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Jake Stern Inquiry 3 English 111 Textbooks Enter Cyberspace According to the United States government, in the last two decades, “college textbook prices have increased at twice the rate of inflation but have followed close behind tuition increases. Increasing at an average of 6 percent per year” (U.S. Government Accountability Office, 1). Can students receive a quality education without textbooks? Resulting from the rise of textbook prices, students are starting to get their books for free online, which raises the question, why do schools continue to raise the price of their textbooks when it’s leading to the extinction of textbooks in classrooms? My argument is due to increasing textbook prices, universities should provide their students with free online textbooks in order to make higher education more accessible to Americans. Sooner or later schools will lose all of their book sales to free textbooks offered online. As the prices of textbooks continue to skyrocket, students around the country are beginning to find alternative ways to keep their expenses down. These alternatives include sharing with friends, skipping assigned readings, and using free online textbooks. Free online textbooks have their pros and cons, but the main reason for this online phenomenon is saving money. Students have been continuously ripped off by the extremely high price of books for quite a while now, but why? According to the Student Public Interest Research Groups, the average student spends over a thousand dollars a year on textbooks (qtd. in Rampell, 1).    That is a staggering statistic that needs to be resolved. Not many students have over a thousand dollars to put aside for textbooks. Kingsbury and Galloway state, 1
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“A 2006 report by the NACS found that 23 percent of students buy their books online and of those online sales, a third are from the websites of existing campus bookstores” (“Textbooks Enter the Digital Era”). This explains how schools are able to charge so much for their textbooks. These schools have no reason to lower the prices because either way they sell books, it’s just a matter of selling them to an online website or a student. Kingsbury and Galloway also emphasize that seventeen states have recently proposed legislation in an attempt to lower the costs of textbooks for students. This included the requirement that each school provide their students with the international barcode number of each of the required books so students can compare prices. A new Connecticut law also requires publishers to tell professors what the books cost before the professors assign their students to buy them (“Textbooks Enter the Digital Era”). Attempts at lowering the cost of textbooks are in affect, the main cure being online bookstores. Online textbooks are increasing in popularity throughout the country because of
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course ENG 112 taught by Professor Savoie during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.

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