What students want, cheap used textbooks
AbeBooks recently conducted a student textbook survey and with just over 1500 students responding I thought the results were fairly interesting.
According to the survey most students spend between $200-400 on their textbooks for one year, but an astounding 29% spend over $600 on textbooks alone.
Another interesting fact is that 23% of the students surveyed have purchased an electronic textbook in the past. While they are catching on students want to see a discount on the purchase price of the e-books with 32% of students expecting at least a 40% discount and a further 52% of students requiring a range of discounts from 60% and up to shed the physical copies.
I can definitely see e-books catching on as more people buy e-reading devices and laptops keep dropping in price however when it comes textbooks being able to write in the margin, trade with your classmates, and get out of a stuffy classroom and read under a tree are all features students desire.
So like I said in my last posts, go to AbeBooks , buy early, and find those cheap used copies!