Will a New Federal Rule Do the Trick?

New Rule to Curb Textbook Costs Irks Some Professors 1

Photo Illustration by Ron Coddington

Campus bookstores are leading the way in alerting colleges to provisions of a new textbook-affordability law.

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Photo Illustration by Ron Coddington

Campus bookstores are leading the way in alerting colleges to provisions of a new textbook-affordability law.

College bookstores are reporting early successes in complying with new federal rules designed to reduce textbook costs, but some faculty members say the new procedures have burdened them with busywork.

Congress passed the rules as part of the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Although the textbook provisions won't take effect until July 1, many colleges told faculty members to provide reading lists and other information for electronic course catalogs in advance of