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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | WISPIRG Students
    through researchand the media We re also calling on publishers colleges and foundations to support the creation of more open source textbooks that could save students millions each year Sign the Textbook Rebellion Petition Issue updates Media Hit Higher Ed Student Debt Textbooks How students are engaging textbook companies in a duel against high prices and winning Before entering the classroom of an intro level economics course students get a real life experience with the subject the required textbook costs 290 on Amazon Keep Reading Report U S PIRG Education Fund and the Student PIRGs Higher Ed Textbooks Fixing the Broken Textbook Market This study demonstrates that despite recent steps forward 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 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 Resource Textbooks Federal Textbook Price Disclosure Law Summary The HEOA short for the Higher Education Opportunity Act is a higher education reform bill passed by Congress in 2008 Among the many provisions in HEOA was a set of important regulations to help make textbooks affordable which went into effect July 1 2010

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | WISPIRG Students
    educating students faculty and bookstores and raising awareness through researchand the media We re also calling on publishers colleges and foundations to support the creation of more open source textbooks that could save students millions each year Sign the Textbook Rebellion Petition Issue updates Resource Textbooks Make Textbooks Affordable Recommendations to Faculty Summary Faculty are in charge of selecting textbooks which puts them in a key position to help students save money Follow these guidelines to help minimize costs Keep Reading Resource Textbooks 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 Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Energy Service Corps Foods Health Care Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Other Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Water Spring Kickoff this Wednesday Matt Kozlowski WISPIRG Kickoff Meeting Wednesday February 15th 7pm 180 Science Hall RSVP Our Kickoff Meeting is Wednesday night Come find out more about us share your ideas and meet some great people Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Foods Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste We couldn t have done it without you Matt Kozlowski Hi Thanks for being part of WISPIRG and helping make 2011 such a success Check out some of our highlights from the year Keep Reading Add new comment Pages first previous 1 2 3 4

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | WISPIRG Students
    creation of more open source textbooks that could save students millions each year Sign the Textbook Rebellion Petition Issue updates Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Foods Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Tuesday Kickoff Meeting Meghan Ford Hi WISPIRG Kickoff Meeting Tuesday September 27 7pm 103 Psychology RSVP Our Kickoff Meeting is Tuesday night I hope you can come hear what we have planned and get involved in our fall campaigns Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Foods Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Kickoff Meeting Jessie Mauser Hi WISPIRG Kickoff Meeting Thursday September 22nd 6 00 CPS Building Room 229 RSVP on Facebook Our Kickoff Meeting is tomorrow night I hope you can come hear what we have planned and get involved in our fall campaigns This fall we ll be volunteering in local soup kitchens cutting wasteful spending on unhealthy foods protecting Wisconsin s lakes and more We d love your help Keep Reading Add new comment Media Hit Consumer Protection Higher Ed Textbooks Textbook Rebellion WISPIRG at UW Madison hosted a stop of the Textbook Rebellion a national tour to promote open source textbooks Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Higher Ed Textbooks Textbook Rebellion hits Madison Matt Kozlowski Hi Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Foods Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Internships Available Jessie Mauser Hi During tough budget negotiations this spring and summer we protected student aid for nearly 10 million students by stopping aggressive cuts to Pell grants Together we saved student aid Now we re working to cut the billions in wasteful government subsidies that make junk food cheaper than healthy food As a WISPIRG intern you can help

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | WISPIRG Students
    on our fall campaigns and it s a great time for you to get involved as an intern or volunteer Stop by Tuesday to hear what we have planned and how you can help WISPIRG Info Session 12pm 3pm 6pm Student Activities Center suite 4430 RSVP Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Foods Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Come to an Info Session Jessie Mauser Hi I m eager to get to work on our fall campaigns and it s a great time for you to get involved as an Intern or volunteer Stop by Thursday to hear what we have planned and how you can help WISPIRG Info Sessions 11 30 3 00 and 5 00 Brewhaus Workshop in the DUC RSVP Keep Reading Add new comment 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 Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Foods Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Internships Meghan Ford Hi During tough

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | WISPIRG Students
    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 Media Hit Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Energy Service Corps Foods Health Care Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Other Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Water WISPIRG starts off its yearly campaigning WISPIRG kicks off the fall 2010 semester 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 WISPIRG Students 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 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

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | WISPIRG Students
    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 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

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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | WISPIRG Students
    even if the price is outrageous The good news is that we have all of the technology we need to make textbooks affordable Already there are rental programs at more than 1 500 colleges hundreds of sites selling used books and more ways to save than ever before There s also new solutions like open source textbooks which could literally revolutionize how much students pay for their books We re fighting to rein in costs by promoting cost saving solutions on campus while also tackling publishers stranglehold on the market to change prices for good We re educating students faculty and bookstores and raising awareness through researchand the media We re also calling on publishers colleges and foundations to support the creation of more open source textbooks that could save students millions each year Sign the Textbook Rebellion Petition Issue updates 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 8 9 View All RSS Feed About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point 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 Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Energy Service Corps Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Multimedia Reports Internships Work on important issues

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  • A Cover to Cover Solution | WISPIRG Students
    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 and can accommodate the

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