Students at Delta are being robbed.
Not because the campus isn’t safe, but because of absolutely ridiculous book prices.
Students have began to find a way out of this situation. This wonderful textbook resource is called Amazon.
Books are half, and sometimes a fourth of the price on Amazon as they are in the bookstore.
More and more students are taking advantage of this resource and saving hundreds of dollars on their textbooks (that sometimes teachers don’t even use-even though they are “required).
Unfortunately, this life-saving resource is slowly being taken away from students.
Teachers are beginning to use “textbook bundle” packages.
The student is required to buy the book brand-new from the bookstore, and it comes with an online access code, that is only good once and for that semester.
Also, these books are usually “loose-leaf,” meaning not bound, so they cannot even be sold back to the bookstore.
These book packages run for $100-$150.
The teacher is the one who chooses the book for his or her class, and there is no reason to be choosing these types of books and then claim that the school “made a deal with the publisher and this is the cheapest way.”
Yes, I have actually had a teacher say that to me after I purchased a $150 book.
Simply “because they have the latest, updated information on the subject,” isn’t a good enough reason to justify forcing the students to buy these ridiculously priced books that aren’t even bound.
There are many options of books for teachers to choose from, and having year-or-two old textbooks is typically not a problem in most subjects.
Allowing students to buy used books is good for the student body, just maybe not for the publishers.
But that’s the ticket.
Teachers should be out for their students, NOT for the publishers of outrageously priced textbooks.
After all, it’s not the publishers paying their salaries, its the students’ tax dollars.