Free or low-cost college textbooks? SLCC program makes it possible

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  • Leohat Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 15, 2017 11:12 p.m.

    I was a SLCC student (now transferred to U of U), only 1 class in 3 years used a open source textbook (Math 1060), Several classes did allow for previous editions but most required the latest edition of the textbooks because the homework questions and occasionally the chapter order was different. The classes that required textbooks published by Pearson were particularly bad because even if you could find a used copy, you had to buy a code in order to be able to do homework via their web site.

    The textbook racket should be illegal.

  • bass679 Novi, MI
    Sept. 15, 2017 8:02 a.m.

    My freshman year of college as a Physics major in 2002, I spent just over $900 on books the firsts semester and $400 or so the second semester. Most were used copies...

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Sept. 14, 2017 11:33 p.m.

    "When I was a student in the early '90s, a textbook was maybe $30 or $50 if it was really outrageous."

    Don't know what major that was? In the '80s, in Chemical Engineering, I never saw a textbook below $80 and most were $120 or more.

  • DHuber Palmyra, NY
    Sept. 14, 2017 8:52 p.m.

    From BYU-I came Kim Clark's textbook plan. Justify why each department could not write their own first year books. Some did but more went to selecting chapters from slightly outdated versions and having the publisher print them in low cost black and white with only the chapters needed. It seems that colleges have no common sense-- If you save students money on books you can then extract a higher tuition.