Students hit hard by textbook costs

While community colleges have kept tuition under control, students have been hit hard by rising textbook costs. Increasingly, students say they’re trying to get by without buying all the assigned books.

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  1. I remember getting by with just checking the textbooks out of the library and renewing them throughout the semester. Even when professors insisted on students buying the newest editions (especially when the profs were authors of said books). The only “keepers” that I bought and held on to were for my major.
    Is it that tougher nowadays?

  2. Walter E Wallis says:

    My ebook reader cum tablet cost $99.99, and books cost 3 to 20 dollars with a lot of them free. Printed books are so 20th century.

    • Genevieve says:

      I looked into online editions of some of my textbooks. For textbooks the savings is minimal. My anatomy and physiology paper copy book does included an online version, complementary. I find this format doesn’t work as well with the subject.

  3. Deirdre Mundy says:

    My school had all the books on reserve–so if it was something you only read a few chapters out of, you could borrow and copy it, and if it was something you were going to use all the way through (or a book you really wanted) you could buy it.

    Maybe CC students aren’t as well informed about how to navigate courses and textbooks because they’re often the first in their family to attend college. Maybe as part of the orientation events, CCs should include a “thrifty student’s guide to books” or something.

    • Genevieve says:

      It seems as though community colleges don’t have as convenient library’s as 4 year institutions. The hours of the local community college are shorter that the state university. It is much smaller, doesn’t have as nice a website, and I don’t think they have a copy of all of the text books. At least not at my local campus.
      The other thing about community college students, is they often work and have families.
      I recently went back to school and I do my studying while my daughter takes her nap and after children are in bed for the night. I can’t really do reading on campus during these times.

  4. Yea… there are definitely alternatives to buying one’s school textbooks directly from the school bookstore. I used to purchase my books super cheap on Amazon. After the semester was over, I would sell the books back online. I assumed that was a common practice. However, as I think about it again, I’m not sure that that’s the case.

    I remember some students who would go even further. They would check the book out of a library and photocopy the entire textbook. So, instead of paying 80 plus bucks, they ended up paying between 20 to 30 or possibly even less than 20.

    It’s especially annoying when a college/university professors assigns a particular text to be purchased and only certain sections of that book are assigned to be read. It’s a waste.

  5. I was a nursing major years ago, and what frustrated me is that we would have to buy all sorts of supplemental reference books…some useful, others not so useful.

    I looked up some of the traditionally used nursing books…some have ebook editions available, some do not. One popular reference book has a digitial edition available..but only if you actually buy the book.

    I think what frustrated me is that there was a lack of thoughtfulness with some of the book recommendations…seems so wasteful to require one to buy a book just to just utilize a few pages of it.