Why do we still have textbooks?
Recently, US-based edtech company Cengage announced a new subscription service for college students to access more than 20,000 digital course materials.
This includes eBooks, online homework and study guides, at just US$119.99 a semester or US$179.99 a year.
Do colleges still use textbooks?
Why Students Are Still Spending So Much for College Textbooks. New technologies are revolutionizing education—but they’re also keeping prices high. Homework and quizzes are hidden on the platforms behind paywalls that expire after the semester, meaning students can’t resell them once they’re done with the course.
How much do students spend on textbooks?
The College Board reports that between course materials and textbooks, students can expect to spend at least $1,200 in 2017-2018 and between $1,240-$1,440 for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Why college textbooks are so expensive?
Textbooks are costly because publishers release expensive new editions each year, undermining the used-book market, says Alex Neal, CEO of Campusbooks.com. “Since the publishers don’t make any money off used-book sales, their business model is to make the old editions obsolete and force you to buy a new book,” he says.
What do you do with old college textbooks?
10 Ways to Recycle Your Old Books
- Donate to your local library. Bring your gently used books to your local library.
- Donate to a local charity. Bring your boxes of used books to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or other local charity.
- Make some gift tags.
- Recycle your unusable books.
- Sell them or give them away online.
- Make a “Free Books” box.