The U.S. Department of Education’s Senior Policy Advisor, Hal Plotkin, joined students and faculty at the University of Maryland College Park on August 31, 2011 at a press conference to help launch a campaign for affordable textbooks. The campaign, Textbook Rebellion, kicked off a six-week cross-country tour that includes tour stops scheduled at about 30 campuses around the U.S.  

The event is sponsored by the Student PIRGs, a national coalition for affordable college textbooks. Joining the group is Flat World Knowledge, Inc., the largest publisher of free and open college textbooks for students worldwide.

Through an online petition drive, social media and campus events, the Textbook Rebellion aims to raise awareness of the textbook affordability crisis and a growing number of alternatives that relieve students of the perennial problem of spiraling textbook costs. Chief among the new options are open textbooks that are licensed to be free online and affordable in print and digital formats. Other choices range from the e-reader model, textbook rental and loan programs and websites for used books.

3 thoughts on “Textbook Rebellion Kick-Off at U of Maryland

  1. I’m glad to see the Textbook Rebellion getting some much deserved coverage. Fight back. Avoid the campus bookstore. Go online if you want cheaper textbooks. As long as some people are still paying retail prices the publishers are not going to be compelled to end their monopoly on student’s wallets. Go online and search for used books, international editions, older editions, rentals, and even e-books to combat the high prices. The only problem with this solution is that there are so many places online promising cheaper books. That’s why I use http://www.bigwords.com They are a textbook price comparison search engine that searches all the online retailers and rental site to find you the best prices, no matter which format you are seeking.

  2. Well, as long as the rebellion is going out, we should also use it to prevent e-textbook from becoming a source of additional expenses instead of a money saver. a Just read here http://www.epublishabook.com/2011/09/14/preserving-profits-from-textbooks-at-the-expenses-by-creatively-hitting-the-students-pocket%E2%80%A6/ that there are ways publishers and authors can use through on-line assignments and quizzes to coerce students into buying expensive digital textbooks.

    Better start now to oppose that than wait for it to become the norm!

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