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Students Should Demand Their Colleges Produce Free Open Textbooks to End the Textbook Racket

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.11.2017 | Education
Bernard Starr

How do students cope with this financial burden? Some share textbooks with fellow students, who also can't afford them. Others borrow texts at odd times when their owners are not using them. But increasingly, students are forgoing textbooks and are relying on class notes and information they pick up from secondary sources on the internet.

eTextbooks vs Open Textbooks: The Student Lens

Ethan Senack | Posted 11.12.2016 | Education
Ethan Senack

At the end of the day, don't buy the hype. Traditionally published eTextbooks often aren't all they're cracked up to be. If we want a world where learning materials are actually effective, ac-cessible, and affordable, we need to invest in open textbooks.

College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

Nicole Allen | Posted 10.07.2016 | College
Nicole Allen

students assigned free, open textbooks do as well or better than their peers in terms of grades, course completion, and other measures of academic success. If traditional textbooks are not producing better outcomes, then what exactly are students paying for?

Textbooks Cost a Lot. Here's Why.

Ethan Senack | Posted 08.31.2016 | College
Ethan Senack

It's a pretty common thread that textbook prices are too high. At a time when student debt is higher than ever, it's crazy that we're charging students so much for textbooks.

We Could Save Students a Billion Dollars on Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 05.02.2015 | College
Ethan Senack

We need faculty to make the switch and drop their traditional textbook for an open textbook. It's not hard, but it's not easy, and institutions can make a huge impact by providing training and resources for interested faculty to make the switch.

A Majority Of Students Say The Textbooks Are Too Damn Expensive

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.27.2014 | College

The cost of college textbooks extends far beyond the bookstore, with students factoring in textbook expenses when they decide about everything from cl...

Back to School, Back to Sky-High Textbook Prices

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Ethan Senack

It's that time of year again. Students and families are packing up their cars and heading off in pursuit of higher education. Here's some advice from a former college student: Visit the college bookstore before your parents leave.

The Cost vs. Quality Conundrum: Top Higher Ed Tech Trends for 2013

Sean Devine | Posted 02.20.2013 | Education
Sean Devine

Technology has transformed a variety of industries over the past decade, from ecommerce to entertainment. One could argue that 2012 was the year that technology accelerated its march to transforming education as well.

In The Public Interest: Recap of the National 'Rebellion' Against High Textbook Prices

Nicole Allen | Posted 12.19.2011 | College
Nicole Allen

Here is what the Textbook Rebelltion is about: Outrageous $200 price tags, incessant new editions, unwanted supplements, and an industry dominated by a handful of publishers intent on gouging students.

In The Public Interest: The $2 Billion Opportunity for Affordable Textbooks and How Colleges Can Make the Most of It

Nicole Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Nicole Allen

On behalf of students across the country, we call on colleges to use a new Department of Labor and Education grant program to make textbooks affordable in the process of improving workforce training.

In The Public Interest : Open Textbooks and the Tech-Friendly Generation

Sarah Sather | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Sather

This September I entered my first year at the University of Montana, Missoula. Along with all the typical freshman year excitement of orientation and ...