Cutting Down Textbook Costs

Elizabeth Managan has an interesting column in the Cav Daily about the source of high textbook costs, and efforts at UVa to lower them. Often these textbooks are $80 – $120. Sometimes a textbook is nothing more than a photocopied 100 pages or so, which will set you back $50. It’s funny how often that these expensive textbooks are written by professors at the very college where they’re required. Worst of all is the system by which the school sells you a used textbook for $60, buys it back from you for $15, and turns around and sells it again for $60. Anybody have any textbook horror stories?

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