College Textbooks Will Cost You

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

It has been a busy week at Bill's Bookstore.

"It's like Mardi Gras without the alcohol," said Bill's Bookstore Manager Scott Mehr.

College is back in session and many students are buying their books.

However, for many, the cost is weighing them down.

"If I bought all the books I’m supposed to get, [it would cost] probably close to $250, and that's only for three classes. I got two others so it's probably going to be about $500 when I’m done," said Senior Shane McConnell.

Sophomore Brittany Jonap says her books are pricey.

"I’m a biology major and I’m getting to my upper level courses. So, science books are pretty expensive. It's starting to hurt the pocket a little bit," she said.

Some students are searching for ways to save their pennies.

“I'm in a sorority so a lot of the girls have already had the classes. So, they give them back to the sorority so I can just use theirs, so that's nice," said Allison Brown.

McConnell says he compares online prices.

"If you go to ebay, they have a lot of books for a lot cheaper, even with the shipping price. So, that's what I’m doing right now, comparing all the prices," he said.

Bill's Bookstore managers say used books are the way to go. They also say new books are pricey and partly to blame on publishers for continually putting out new editions.

"Physics hasn't changed a whole lot in the last couple hundred years so to update editions on it continually, I just don't see the need for it," said Mehr.

Students say no matter what, it will cost them to learn. They just wish selling them back would be an even trade off.

The rising cost of textbooks has forced legislators in both Florida and Georgia to introduce bills this year in both states. All of the bills died during the legislative session however.


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