And they are encouraging colleges to buy the new digital textbooks in bulk and to charge students a fee to cover that cost, so students no longer have to decide which version of a textbook to buy.
Still many students resist the change, arguing that they can look up what they need on the internet without a textbook at all.
That’s a stark departure from the age-old textbook model, which gave students the option of buying a used copy, renting a book or borrowing one if they didn’t want to fork over the money for a new one.
I’m so tired of spending just pointless money.”Goegan did not respond to requests to comment for this article, but he told Inside Higher Ed that he believed that even with the university’s discount, the cost of Mind Tap and the book are not worth it.
"I know that relatively speaking it seems low for a textbook, but for that price you can buy just about any book in the world," he is quoted as saying.
The first was that students in all Econ 211 and 212 were now required to purchase a digital textbook called Mind Tap, sold by Cengage.
He alleged that the university was requiring so many students to purchase it so that the university would get a large grant from Cengage.