Our goal is to provide quality educational materials at reasonable prices.
With the ever increasing cost of education in this country, we decided to help students by providing low cost quality educational materials. We accomplish this through the production of custom and targeted materials. By doing this students only pay for what is actually needed and used in the class. We also avoid the extensive marketing costs traditionally associated with textbooks.
Cost of college textbooks out of control, group says
College textbooks cost too much — and something needs to be done about it, according to a report from the advocacy group U.S. PIRG.
The College Board estimates that the average student in this country spends around $1,200 a year on books and supplies. A single book can cost as much as $200.
Between 2002 and 2013, the price of college textbooks rose 82% — nearly three times the rate of inflation, according to a recent study by the Government Accountability Office.
The PIRG report, "Fixing the Broken Textbook Market," suggests that students who are already struggling to afford college may do things that undermine their education to deal with the rising costs of their books.
College Textbook Prices Increasing Faster Than Tuition And Inflation
College textbook prices have increased faster than tuition, health care costs and housing prices, all of which have risen faster than inflation. College textbook prices are 812 percent higher than they were a little more than three decades ago, the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank, reports. Textbook costs have well outpaced the 559 percent increase in tuition and fees over roughly the same period. "The 812 percent increase in the price of college textbooks since 1978 makes the run-up in house prices and housing bubble (and subsequent crash) in the 2000s seem rather inconsequential," writes University of Michigan economics professor Mark J. Perry at the AEIdeas blog, "and the nine-fold increase in textbook prices also dwarfs the increase in the cost of medical services over the last three decades."
Options Don't Stem Textbook Woes
Despite some recent improvement in textbook market options and transparency, rising prices continue to hinder students who, in the worst scenarios, are turning down classes because the materials are too expensive. “The problem is as dire as ever,” Ethan Senack, a higher education associate at the United States Public Interest Research Group, said in a conference call announcing the findings of the Student PIRGs’ latest report on textbook costs and how students are responding. “The federal government, states and most important, individual campuses, need to support and invest in alternatives outside of the traditional textbook market.”