Crowd-sourcing cheaper textbooks

Knowledge wants to be free; textbooks want to be expensive

Based on a recent study,  The Student Public Interest Research Group says “it’s no accident that textbooks are so expensive.  Publishing companies have been raking in huge profits while engaging in bad practices that drive up costs.” How best to fight back? Tara Bernard at the New York Times has updated an excellent guide to finding cheaper text books online. Note that she has used crowd-sourcing to help with the task of identifying the best sites. “Since then, we’ve learned of several more options, in part through the informative nuggets left by more than 200 readers who chimed in with their own suggestions. So in this latest edition, we have highlighted some of those and have taken an even closer look at comparison Web sites that do much of the legwork for you.”

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