 to 888 All three options combined could reduce the average amount spent per year by 34 to 598 3 Open textbooks can reduce costs for all students and have the potential for long term sustainability Open textbooks come in a range of affordable formats that accommodates all preferences and thereby extends the savings to all students Putting open textbooks to the same test as the traditional cost reducing options we found that the overall results would be dramatic Open textbooks could reduce the average amount spent per year by 80 to 184 Open textbooks a strong potential for savings but their success will depend on the development of sustainable publishing models Our study found that students are willing to purchase print copies and other optional items even though the full text of open textbooks is free online The sale of such products could serve as the foundation of innovative business models for publishers Recommendations This study demonstrates that the solution to textbook affordability must both reduce costs and address the diversity of student preferences The potential impact of rentals e textbooks and e readers is limited because they only match the preferences of a subset of students While such options can help reduce costs in the short term they cannot be a long term solution Open textbooks can reduce costs substantially and can accommodate the full spectrum of students Open textbooks are a comprehensive solution with a variety of affordable formats and purchasing options We therefore conclude that the next step toward textbook affordability is to promote the creation and adoption of open textbooks Now that the federal price disclosure law has made cost integral to the textbook marketing and

    Original URL path: http://inpirg.org/reports/cover-cover-solution (2016-04-29)
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  • Course Correction | INPIRG
    copy for future use Anything less than complete access would make digital books impractical for large numbers of students with limited access to computers and or the internet 45 of the students we surveyed said limited computer access would make it at least somewhat difficult to use a digital textbook 71 said they have kept at least one textbook for future reference 2 Digital textbooks done wrong e textbooks fail to meet the criteria The first type of digital text we reviewed was e textbooks the digital book format offered by the major publishers through CourseSmart We found that they fall short on each of the three criteria we found digital textbooks must meet E textbooks are too expensive The e textbooks we surveyed cost on average exactly the same as a new hard copy of the same title bought and sold back to the bookstore and 39 more on average than a used hard copy of the same title bought and sold back online Printing is costly and difficult Printing was limited to 10 pages per session for each of the e textbooks we surveyed Buying and printing half of an e textbook was three times the cost of buying a used hard copy and selling it back to the bookstore for the books we surveyed E textbooks are difficult to access Students have to choose between using the book online or using it offline they cannot do both Most 75 of the e textbooks we surveyed expired after 180 days so students do not have the option to access their books in the future 3 Digital textbooks done right open textbooks meet all of the criteria Open textbooks are textbooks distributed free digitally under an open license The key feature of an open license is that it permits users to make copies of the textbook and translate it into different formats So open textbooks start as digital textbooks but can be printed in a variety of formats We found that open textbooks accomplish what e textbooks do not low prices printing options and accessibility Open textbooks are affordable Open textbooks are free digitally and students can purchase other formats at a low cost Open textbooks are easy and inexpensive to print Students can print digital textbooks anytime anywhere and in a variety of formats They can print individual pages at home order a print on demand bound copy or anything in between Open textbooks are accessible Students can access open textbooks anytime from any computer without the book expiring Recommendations Digital textbooks are a promising solution to lower costs but they need to be done the right way This study finds that digital textbooks need meet three main criteria in order to maximize their potential they must be affordable printable and accessible The two major players in the digital textbook right now e textbooks and open textbooks are examples of digital textbooks done the wrong way and digital textbooks done the right way Right now publishers are on

    Original URL path: http://inpirg.org/reports/course-correction (2016-04-29)
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  • New Voters Project | 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

    Original URL path: http://inpirg.org/slideshows/in/new-voters-project (2016-04-29)
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  • Public Health | INPIRG
    Control and Prevention CDC Failures in the rules and processes that protect our food supply have led to numerous serious outbreaks over the past year that left many Americans sickened and at least 2 dead The economic cost of just the multistate outbreaks caused by food products recalled over the past 12 months comes to more than 22 million Read more about Food Safety Scares 2013 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 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

    Original URL path: http://inpirg.org/topics/public-health (2016-04-29)
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  • Stop Subsidizing Obesity | INPIRG
    But big agribusiness will fight to protect their billions in subsidies We know because in 2008 they spent 200 million lobbying and on campaign contributions No one in Congress wants to be seen standing up for taxpayer giveaways to junk food and with public concern about obesity and federal spending at all time highs your support can help us finally beat Big Ag and end subsidies for junk food Issue updates Blog Post Foods Agricultural Subsidies No Longer Necessary Federal subsidies to large agriculture businesses like Monsanto have been creating problems for our fast food nation for over a decade now These subsidies were initially meant to provide for the small family farms but somehow big businesses have taken the majority of funds while the family farms have meanwhile gone out of business Keep Reading Resource Foods Healthy Foods Project Packet Summary Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the health foods campaign on your campus Keep Reading Media Hit Foods Sustainability INPIRG to host first Renew Fest in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 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 Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Campaign Resources Healthy Foods Project Packet Hunger and Homelessness Project Packet Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Toolkit Hunger Clean up

    Original URL path: http://inpirg.org/campaigns/in/stop-subsidizing-obesity?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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  • Healthy Foods Project Packet | INPIRG
    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 National Hunger Cleanup Volunteers wear the textbook mascot costumes to educate students about affordable textbook alternatives Students posing with the textbook Rebellion books We Want Cheaper TEXTBOOKS Textbook Rebel and Mr 200 drew attention to outrageous textbook

    Original URL path: http://inpirg.org/resources/sp/healthy-foods-project-packet (2016-04-29)
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  • Sustainable U Project Packet | INPIRG
    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 National Hunger Cleanup Volunteers wear the textbook mascot costumes to educate students about affordable textbook alternatives Students posing with the textbook Rebellion books We Want Cheaper TEXTBOOKS Textbook Rebel and Mr 200 drew attention to outrageous textbook

    Original URL path: http://inpirg.org/resources/sp/sustainable-u-project-packet (2016-04-29)
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  • FAILbook | INPIRG
    now a constant stream of stories about identity theft And even when bad things like that don t happen it s just unnerving to know that you re not in control of your information It shouldn t be that way As more and more of our lives are lived online we think that A company should need your permission before collecting and using your information You should also be asked for permission in a way ordinary consumers would understand When you do give permission for your information to be collected or used it s the company s responsibility to make sure it stays secure In the cases where you have virtually no choice but to use a service like your internet provider you shouldn t be required to share your personal information You should have the same protections and choices when using the internet on a mobile device as a computer We re working to make sure that those principles become the standard practice online But in the meantime we want to make sure you have tools to stay in control of your information now What follows is our step by step guide for controlling your information on Facebook For other websites and social networking sites the Federal Trade Commission has put together a one stop shop of advice for protecting your information and computer You can visit it at http www onguardonline gov 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

    Original URL path: http://inpirg.org/resources/sp/failbook (2016-04-29)
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