The Ithaca College Campus Store has stopped selling textbooks on campus and is utilizing a virtual textbook service.
On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, hundreds of delivery packages lined the Phillips Hall Post Office, where workers struggled to keep up with the haul.
With the rising prices of textbooks, students at Ithaca College and nationally are turning to alternative sources to purchase their books, such as renting websites like Chegg and the rental program at the college’s Bookstore.
A 2013 study done by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that college textbook prices rose 82 percent from 2002–12.
It can take a student only a few seconds to find a free, albeit illegal, online version of a textbook. By simpling searching a textbook’s name followed by “PDF” or “torrent,” any student can often easily find a free downloadable version of a textbook that would have cost him or her hundreds of dollars.
Ithaca College professors have been asking students to buy their books through Buffalo Street Book’s “First Class” program over the college’s Bookstore.
Ithaca College is raising faculty awareness to a law that requires course textbooks to be listed when classes are listed. Do textbook costs affect your decision to take a class?