Soaring textbook prices
Classes start next Thursday for me, which means I’ll soon be spending hundreds on textbooks. I recall one semester at UM when I spent nearly $900 on books for four classes and barely cracked three of them. In fact, if anyone is interested in a never-opened Paleoanthropology textbook, let me know.
Anyway, ordering on Amazon has definitely kept costs down. I just get angry with the new editions that come out every year with minimal changes — perhaps the colors of a graph have been modified or some useless CD-ROM has been added. Last spring, I purchased a textbook that had just come out. I hated paying so much but figured maybe the buyback would be decent (yeah, right) since the course was only a couple months long. Nope. When I tried to sell it back, the manager told me a new addition was about to come out in the fall, so really, my new textbook was old. Two new editions in one year?! What kind of racket is this?
I know it’s tough everywhere and schools like Oakland Community College are looking for solutions. The Board of Trustees has requested that the College Academic Senate create a task force to explore ways of bringing book costs down. It’s about time that schools take a serious look at this problem — it’s a shame that these ridiculous textbook costs are preventing student enrollment.
Depending on my textbook costs, I may be selling one gently used kidney. I’ll let you know.