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Students Get Angry About Textbook Prices, Lawmakers Vote to Lower Cost

May 20th, 2008 by flanews

The price of college textbooks has risen at twice the rate of inflation over the past 20 years. A bill aimed at making the books more affordable is on the Governors desk. As Whitney Ray tells us, lawmakers voted to hold professors more accountable when choosing books for their classes.

Hear it Here: Students Get Angry About Textbook Prices, Lawmakers Vote to Lower Cost

FSU Senior Julie Shott spends about the national average on books which is about 500 dollars a semester. She likes used books because theyre cheaper, but some professors require the latest edition, some students say isnt worth the money.

The only difference is like pictures or a couple of phrases, said Shott.

But a bill awaiting the Governors signature requires any new edition to be significantly different and it requires professors to give students notice of a change.

The 5th edition of one geography book we found had been on the shelf less than a year when the 6th edition came out. According to the table of contents there doesnt appear to be much of a difference. Publishers are constantly pitching new books to professors.

The publishing companies stay very closely connected to faculty. They advise us when new editions are coming out, said FAMU Assistant Professor Gina Kinchlow.

The legislation also bans professors from taking gifts or kickbacks from publishing companies. The bill requires colleges and universities to post the titles of textbooks that will be required for each course on the web.

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