For this semester, I spent $520 on textbooks. My chemistry textbook uses an online code I had to pay seperately for, and I will not be able to return my math book because it came packaged with a workbook. As a senior, I've been seeing this at the bookstore for a long time. The problem is that about 5 publishers monopolize the textbook market, allowing them to hike up prices by employing practices like coming out with unchanged new editions and bundling textbooks with CDs and workbooks.
Fortunately, we will be joining thousands of other students, faculty, and staff across the country in the Textbook Rebellion. We will not stand for these bad practices. We demand more choice in the textbook market. We will strive to use alternative options like book swaps and online resources to obtain books at cheaper prices.
UNM will be hosting the Textbook Rebellion on September 20th, full of evil textbooks eating our money, a textbook superhero, petitions to make our voices heard, and media attention to get the word out to the public. Join us!
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