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2011-02-24 Making Textbooks Affordable (Eastern Sociological Society Conference)
 

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Session on open textbooks as a solution to make textbooks affordable. Co-Presented with Eric Frank from Flat World Knowledge. ...

Session on open textbooks as a solution to make textbooks affordable. Co-Presented with Eric Frank from Flat World Knowledge.

24 February 2011
Eastern Sociological Society Conference
Philadelphia, PA

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    2011-02-24 Making Textbooks Affordable (Eastern Sociological Society Conference) 2011-02-24 Making Textbooks Affordable (Eastern Sociological Society Conference) Presentation Transcript

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    • Issue Background
    • Issue Background Textbooks cost $900 per year for the average student
    • Issue Background
      • Prices rising
      • 4 times
      • the rate of inflation
      250% 200% 150% 100% 50% 0% 1989 1994 1999 2004 2009 Textbook Prices Textbooks Inflation
    • Issue Background
      • 26% of tuition @ public 4-year
      • 72% of tuition @ comm. college
      Textbooks cost HOW much???
    • Issue Background
      • Campaign started by students at UCI in 2003
      • Our report Rip-Off 101 exposed the problem.
    • Issue Background 6 th Edition Outrageous Prices $238.95 only
    • Issue Background Unnecessary New Editions used 5th edition $81.78 6 th Edition $224.95
    • Issue Background Costly Bundles $213.95 with CengageNOW Personal Tutor CD, Student Study Guide, InfoTrac 2-Semester Printed Access Card Statistics
    • Issue Background
      • Withholding price info from professors
      • Charging far lower prices overseas
      • Custom and loose leaf editions sabotage resale
      • “ Cheaper” e-books end up costing more
    • Issue Background “ Market Failure”
    • Issue Background Normal Market Producer Consumer
    • Issue Background Textbooks Market Publisher Professor Student
    • Issue Background Similar to... Rx Drug Company Doctor Patient
    • Issue Background
      • New Federal Law:
          • Part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act ( “HEOA”) of 2008
          • Went into effect on July 1, 2010
    • Issue Background
      • New Federal Law:
          • Publishers must disclose prices and revision histories – proactively.
          • Publishers must offer the option to purchase supplements separately.
          • Colleges must list book assignments during registration.
    • Issue Background
      • Requirements for a Solution:
      • 1. High Quality
      • 2. Sustainable
      • 3. Affordable
      • 4. For All Students
    • Solutions
    • Solutions “ Students have more options than ever before”
          • 75% the new cost in the bookstore
          • 60% of the new cost online
          • Buy from from friends, classmates
      Solutions Used Books
          • 40% of the new cost
          • Online companies – rent by mail
          • Many bookstores have started to rent
      Solutions Renting
          • 50% of the new cost
          • Usually like a180-day rental.
          • Available for many different devices.
      Solutions E-Books
          • Used Books
          • New editions
          • Bundles
          • Custom editions
          • Perpetuating the problem
      Solutions
          • Rentals
          • Prices based on new books – will rise just as fast
          • Not everyone wants to rent
          • E-Books
          • No resale value, but cost more than renting
          • Limitations on access, printing
          • Most students prefer print
    • Solutions Student Preferences 66% Keep Some 34% Rent All 75% Prefer print 25% Prefer digital
    • Solutions Maximum savings of all three options combined is 34%
    • Solutions
      • Requirements for a Solution:
      • 1. High Quality
      • 2. Sustainable
      • 3. Affordable
      • 4. For All Students
    • Solutions
    • Solutions
    • Solutions
    • Models for Affordability
    • Open Textbooks
      • 1. Like regular texts:
          • Table of contents, chapters, exercises
          • Written by experts
          • Edited and reviewed
      Open Textbook Online: Free Print: $26.98 Open Textbooks
    • Open Textbooks
      • 2. Except affordable:
          • Free online to everyone
          • Downloadable, printable at no additional cost
          • Hard copies for $20-30
      Open Textbook Online: Free Print: $19.95 Open Textbooks
    • Open Textbooks
      • 3. And flexible:
          • Instructors can customize by adding, editing, combining
          • New editions are optional
      Open Textbook Online: Free Print: $29.95 Open Textbooks
    • Open Textbooks
      • Benefits of open textbooks:
          • All students have access online
          • Print copies and other formats are optional and affordably priced
          • Empower students as consumers
      Open Textbooks
    • Open Textbooks
        • Make copies and change formats
        • Distribute copies
        • Create customized versions
        • “ Open” = Open License
      • Benefits for faculty:
        • All students have access
        • New editions are optional
        • Ability to customize
      Open Textbooks
      • Benefits for students:
        • Online access is free
        • Other formats are fairly priced (PDF, print, etc.)
        • Flexibility to use their preferred format
      Open Textbooks
    • Open Textbooks Open Textbooks How does it work?
    • Open Textbooks Open Textbooks
      • 1. Individual authors
        • Personal motivations
        • Sabbatical time/grant funding
        • Count open textbooks toward tenure?
    • Open Textbooks Open Textbooks
      • 2. Institutional projects
            • A consortium of 80+ community colleges is pooling resources to write and review texts
            • Rice University founded CNX.org, a platform that hosts numerous open textbooks
    • Open Textbooks Open Textbooks
      • 3. Government funding
            • The WA community college system received state funding for the 80 highest enrollment courses
            • The Department of Labor recently announced a $2 billion grant program to create open course materials
    • Open Textbooks Open Textbooks 4. Commercial publishers
    • Open Textbooks Publisher Professor Students Textbooks Market Open Textbooks
    • Open Textbooks Publisher Professor Students Open Textbooks Open Textbooks
    • Open Textbooks
      • Requirements for a Solution:
      • 1. High Quality
      • 2. Sustainable
      • 3. Affordable
      • 4. For All Students
    • What You Can Do
    • What You Can Do
      • Open Textbooks:
      • 1. Consider adopting
      • 2. Spread the word to others
      • 3. Seek support from your institution
      • 4. Sign the Statement
    • What You Can Do
      • Reduce Costs for Students:
      • 1. Use previous editions
      • 2. Avoid bundles, custom
      • 3. Turn book orders in on time
      • 4. Sign the Statement
    • Nicole Allen Textbook Advocate The Student PIRGs 401-484-8104 [email_address] www.studentpirgs.org/open-textbooks