To buy or to rent: a college textbook conundrum

College textbooks are packed with information, but do they hold their value past one semester?

“Cost” is a word closely tied to college. Every step you take in college comes with a new price tag. Campus parking, meal plans and housing are just some of the basics, but one expense that you can’t get around is that of the textbook.

According to College Board, the average cost of books and supplies for one year at a public university is $1,250. These days, many students cut the cost by renting their books or buying used books and selling them back to their local bookstore, but should they be? Many of our textbooks were written by experts in their field of study and should hold their value past the five months of a class. Wouldn’t these books be constantly referenced during an undergraduate’s future career?

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