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  •  Very true- the college textbook (14+ / 0-)

    publishers, in collusion with college bookstores, are a much bigger racket than the relatively small number of people stealing library books to sell.  I know it really upsets my daughter, who's a professor and has taught student populations who are struggling just to pay tuition, when she is required to hand them a list of insanely expensive books to purchase.  And most of the textbooks suck in terms of adding value to the course.

    She tries to get around it when she can, but in some instances she's been told not to mention that they might find much cheaper copies used or online.

    •  High school textbooks are cranking up price too (3+ / 0-)

      I heard the ridiculous prices parents were being asked to pay to replace missing textbooks. My kids are fortunate enough to attend a high school that provides a copy of each textbook to keep at home, plus an additional copy in the classroom. But the replacement cost for an algebra textbook was about $130.  Say what?  I'm glad my kids didn't lose track of their books.

      These books are approved for California classes, so it's not as if they're only selling a few thousand copies, either.

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