On 01 October 2005, the "East Valley" section of the Arizona Republic had a story about textbook costs.
AzCentral.com:: Students protest high cost of texts, materials at ASU
The Republic's article started as follows."Arizona State University students are sick of paying high prices for textbooks, so they're joining a national campaign to fight the rising cost of education." "The 'Make Textbooks Affordable' campaign is a joint effort of student organizations across the state to protest the high cost of textbooks. The organizations say unnecessary new editions make used books moot and require students to buy their books new."
The price of books are inflated because they come with multi-media content (e.g. cd-roms). In most cases, unless required by the instructor, students don't use these extra materials. The Republic's article quotes one student saying, "I put iced drinks on them to protect the table."
On 01 September 2005, the State Press at ASU had a story about the ASU undergraduate student government taking action against high book costs.
StatePress.com:: ASU Web Devil - USG campaigns against book prices
Bottom-line: With never ending tuition rate increases, rising text book costs can "price" many students out of an education.
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 05 October 2005