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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Textbook breaks that make sense

Given all of the complaining to be done about textbook prices, it should be of no surprise that there is a multitude of politicians and organizations seeking to remedy this problem. What most articles on this subject fail to recognize is that the single easiest way to lower costs is to purchase used books online. This can decrease the cost of books as much as 75% for some students, effectively meaning that textbook prices have GONE DOWN over the past ten years. Too often this is given short shrift by only being mentioned as "an alternative."

In any event, one of the few proposals that does make sense and levels the playing field between online and B&M stores is being debated in Florida currently. It is as simple as dropping the sales tax on these books. Not a bad idea... (Read Sun Sentinel article)