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For college textbooks, newer -- and pricier -- isn't always better
For college textbooks, newer -- and pricier -- isn't always better

At Cal State Stanislaus, computer science faculty maintain a small library of textbooks so students don't have to buy them. Chico State history professor Susan Green invites former students to sell their used textbooks to new arrivals on the first day of class. And when CSUN professor Lynn Gordon informed her elementary education class that she'd spent more than $500 out of her own pocket on textbooks to lend to every student, cheers erupted. As the price of new college textbooks continues to rise, many students returning to class this fall are finding sympathy — and relief — from faculty. Between 2002 and 2012, prices for new textbooks rose 82%, while tuition...

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