Annual student spending on course materials has decreased by almost $100 since 2007-08, reports Student Watch.
“Students have more options than in the past,” said Elizabeth Riddle, of the National Association of College Stores (NACS). “Stores offer lower-cost rentals, e-books, custom course packs and print-on-demand open educational resources (OER) as well as price comparison tools.”
My husband, the author of a computer engineering textbook, thinks publishers have overpriced textbooks beyond what the market will bear. Students are buying pirated copies online, making do with an obsolete edition, sharing with classmates, using the library, etc. I see a new hardcover edition costs $230, but it’s available for $10.25 on Kindle. The $17 paperback edition is published in India and isn’t supposed to be sold in the U.S., but is.