Book companies cashing out at the expense of college students

Mary Ellen Fernandez-Anchor Staff

For college students, budgeting is typically the most difficult part of everyday life. Between school payments, meal plans, groceries, gas money and other expenses, it can be difficult to balance it all. On top of that, back to school spending isn’t complete without the dreadful expense that is buying school books. Buying a New York Times bestseller for $20 is fine, but a paperback anatomy textbook for $170? Yeah, no thanks.

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The prices of books have skyrocketed and it only seems to be getting worse. The most horrendous scam the millennial generation has seen is the cost of textbooks. The textbook companies are no fools, they know students have no choice but to buy books.

In recent years, however, students have found new ways to keep the costs down; for instance, Chegg. Chegg is a book sharing website that allows students to rent books, as well as other helpful materials, for dirt cheap.

As much as students try to save, though, the book selling companies find a way to shut students’ efforts down. In order to prevent students from saving their money (heaven forbid), the companies have begun to use expensive tactics: Ebooks and access codes. Basically, along with the book, students must have an internet access card that is, of course, non-reusable. More classes are requiring Ebooks and access codes, and it is becoming increasingly expensive to purchase the materials necessary to do well in classes.

The fact is plain; school textbooks are way too expensive. With the prices of tuition rapidly rising, it is almost impossible to understand why everything involved with getting an education must be so overpriced. Attending a secondary school for a degree is an investment for the future, but when the expenses, such as books, begin to increase, it leaves students wondering: how much am I really willing to invest?