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S. 945, The College Textbook Affordability Act of 2007 (3 comments ↓)

  • This item is from the 110th Congress (2007-2008) and is no longer current. Comments, voting, and wiki editing have been disabled, and the cost/savings estimate has been frozen.
  • This bill, or a similar bill, was reintroduced in the current Congress as S. 1455, The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act.

S. 945 would ensure that college textbooks and supplemental materials are available and affordable.

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Markus

January 4, 2008, 10:16pm (report abuse)

The problem with these bills are that they don't really solve the problem. I wouldn't be surprised if this bill only ends up using taxpayer money to subsidize the very lucrative college textbook industry for the "benefit" of students.

Jared

April 5, 2008, 2:54pm (report abuse)

The things mentioned in the CTAA of 2007 are a great start. Publisher's should not be allowed to play games in order to increase the prices to rediculous amounts. Additionally, they should be made to play fair with those that would like to join the textbook market.

Multiple editions a year coming out on esoteric subjects like (for instance) fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer for Mechanical Engineers is to say the least, reprehensible. Be honest people! Just because you can take advantage of people doesn't mean that you should. It doesn't hurt some of us who can afford the huge cost of text, but it hinders others who can't afford it and those that receive government aid use all of our money in taxes to pay those money grubbing book publishers. (I speak collectively as a whole, so don't take it like I am talking to you individually....group psychology deserves collective treatment, so if the shoe fits...then wear it!

JM

September 23, 2008, 10:22am (report abuse)

Funny. Tuition skyrockets in the last decade and we're trying to regulate the private support companies. Would this even be an issue if tuition hadn't soared at multiple times the rate of inflation? I agree with Jared that multiple new editions may not be educationally justifiable, but tuition is the elephant in the room.

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