High Cost of College Textbooks Essay

943 Words Nov 1st, 2010 4 Pages
The High Cost of College Textbooks
Thomas Jefferson said that “ Books Constitute Capital !”, and by that saying from over one hundred years ago it still stands today. The high cost of college textbooks is not only an issue here at Delgado Community College, but with almost every college student across the nation. Rather new or used textbooks are overpriced, but students can save money by buying digital textbooks.
One of the main reasons why college textbooks are so expensive is because they are overpriced. The publishers set the prices. The bookstore has no control. The publishers of the textbooks are in the habit of bringing new editions quite frequently. Most students hesitate to buy old editions fearing that they will miss out on
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There are already digital textbooks available, and their numbers are growing at a rapid rate: according to Simba Information, which provides data and research on the media industry. Course Smart, a San Mateo, Calif., company collectively owned by five of the biggest textbook publishers, has 6,000 educational titles for sale in digital format. A Course Smart e-book includes some neat functions like search capability and digital note-taking. The future is here, and the law must change in order to harness all the advantages of a multi-touch, Web-enabled slate to reduce the high cost of college textbooks. That means that chemistry students won’t just see an illustration of a benzene molecule; they’ll be able to spin and rotate a three –dimensional model of one. Biology students ( in which Delgado has a lot of ) won’t just read about the cardiovascular system; they’ll be able to see video of a beating heart, narrated by a world-class heart surgeon right before their very eyes in the palm of their hand using digital textbooks.
The high cost of college textbooks is an issue with colleges across the nation, but the solution to our problem is not buying on-line, buying from friends, or by walking through the halls of Delgado Community College hoping to find a piece of paper posted on one of the walls of

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