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Colleges Look for Ways to Reduce Book Costs

Item: Textbook rentals solution to price hikes: Colleges looking for options to expensive books as criticism mounts to do something/Shawn Vestal, Spokesman-Review

Quote: “It’s a very expensive textbook,” she said. “It costs $151 to buy the textbook new, $120 to buy the textbook used, and $51 to rent it for a quarter.”

DFO: I view the cost of college textbooks in terms of a racket. I wouldn't pay a fifth of the cost of a textbook for a hard-bound bestseller. Yet, colleges and profs have been shaking students down for years with this mounting expense. I'm glad to see the colleges are finally listening to criticism from students and parents.

Question: What else can colleges do to reduce costs?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.