Many colleges and universities are beginning to look at the merits of switching their students over to digital textbooks. After a recent statement by education officials urging higher learning institutions to consider digital textbooks as a wave of the future, school officials are beginning to look into to technology that would allow students to access the materials they need online or through an e-reader, such as a Kindle or Nook. At first, the thought of a digital textbook might seem a bit strange or complicated, but after looking at all the benefits of the digitally printed word, it is easy to see why making the switch could be such a smart move for colleges everywhere. The following are some of the top reasons that digital textbooks will soon be making their debut at a campus near you. [Read more...]
Textbooks are some of the highest cost items for schools in every grade level, from K-12 to university. The burden can often lay with the school itself for the lower grades, and updated materials are far and few between. Then when college comes around, students often struggle to pay the often outrageous prices for the necessary materials. Some professors even write their curriculum around textbooks that their students are more likely to be able to afford. It is a sad state of affairs, indeed. [Read more...]
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.