Originally Posted by Bimble
Piracy isn't going to fix the problem, really, just bypass it for some students. The real fix would have to start with the faculty - students need to talk to them and get them to either pay more attention to pricing, or to look at textbooks distributed outside traditional publishing venues (like some creative commons textbooks that can be freely downloaded or printed cheaply - there aren't a lot, but there are indeed some like that being used at ivy league schools, written by professors, and that underwent peer review before release).
I'd like to see textbooks distributed as ebooks with a reasonable price for the book rolled into the fees for the class. Ideally, schools could give price breaks or even free books to students with financial need.