June 15, 2007
Experts Discuss Textbook Costs
A proposal to reduce textbook costs by creating a national electronic clearinghouse for course materials is promising in theory but daunting to put into practice, experts testified before a congressional advisory committee last week.
The Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance had recommended a "national digital marketplace" in a report it released this month after a yearlong study of rising textbook costs. The online resource would allow students to buy custom-designed