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Textbook publishers find new ways to squeeze students

College textbook prices have skyrocketed in the last 20 years, surpassed only by hospital services.
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D. K. Schwartz, Contributing Writer

February 26, 2018

Defying perceptions of a dying industry, one sector of the publishing world is still doing brisk business these days, and it’s all thanks to college students. After raising the average college textbooks’ price nearly 200 percent since 1997—a surge outpaced only by hospital services — the corporat...

The termination of textbooks

Graphic by Victoria Williamson

Mackenzie Murtaugh, Opinions Editor

February 26, 2018

It sits at my bedside table. The wood-panelling of my walls makes its blue and orange colors dance along with old receipts and gum wrappers drifting across my floor. The dust it has collected makes me reflect on simpler times, perhaps a time when this arrangement of paper didn’t sit beside my bed, plott...

Senator Dick Durbin proposes bill to lower textbook prices

College textbook prices have nearly doubled since 2006, something Durbin wants to change.  
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Evelyn Baker

October 2, 2017

Illinois senator Dick Durbin held a press conference call on Tuesday, Sept. 27 with two of his fellow senators Al Franken, D-MN, and Angus King, I-ME, to reintroduce the Affordable College Textbook Act. Read More »...

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