Make Textbooks Affordable

Everyone knows that textbooks costs are out of control. The average student spends $900 per year, and prices are rising four times the rate of inflation!

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: issuing new editions that make used books hard to find, bundling textbooks with unnecessary CDs and pass-codes, and more.  They get away with it because students don’t have a choice -- we’ve got to buy the book they’re selling, even if the price is outrageous.

The good news is that we have all of the technology we need to make textbooks affordable. Already, there are rental programs at more than 1,500 colleges, hundreds of sites selling used books and more ways to save than ever before. There's also new solutions like open-source textbooks, which could literally revolutionize how much students pay for their books.

We're fighting to rein in costs by promoting cost-saving solutions on campus, while also tackling publishers' stranglehold on the market to change prices for good.  We're educating students, faculty and bookstores, and raising awareness through researchand the media. We're also calling on publishers, colleges and foundations to support the creation of more open-source textbooks that could save students millions each year.

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Kickoff Meeting | Jessie Mauser

Hi,

WISPIRG Kickoff Meeting
Thursday, September 22nd
6:00
CPS Building, Room 229
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Our Kickoff Meeting is tomorrow night. I hope you can come hear what we have planned and get involved in our fall campaigns.

This fall we'll be volunteering in local soup kitchens, cutting wasteful spending on unhealthy foods, protecting Wisconsin's lakes, and more. We'd love your help.

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Textbook Rebellion

WISPIRG at UW-Madison hosted a stop of the Textbook Rebellion, a national tour to promote open-source textbooks.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Corporate, Democracy, Energy, Foods, Higher Ed, Hunger, Oceans, Parks, Sustainability, Textbooks, Transit, Waste

Internships Available | Jessie Mauser

Hi,

During tough budget negotiations this spring and summer we protected student aid for nearly 10 million students by stopping aggressive cuts to Pell grants. Together we saved student aid.

Now we’re working to cut the billions in wasteful government subsidies that make junk food cheaper than healthy food. As a WISPIRG intern you can help us win, learn skills, and get valuable experience working on a campaign.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Corporate, Democracy, Energy, Foods, Higher Ed, Hunger, Oceans, Parks, Sustainability, Textbooks, Transit, Waste

Come to an Information Session | Meghan Ford

Hi,

I'm eager to get to work on our fall campaigns - and it's a great time for you to get involved as an intern or volunteer.

Stop by Tuesday to hear what we have planned and how you can help.

WISPIRG Info Session
12pm, 3pm, 6pm
Student Activities Center suite 4430
RSVP

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