TAP is committed to making sure that students are not only going to get fair pricing on textbooks, but we also want to keep them informed. Here you will find a collection of up-to-date articles pertaining to textbook affordability. 

Textbook Affordability in the News

Students save big at Kwantlen with ‘no textbook cost’ arts degree

October 26, 2019 – Kwantlen Polytechnic University has launched a full degree bachelor’s of arts degree in general studies in which students pay nothing for textbooks, the first of its kind in North America, according to the school.

For This Campus, Choosing Textbooks Has Gotten a Lot More Complicated

October 13, 2019 – Regina Seanez, a sophomore at Austin Community College, uses both traditional textbooks and e-textbooks as part of her coursework. She has rented physical textbooks from the campus bookstore and, more cheaply, from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, but she buys new ones rarely.

A Q&A with James Glapa-Grossklag on How Expensive Textbooks and OER Impact Students

October 10, 2019 – James Glapa-Grossklag is Dean of Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning at College of the Canyons. He previously served as President of the Community College Consortium for OER (CCCOER), President of the Directors of Educational Technology in California Higher Education, Board President of the Open Education Consortium. He is currently Technical Assistance Provider for the California Community College Zero Textbook Cost Degree Program. He took some time to share his perspective on the different impacts that expensive textbooks and no-cost open educational resources have on students..

Textbook Spending Continues Slow Decline

July 25, 2019 – NACS survey finds the amount students spend on course materials each year has decreased, possibly indicating students are increasingly utilizing open-source material and other educational resources. 

LJ Textbook Affordability Survey: Costs Still a Concern, OER an Opportunity

May 16, 2019 – Library Journal ’s 2019 Textbook Affordability Survey, sponsored by Taylor & Francis Group, asked academic librarians who acquire digital and print materials for their libraries about textbook cost challenges, faculty collaborations, trends, and possible solutions.

SPARC is Working to Prevent a Duopoly over College Textbooks

On May 1, 2019, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education announced plans to merge. Being that they are two of the largest textbook companies (out of three), the merger would effectively turn the college textbook market into a duopoly, leaving only a single rival, Pearson. This merger could have negative consequences for competition and student consumers in an industry that has already driven major price increases that have made higher education harder to afford.