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Who’s Screwing Whom? – The Great Textbook / Bookstore Debate

As we’re in the midst of back-to-school rush, I’m reading some interesting industry-related articles and posts. While many are the standard “how to save on college, dorm decor, food, textbooks, etc.,” types of writings, a few more-detailed (and more honest and daring) posts have caught my attention. I wanted to take a moment to share them with you.

 

The New Republic, “How College Bookstores Are Killing College Bookstores”
In this post, Mark Athitakis explores how the college bookstore has gone from being dependent on selling textbooks to a vendor of anything but — namely a services outpost selling everything but textbooks.

http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/106376/decline-of-college-bookstores-textbooks-online-print

Luke Thomas, “The Textbook Industry & Greed: My Story”
This is a firsthand account of a student trying to purchase books and the hassles and hurdles and confrontations he and his wife faced trying to do so without breaking the bank. It’s a real-life account of the cruel world of academic book-buying, and it isn’t pretty.

http://lukethomas.com/the-textbook-industry-greed-its-getting-worse/

And of course, something from the vault . . .
The Textbook Guru, “Why Can’t I Buy My Books Anywhere But The Bookstore?”
My take on the bookstore’s attempt to move to custom publications and the negative impact on students.
Part 1: http://thetextbookguru.com/2012/08/07/i-cant-find-my-textbook/
Part 2: http://thetextbookguru.com/2012/08/09/i-cant-find-my-textbookpart-2/
Reactions: http://thetextbookguru.com/2012/08/10/why-cant-i-buy-my-book-any-where-but-the-bookstore-reaction/

Why Can’t I Buy My Book Any Where But the Bookstore? Reaction

The article written on Why Can’t I Buy My Book Any Where But the Bookstore? Part 1 and Part 2 have provided some extra comments and I wanted to share them with you.  Here are what some others have said about the topic.

Rafter –http://rafter.com/thetruth/assets/pdfs/Rafter_The_Truth_About_Textbooks.pdf

Brian Jacobs – Akadamos – http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/curious-longevity-college-bookstore

Response from NACS – http://thetextbookguru.com/2012/08/07/i-cant-find-my-textbook/#comments

This is obviously hot topic with many opinions.  Feel free to share your thoughts below.

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