New State Law = Avoid bookstore gouging
A new Florida law could have college students flocking to the Internet for textbooks instead of the campus bookstore.
Public colleges and universities must publish a list of required texts at least 30 days before the semester starts, giving students ample time to scour eBay, Craigslist or Amazon for new or used books at discounted prices.
Florida lawmakers adopted the textbook affordability law last spring after reviewing government reports that showed textbook prices increased at twice the rate of inflation over the past two decades. The law:
- Prohibits college faculty from receiving payments in exchange for requiring students to purchase a specific textbook.
- Allows college employees to earn royalties or compensation from sales of textbooks that include their own work, and also collect fees for reviewing or critiquing texts.
- Requires instructors or departments to verify each item in a bundled textbook package, such as a workbook or CD, will be used during the course.
- Requires colleges post a list of textbooks required for each course at least 30 days in advance.
LINK: State law allows students avoid campus bookstore | news-press.com | The News-Press
Now if they could only do the same with some of the apartment complexes!