College Textbooks Are So Expensive!

20 Oct

Always we have to buy textbooks for classes and sometimes we don’t even use them. Depending on what class your taking, the price can be really high because they’re in a bundle and you might not even need some of the books in a bundle!

“Every year there seems to be a bit of news buzz in the first weeks of August about how expensive college textbooks have become. To help ease the burden, Congress has enacted new legislation mandating that institutions of higher learning be more transparent about college costs.


One of the reasons behind the higher costs of textbooks is something called “bundling.” Publishers often package textbooks with additional supplements, such as CD study guides – useful, but not always necessary. The new Higher Education Act is asking publishers to provide clearer pricing information to bookstore buyers and educators, in addition to offering unbundled textbooks.

College textbooks are big business, even though publishers insist that profit margins are small. The University of Arkansas is predicting that its students will collectively spend more than $2.5 million this month alone on textbooks.

Robert Ronstadt, a former vice-president at Boston University, has self-published a book and maintains a website on how to help keep college costs down. (It’s hard not to point out the irony of buying Ronstadt’s book for ideas on saving money, but his motives are obviously for the greater good.)

The California state auditor has also released a 102-page report suggesting ways educators can help minimize costs for students. You can read the full report here. features a good tip list for student textbook shoppers: Compare prices, rent or share books instead, and get to know online resources like Amazon’s Kindle. Then there’s that interesting place called the library, where you can borrow books – free.

When I was in college we didn’t have to worry about bells and whistles with our textbooks. Few students even had their own computers (this is not as long ago as that sounds, I promise). I still have a number of my college books, complete with earnest notes in the margins. Occasionally I dust off one of these books and give it a good thumb-through. I’m always surprised at how quickly the ideas absorbed in that college classroom come flooding back. I’d be disappointed if our current generation of college students missed out on being able to shelve memories of their own.”

The point is we are spending to much on COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS, they should be less I mean they are for our education.


Nordin, Kendra. “Expensive College Textbooks –” The Christian Science Monitor – 18 Aug. 2008. Web. 20 Oct. 2011. <;.


7 Responses to “College Textbooks Are So Expensive!”

  1. changemakermvu October 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    They give us the text books that we do need for our classes instead of these extra text books that we are not even gonna use in class. It’s a big waste if you ask me. ~ Maurice King

  2. changemakermvu October 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    So … what can you do about it?

  3. iliana October 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Text books are expensive…. and when i sell them back to the book store i dont even get half of what they where worth even if they are new and in perfect condition! i need to learn how to sell them online so i can at least get half of my money back. And wuts up with these teachers who claim they will use the text books and we end up looking at slides and never use the book 😦


  4. changemakermvu October 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    textbooks really are expensive and you can’t really trust online textbook sellers. I ordered my textbook a couple of weeks ago but they took way too long to send it so i just cancelled my order and got my money back.

    -Francisco Gonzalez

  5. changemakermvu October 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    i also think that they should stop letting us waste our money on textbooks that we don’t need so we can be able to save more money.

    Patrick Uchebo

  6. iliana October 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm #



  7. changemakermvu October 26, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    I’ve always wondered why college textbooks are so expensive. Some people claim its the high level of its contents (bright colors) which affects the cost of printing. So why don’t they reduce production costs by using recycled papers in printing them.
    – Millicent Afeame.

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