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  • Exposing the Textbook Industry | MASSPIRG Students
    book Professors who primarily use non publisher websites such as Amazon com report higher satisfaction 61 rated the site they use as informative and easy to use 77 told us that the site usually lists the price of the book For professors who meet with sales representatives to research textbooks 77 told us that sales representatives rarely or never volunteer the price And even when professors directly asked for the price during a sales 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 differences from previous editions Faculty want and have the right to know how their textbooks choices will affect their students They should have easy access to information about all of the publisher s products low cost formats options for bundling and corresponding price information voluntarily provided at the start of any sales transaction and on desk copies provided by the publisher All textbooks should be available in a genuine low cost edition that contains comparable content in a low cost format Information about these options should be easily available Faculty should give preference to least cost options when choosing their books There should be many avenues for students to access used books including rental programs online bookswaps and bookstore buy back Released Feburary 2007 Related issues

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  • Limited Knowledge | MASSPIRG Students
    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 and 250 databases in the system wide digital collection they would have to spend an additional 34 million per year 7 Publicly Funded Research Available To

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/reports/limited-knowledge (2016-04-29)
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  • North Shore CC Fall 2011 Accomplishments | MASSPIRG Students
    senior citizens students administrators and representatives from the MBTA to call for more and better public transportation in the North Shore area Supporting Massachusetts recycling by collecting 10 000 signatures 200 from here on campus asking the state legislature to update the Bottle Bill Joining the Textbook Rebellion a national tour to raise awareness about the high cost of textbooks and affordable solutions The tour collected 10 000 petition signatures and was featured in 100 news stories By joining together and funding MASSPIRG here at North Shore Community College we ve been able to bring about some great results Thanks for your support Of course there s still a lot to be done on all of our campaigns I m excited for next semester Thanks Sean McGrath North Shore Community College Add new comment About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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 Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press

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  • Worcester State Fall 2011 Accomplishments | MASSPIRG Students
    in 100 news stories Supporting Massachusetts recycling by collecting 10 000 signatures over 500 from here on campus asking the state legislature to update the Bottle Bill By joining together and funding MASSPIRG here at Worcester State we ve been able to bring about some great results Thanks for your support Of course there s still a lot to be done on all of our campaigns We re excited for next semester Add new comment About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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

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  • UMASS Lowell Fall 2011 Accomplishments | MASSPIRG Students
    featured in 100 news stories Supporting Massachusetts recycling by collecting 10 000 signatures 600 from here on campus asking the state legislature to update the Bottle Bill By joining together and funding MASSPIRG here at UMASS Lowell we ve been able to bring about some great results Thanks for your support Of course there s still a lot to be done on all of our campaigns I m excited for next semester Thanks Bianca DiPersio UMass Lowell Add new comment About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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

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  • Fitchburg State Fall 2011 Accomplishments | MASSPIRG Students
    news stories Supporting Massachusetts recycling by collecting 10 000 signatures over 700 from here on campus asking the state legislature to update the Bottle Bill By joining together and funding MASSPIRG here at Fitchburg State we ve been able to bring about some great results Thanks for your support Of course there s still a lot to be done on all of our campaigns I m excited for next semester Thanks Samantha Demanbey Fitchburg State University Add new comment About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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

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  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 next last Visit Our Blog MASSPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor Motley Students at UMASS Lowell and Dean of Students Larry Siegel support ending agricultural subsidies for unhealthy fiood Tell Your Elected Leaders Support 100 Clean Energy Take Action We can build support for a future powered by 100 clean and renewable energy Jobs for Graduating Seniors Learn more and apply If you are ready to dig in and start solving the problems that confront our country consider a job with U S PIRG Intern with MASSPIRG Apply Online As a MASSPIRG intern you ll learn skills and get valuable experience working on a campaign You ll learn how to build teams of volunteers organize events on campus and work with the media A crash course in effective

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  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    private student loans as well as credit cards and debit cards issued on campus More 12 31 2011 Blog Post Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week a Huge Success In these tough economic times more than one in ten people in the Commonwealth is living in poverty So this year MASSPIRG students redoubled their efforts to educate and serve the communities where they live learn and work More Pages first previous 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 next last Visit Our Blog MASSPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor Motley Students at UMASS Lowell and Dean of Students Larry Siegel support ending agricultural subsidies for unhealthy fiood Tell Your Elected Leaders Support 100 Clean Energy Take Action We can build support for a future powered by 100 clean and renewable energy Jobs for Graduating Seniors Learn

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