If you haven’t noticed already, textbooks are a money making scheme. In fact, thanks to the myriad textbooks published every year and the lack of regulation by institutions as to when and why a textbook will be upgraded to a new edition, students pay millions in extra just because two words were changed in the new edition and maybe one or two new visual diagrams were added.
The reason behind this is simple; a professor will write or collaborate with a few fellow professors and put together a textbook which in turn he pitches to his colleagues and other educational institutions for them to use it in their curriculum. If the textbook is accepted, students are now required to purchase the new edition and the campus bookstores will refuse to buy back old textbooks.
It might not seem like such a bad idea depending on the major you are in, but pre-medical and nursing students can testify to the fact that an average textbook for any of their core classes can cost between $300-$1,000.That figures is per semester and not the entire school year.
So if you’re looking on ways to cut down your educational bill, here are some tips that you can use to help you save hundreds, if not thousands on textbooks.