|09-23-2005, 08:14 AM||#1|
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Why should students pay $150 for one textbook?
If you're a college student and don't have the luxury of charging your purchases to daddy's credit card, you probably know the sudden onset of depression upon entering a campus bookstore. The price of textbooks is just out of hand. According to this sobering government report (PDF), over the past two decades, "college textbook prices have risen at double the rate of inflation."
Yale Law School professor Ian Ayres notes in a recent NYT article that professors receive royalties for textbooks that they author and then assign to their students. In addition, he draws an analogy to prescription drugs:
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