Paying for College

The College Textbook Issue

There seems to be a lot of angst among college students and parents (most of whom have to pay for all things college) about the issue of college textbooks. Two main issues dominate. First, many professors do not list which books students will need for their courses far enough in advance for the students to explore the most cost-effective means of acquiring those texts, be it online discounts, book rental, buying used, or otherwise.

Second, and probably most importantly, is cost. Some larger-format books retail for hundreds of dollars. Over the years, there have been protests accusing publishers and bookstores of excessive pricing. It hasn't been a pretty scenario. Well, for all you battle-weary students and parents, there is some relief on the horizon (hopefully).

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