The Wall Street Journal recently published a story about saving on college textbooks that should be required reading for -
You: Pun intended?
Got me, but if you or someone you know are heading back to school this fall and are sick of paying a ton of money for often boring, yet required, reading be sure take a look at the story. Highlighted strategies include:
- Electronic textbooks
- Price comparison sites
- Textbook rentals (who would have thought?)
- Open source textbooks (can’t wait until these becomes the standard!)
When I was in college, textbooks were really expensive. Seems to me the Internet should have evened the playing field somewhat, giving new life to used and reusable books. Yet, many professors (who write these books) and their publishers have bundled software or notes packages. In fact, the premise of the WSJ article discussed a bill that all but (finally!) prohibits the behavior. So there is hope for the little folks!
What strategies have you used or seen used to cut down on the expense of required reading?