New Federal Rules Attempt to Limit Textbook Costs
Here’s good news to look forward to as we start getting closer to the school year. According to an article that was published in Fort Worth’s Star-Telegram this morning, a new set of federal provisions went into effect earlier this month that will help students with the extravagant costs of textbooks. Here is a list of changes that these rules discuss:
- Textbook publishers are required to provide professors with information about book prices, revision history, and alternative formats of the textbooks.
- You know those stupid CDs publishers include in your books that you never end up using? Well, publishers are now required to sell additional material, like CDs, DVDs, or workbooks, separately from textbooks so that you aren’t charged for the material you never use.
- Colleges must give students required texts’ price and International Standard Book Number (ISBN), an incredibly helpful identifying tool which students can use to search for the book elsewhere at a cheaper price.