Campus Textbooks Campaign Toolkit

Student PIRGs
Last updated: 11/20/2013


Every college student knows what it’s like to walk into the bookstore and pay $200 for a textbook, or get pennies back for an expensive book at the end of the term.  With today’s technology, there’s no excuse for textbooks to be so expensive!  Textbook prices have skyrocketed four times faster than inflation for the past two decades, and the average student spends $1,200 on books and supplies each year.  Publishers continue to drive prices sky-high while engaging in bad practices that make it harder to rent or buy used books.

This toolkit is meant to act as a guide - for students, for faculty, for campus staff and admin - anyone interested in making textbooks more affordable and building the open textbook movement on their campus.

The toolkit is comprehensive. It tells the narrative of an affordable textbooks campaign, from problem to solution, all the down to goals, strategies and tactics. The toolkit even includes many of the sample materials you'll need to organize on campus.

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