College Textbooks: A Case Study

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The utmost stressful part of attending college is figuring out how to pay for it. The cost of tuition puts countless numbers of individuals into debt. Not to mention, many students also need to pay for ordinary life costs, such as gas, rent, food, utilities, and other miscellaneous expenses, on top of their college expenses. Then, after being accepted into the college, paying for a parking spot, and paying for a seat in a number of classrooms, textbooks still need to be purchased for those classes separately. The cost of college textbooks is approximately $1,000 annually, according to a report prepared by Natsuko Hayashi Nicholls at the University of Michigan. There is enough stress in the lives of college students. The majority of students …show more content…
Books would then be ordered in large quantities of either tangible texts or online e-books. Online texts would have access codes which could simply be emailed to the correct students who have registered for those particular classes. In contrast, the concrete textbooks would either be congregated in a central location for students to collect in the days leading to the new semester, or be distributed to the corresponding classrooms and handed out on the first day of class by the students’ instructors. Spare texts would be kept in a room or building on or off campus depending on the amount of leftovers and the particular semester. For instance, there would likely be a greater amount of leftover books during the summer than there would be in the …show more content…
Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of adults report feeling stressed about money” (p. 6). Remember, according to a University of Michigan study, college textbooks put a student back around $1,000 each year. Thus, by eliminating the indirect cost of purchasing textbooks separate from tuition, students would be able to see the absolute final amount they owe when they register for classes. Also, with the college making an income off of renting a multitude of textbooks every semester for several years it would be probable textbook prices would decrease. In turn, this would save students money on their textbook fees within their tuition, and correspondingly it would save them the stress of worrying about that particular

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