Astronomical textbook prices are the bane of any university student’s existence.
Every university student is all too familiar with the feeling of paralyzing fear that accompanies adding up the yearly cost of their textbooks.
Cheaper textbooks are on the horizon for University of Saskatchewan students, as the governments of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia have agreed to establish an open-textbook program.
Every year students shell out roughly $1,200 for textbooks, but what do we get out of it?
With some textbooks ringing in at over $200, students are exploring every avenue they can to save on class materials while publishers are fighting back.
While tablets and e-readers undoubtedly offer an advantage for avoiding the lines on campus to buy new and second-hand books — typically ranging from $200-$500 — are they worth the investment?
At one time, buying and selling used textbooks was a simple process. Most used books were sold through consignment at Browsers, operated by the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union. Your book would sit on the shelf and, if sold, the students' union would take a cut of the profit. This proved wildly successful and generated hundreds
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada is fighting changes to Access Copyright's licensing system.
The University of Saskatchewan is in the midst of adopting an open access publishing policy, which could see students using free textbooks available online or printing those same texts for less than $25 at the U of S Bookstore.
Thanks to the efforts of a group of radical professors, the content in your textbooks could soon be downloaded as cheaply as music.