Textbook bundles, access codes negatively impact students

January 31, 2018

Relying on bundled textbooks and access-code course materials has had a negative impact on students searching for cheaper textbook alternatives, according to a new US report. The study found that 45% of supplemental resources were unavailable from any source other than the campus bookstore, which “forced [students] to pay full price for these materials” and eliminated the possibility of reselling the materials afterwards. The report recommends either offering textbooks that can be found in a used condition outside of the campus bookstore, or better yet, relying on open educational resources to better support their students.

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