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High-Priced Textbooks Put Dent In Students' Wallets

February 28, 2014, 7:31 AM by Brittany Larson

High-Priced Textbooks Put Dent In Students' Wallets

The price of textbooks has dramatically increased in the past couple of years.

"We have some accounting books that are close to $350 and then here we have psychology that sells for $200," University of Sioux Falls Bookstore Leader Lesley Gorby said.

It's definitely no secret, college textbooks can be pretty pricey.

"Definitely breaking my pockets, but you got to do what you got to do," USF Student David Clark said

"Textbooks can be very expensive. I like to look online and see how much the cost is compared to the bookstore," USF student Elaina Deadrick said.

But some students say the convenience of buying books at the store verses ordering it online and waiting for it to arrive outweighs the cost. And now students have the option to purchase e-books for certain classes, but some say they still prefer what they are used too.

"I don't look online for an e-book because I like the hard copy and I like to highlight it. And I am not always going to have my computer with me and it's easier to have my book and not worry about my computer being charged," Deadrick said.

According to the Government Accountability office, in the last decade the price of textbooks has increased 82 percent. Students can now plan on spending an average of $1,200 on books and supplies each school year.

"The price through publishers normally goes up a couple times a year; I would say definitely the price of books has increased over the last couple of years." Gorby said.


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