Textbook prices rise faster than inflation: How much are you paying?

The rising cost of textbooks has long been an issue in higher ed and area colleges and the state along with area colleges have been trying to find ways to reduce that burden to students.

The price of textbooks has outpaced the rate of inflation for the last 15 to 20 years, said Dan Krane, a professor at Wright State University who also serves as chair of the school’s task force on affordability and efficiency.

In light of the cost of textbooks, this media outlet would like to hear from you. Send an email to our higher education reporter Max Filby at max.filby@coxinc.com .

In the email, include your name, phone number, the college you attend and how much you spent on textbooks. Your story could be featured in an upcoming article.

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Wright State is the most recent area institution to try to cut down on textbook costs.

The university is launching a pilot program that would allow it to negotiate the price of textbooks and online content on behalf of students. The program, which will be started in six courses this spring, is estimated to result in $50,000 in savings to students, according to WSU.


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