Price of books continue to rise

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - It's the time of year when college

students shell out big bucks for books they often can't sell back.

Nursing student Emily Frazier had to buy $1,300 worth of books

her first semester three years ago at the University of Southern


But when she tried to sell them back to the campus bookstore,

she could only sell two books.

Publishers are quashing the used textbook competition any way

they can.

In the last 20 years, college textbook prices have increased at

twice the rate of inflation but have followed close behind tuition

increases. That's according to a 2005 report by the Government

Accountability Office.

Publishers push new editions to professors in part to make up

for lost sales to used books available online.


Information from: The Hattiesburg American,

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