It’s hard (if not impossible) to know just how prevalent this practice is, but some college students around the country are uploading their expensive college textbooks onto the Internet so other students can download them for free and avoid the hefty fees that are sometimes more than $200 a book.
Vocativ.com has a story titled “Why College Students are Stealing Their Textbooks,” which notes that some students are even downloading them for ethics classes.
The cost to students of college textbooks skyrocketed 82 percent between 2002 and 2012, according to a 2013 report by the U.S. General Accountability Office, the research arm of Congress. As a result, students have been looking for less expensive options, such as renting books — and, now, finding them on the Internet, uploaded by other students.
In August, an organization called the Book Industry Study Group, which represents publishers, retailers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, librarians and others in the industry, released a survey of some 1,600 students and found, according to a release on the data, that “students continue to become more sophisticated in acquiring their course materials at the lowest cost as illicit and alternative acquisition behaviors, from scanned copies to illegal downloads to the use of pirated websites, continue to increase in frequency.”
This is literally bad economics causing this: you are charging more per book than students are willing to actually pay, even though they need them. If you didn’t make students pay out the nose, you would have more sales, albeit at a cheaper price.
It is utter bull to have to pay this much for a book in this day and age— especially when some classes don’t even use the book: I’ve had that happen to me with the most expensive textbook I bought. Why have prices skyrocketed in the past decade? Because they think they can get away with it, with each new edition of the book that changes something that’s largely minute, because students need the books, according to a syllabus.
TheAnt: From The Heaven To The Stars
Unfinished endless game concept experiment by Megapont.
#free_69min: ghibli! i worked really hard on these puns okay
Suddenly her mom’s silence matched Jackie’s own. “Oh, my God,” she murmured in disbelief. “Are you gay?”
"Yeah," Jackie forced herself to say.
After what felt like an eternity, her mom finally responded. “I don’t know what we could have done for God to have given us a fag as a child,” she said before hanging up.
She got a call from her older brother. “He said, ‘Mom and Dad don’t want to talk to you, but I’m supposed to tell you what’s going to happen,’” Jackie recalls. “And he’s like, ‘All your cards are going to be shut off, and Mom and Dad want you to take the car and drop it off at this specific location. Your phone’s going to last for this much longer. They don’t want you coming to the house, and you’re not to contact them. You’re not going to get any money from them. Nothing. And if you don’t return the car, they’re going to report it stolen.’ And I’m just bawling. I hung up on him because I couldn’t handle it.” Her brother was so firm, so matter-of-fact, it was as if they already weren’t family.
Martin Guy is facing life in prison for wounding 3 SWAT officers and killing 1 after they attempted to enter his home with a “no-knock” warrant. He was unaware the men were officers; he assumed they were trespassers. The search warrant was for drugs-no drugs were found.
Daniel Martin called the cops for assistance and they killed him on his porch.
We are under attack…
"I think what we need is a colorblind society." Now folks, when you hear somebody say that you know you’re listening to a racist…
THIS WAS IN
NINETEEN FUCKING NINETY-TWO
Jane Elliot is the fucking truth
she goes “i know this maybe hard for you because white males are accustomed to telling people things not listening to people so let me break it down for you”
i have died and she has resurrected me
There was a time in the early 90’s where people were really talking about race and what it meant to be black."white males are accustomed to telling people things not listening to people." goddamn yesThis is a great ally.Jane Elliott has been going HARD in the Paintsince right after MLK’s assassination in 1968.
Respect is owed and must be given.
- “We are left to make this moment into a movement”
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- Preparing to discuss Mike Brown in the classroom
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- Meeting Mike Brown’s father
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