Each semester I buy textbooks for the courses I’m taking, and each semester I’m amazed at the cost of those textbooks, Minnesota Daily columnist Trent Kays writes. This should come as a surprise to no one: Textbooks cost too much. I would like to suggest they’ve cost too much since textbooks were first required in college courses, but I don’t know if that would be necessarily true. According to a report released in 2005 by the U.S. General Accounting Office, textbook costs rose an astonishingly 186 percent between 1986 and 2004. This is, by now, an old statistic, so I...

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