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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    adopt open source textbooks like other big ten schools have see our report here We ve seen success here before we helped to create the textbook rentals system at Rutgers Now we re working directly with the university senate and the library to create a pilot open source textbook program We ve done the math and if just five professors switch students could save over 50 000 in just one semester Now imagine if we could implement that university wide Help us lower the price of textbooks by interning with us QUESTIONS Contact Our National Campaign Staff here E mail us to get involved Issue updates Media Hit Textbooks NJPIRG tour raises awareness on cheaper textbook options Keep Reading News Release Textbooks Textbook Rebellion Launches Cross Country Tour The Textbook Rebellion kicked off a six week cross country tour with events planned for 40 campuses nationwide At the tour stop the University of Maryland coalition members students faculty and a representative from the U S Department of Education were joined by the tour mascots Mr 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

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    give faculty the training and resources they need to adopt open source textbooks and save students millions each year Last semester we were part of a national twitter riot which generated hundreds of tweets nationwide and as a result we got five co sponsors on the first national bill to curb the price of textbooks You can join the outcry by using textbookbroke At Rutgers Here at Rutgers we re working to get our school to adopt open source textbooks like other big ten schools have see our report here We ve seen success here before we helped to create the textbook rentals system at Rutgers Now we re working directly with the university senate and the library to create a pilot open source textbook program We ve done the math and if just five professors switch students could save over 50 000 in just one semester Now imagine if we could implement that university wide Help us lower the price of textbooks by interning with us QUESTIONS Contact Our National Campaign Staff here E mail us to get involved Issue updates News Release Textbooks New Federal Law Will Curb Skyrocketing Textbook Costs A groundbreaking federal law designed to tackle the rapidly rising cost of textbooks has kicked in just in time to impact college students this fall The law which was part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act HEOA passed by Congress in 2008 is considered the first major federal action on this issue Keep Reading Report Higher Ed Textbooks Course Correction The Student PIRGs conducted this study to determine how digital textbooks can live up to their potential as a solution Through a survey of 504 students from Oregon and Illinois and 50 commonly assigned textbook titles we confirm three fundamental criteria affordability printing options and accessibility We found that publishers digital e textbooks fail to meet these 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

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    open source textbooks and save students millions each year Last semester we were part of a national twitter riot which generated hundreds of tweets nationwide and as a result we got five co sponsors on the first national bill to curb the price of textbooks You can join the outcry by using textbookbroke At Rutgers Here at Rutgers we re working to get our school to adopt open source textbooks like other big ten schools have see our report here We ve seen success here before we helped to create the textbook rentals system at Rutgers Now we re working directly with the university senate and the library to create a pilot open source textbook program We ve done the math and if just five professors switch students could save over 50 000 in just one semester Now imagine if we could implement that university wide Help us lower the price of textbooks by interning with us QUESTIONS Contact Our National Campaign Staff here E mail us to get involved Issue updates Report Textbooks Limited Knowledge The future of academic research is in peril University budgets are decreasing while the cost of academic journals is skyrocketing As a result universities are unable to purchase vital journal subscriptions that help boost the quality and success of new academic research Fortunately new and innovative solutions are growing in popularity and have the potential to change the future of academic communication September 2005 Keep Reading Report Textbooks A Guide to Establishing Textbook Rental Services One innovative way to lower textbook costs is allowing 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

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable Updates | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food Save ABX 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

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  • Tips to Save on Textbooks | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    send it back and if you re taking a multi semester course you re probably better off buying Textbook rental sites Chegg com BookRenter com or CampusBookRentals com 4 Swap books with other students Save money by cutting out the middle man find other students who have your book With 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

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable: Recommendations to Faculty | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    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

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  • Federal Textbook Price Disclosure Law | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    is difficult to find 77 said that publishers rarely or never report the price of a book during sales interactions Only 23 rated publisher websites as informative and easy to use How it lowers costs Since the problem is that cost is not naturally a part of textbook sales the 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

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  • A Cover to Cover Solution | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    follows 1 Textbook affordability solutions must satisfy a wide range of student preferences The survey results show that student preferences vary widely Therefore the solution must offer a multitude of affordable options to extend savings to all students Students are split between print and digital 75 of the students surveyed said print was their preferred format 25 chose digital 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

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