It’s that time of year again when college students have to shell out hundreds of dollars for textbooks in addition to all their other expenses. In an earlier blog, we mentioned a website that specializes in renting textbooks: http://www.rentscouter.com
Now, even more people have started to address this issue. One organization called Student Public Interest Research Groups or Student PIRGS has actually started visiting college campuses to make people aware of the problem and sign petitions asking for change. They are also promoting and encouraging the use of open textbooks.
Open textbooks are those which you can find and read online or download and print for much less than the cost of a regular textbook. The drawback is that many professors don’t use them or may not be familiar with them. The PIRGS hope to change that.
Another new website, http://www.localtextbook.com/ helps students to connect with other students in their area who may have a textbook for sale. Those who have a textbook they no longer need can list it on this site for a small fee.
If you’re looking for more ideas on how to save money on textbooks, check out the PIRGS’ suggestions at http://www.studentpirgs.org/textbooks/tips