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Announcing Our Win Free Textbooks for a Year Giveaway!
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Here at Study.com, we're always trying to come up with new ways to increase access to education. We've granted scholarships, highlighted the latest and greatest in OpenCourseWare and provided consistently unbiased articles on education opportunities and career options. Now we're tackling a problem affecting students across the country: the rising cost of textbooks.
According to Studentpirgs.org, the average student spends $900 a year on textbooks. These required course materials have been increasing in cost at a rate greater than inflation for the past 20 years. Though they're more expensive to produce than a typical paperback, publishers also have little incentive to keep costs down because the people who order textbooks (teachers and professors) don't actually buy them - students do. Publishers also 'bundle' extra materials with textbooks, which increases the cost of the book by 10-50% (65% of professors, when asked, admitted to rarely or never using these extra materials). In a Government Accountability Office (gao.gov) report from 2005, purchasing textbooks at 2-year colleges increased the total price of education by a whopping 72%. These staggering costs prevent many students from taking full advantage of their educational opportunities.
In recent years, legislation and developments in technology have emerged as potential solutions to the problem of rising textbook costs. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), passed in 2008 came into effect in July of 2010. It requires publishers to disclose pricing information to professors and offer bundled materials for sale separately. E-books have been hailed as promising alternatives to expensive hardcover textbooks, and South Korea has recently declared that textbooks will be phased out in favor of e-books by 2015. Initiatives like the Open Course Library are designed to only include course materials that are completely free.
Though exciting, the benefits of these developments have yet to make costs significantly lower for today's students. That's why we've decided to help out with our Win Free Textbooks for a Year giveaway! Starting August 1st, you'll be able to head over to our Facebook page, fill out a quick survey and enter to win $1,000 to cover a year's supply of college textbooks. If you spread the word to others, you will also be eligible for the $500 referral prize. Good luck!
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