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Textbook Rental Programs

College textbooks have always made up a large chunk of the expenses students face every semester. Textbooks, which are already extremely expensive, seem to go up in price just about every day. To prove this point, the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index stated that Textbook prices are increasing at more than four times the inflation rate. Also, other research performed by different state PIRGs show that publishers are exploiting the system and continue publishing new editions of their expensive textbooks that are only marginally changed and edited in an effort to make the cheaper used books obsolete. This practice forces the student to go out and buy the more expensive new edition.Read more…


Publish date: September 28, 2008