Higher Education is already costly enough without adding in the need for expensive textbooks. Some students even find themselves going without the needed textbooks, which makes them struggle harder through the class. One company is on the rise to help students afford a better option than paying high textbook prices or even going without.
They are switching to ETextbooks for Education.
Greg Fenton, cofounder and CEO of Redshelf, says a new industry is rising and it is called Edtech. The team at RedShelf is fighting for a noble cause. Together, they’re working to make eTextbooks for College Students more more affordable and easier to find. With RedShelf’s technology, students have access to Digital Content from a variety of Publishers. That in turn can help them better realize their academic hopes and dreams.
The end conclusion is not free textbooks that are horrible quality, but rather the end conclusion for RedShelf is more of the ‘Netflix for college textbooks’, where you can bring the costs down when you use eTextbooks and it’s more of a rental model.” The RedShelf team routinely seeks Student Feedback to improve their e-reader. Current features include Flashcards, Study Guides, Collaboration Tools with Professors and Note-Sharing Capabilities.
We know that having a child in college can be a very costly thing! The following is an article written by Allen Grove.
According to Grove, Allen. “Why Do College Books Cost So Much?” ThoughtCo, Jan. 1, 2017, thoughtco.com/why-are-textbooks-so-expensive-788492…
College books are not cheap. An individual book will often well over $100, sometimes over $200.
- Buy Used – Most college bookstores sell used books when they are available. Savings are often around 25%. The information in a used book is as good as a new one, and sometimes you’ll even benefit from a former student’s notes. Get to the bookstore early – used books often sell out quickly.
- Buy Online – Online bookstores such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble often discount books up to 20%. Sometimes you can pick up a used copy online for even less. But be careful. Make sure you’re getting the correct edition, and make sure shipping costs aren’t more than you’re saving.
- Buy an Electronic Edition – Many textbooks are available as e-books, and the costs will often be less since there are no material, printing, or shipping costs associated with an e-book.
- Sell Back Your Books – Most colleges have a book buy-back program. If a book is one that you aren’t likely to need in the future, you can often get part of your investment back by selling it to the bookstore at the end of the semester.
- Buy from Fellow Students – If one of your peers is taking a class this semester that you are planning to take next semester, offer to buy books directly from the student. You can probably get a significant discount yet still offer a better price than what the college would pay through its buy-back program.
- Go to the Library – Some books may be available from the college or community library. Just don’t write in a book that isn’t your own.
- Borrow a Book – Can you find a student who took the same class in a previous semester? Or perhaps the professor has an extra copy that he or she would be willing to lend you.
- Photocopy – Some professors use just a small portion of a book. If so, you may be able to photocopy the assigned reading from a classmate’s book rather than purchasing a book yourself. Realize, however, that copying large portions of a book is often a copyright violation.
- Rent Your Books – Book rentals have grown in popularity in recent years. Amazon offers rentals for many popular textbooks often with a savings of 30% or more. Chegg.com is another popular rental option. Just be sure to take good care of your books so that you don’t end up with extra fees, and be careful about renting books in your major — you may want them for future reference in other courses.
Some of these tips require that you get the reading list well before a course starts. Often the college bookstore will have this information. If not, you can send a polite email to the professor.
A final note: He doesn’t recommend sharing a book with a student who is in the same course as you.
In class, each student will be expected to have a book. Also, when paper and exam time rolls around, you are both likely to want the book at the same time.