Rising text book costs have students finding new ways to get course materials
Posted at: 08/23/2013 9:10 AM
As book prices soar, college students are finding new ways to obtain course materials without having to take a chunk out of their pocketbooks. And professors are also looking for cheaper alternatives to decrease the burden on students.
According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, the cost of textbooks has jumped 82-percent over the past decade.
A survey by the book industry study group says 34-percent of students downloaded course materials from an unauthorized website. Also, 31-percent said they used other students' books to photocopy or scan chapters. Students can save as much as 40-percent on books if they purchase used or digital textbooks.
A law passed by congress in 2008 requires publishers to provide more information to faculty about costs.
It also requires colleges to disclose price information to students ahead of time, so they can budget accordingly.