Solution to textbook inflation: Just rent em – Business – School Inc. – msnbc.com.

Ask any college student and they’ll tell you: “Books cost too much.” The College Board says the average student at a four-year public college should expect to spend $1,137 this year on textbooks and other course materials.

“Books cost a ridiculous amount of money,” says April Wade, a student at the University of Rhode Island, who has paid as much as $160 for a single book.

Textbook costs are rising far faster than inflation. A new analysis by the Student Public Interest ResearchGroups (PIRGs) shows textbooks prices have increased 22 percent during the last four years.

Textbook prices have been cited as one of the reasons many students drop out of the California community college system.

“The entire cost of college, including textbooks, is going up so quickly that families cannot plan for the expenses,” says California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott.

Additional Reading

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    • Textbook rental is a success | University Letter – This semester the UND Bookstore introduced textbook rental to the campus, which helped save UND students over $200,000. Due to the success of textbook rental, we sold 3,000 more units than we sold in the fall of 2009. Choosing rentable titles for the upcoming semester is one way you can help save students money.

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