Student textbook purchasing

the hidden cost of time


  • Stacy Katz Lehman College


textbooks, textbook acquisition, textbook purchasing open educational resources, oer


Choice in textbook purchasing has been portrayed as beneficial to students. However, the time spent exploring options for purchasing textbooks takes students away from other obligations in their lives. This research is a study of student textbook purchasing. In this paper, the literature regarding the textbook acquisition process is explored. Students were surveyed regarding their textbook purchasing habits. I found that most students visited multiple stores or websites, but those who purchased textbooks ultimately only purchased from the campus bookstore/bookstore website or Approximately twenty percent of students reported spending more than two hours purchasing textbooks. The ways in which faculty adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) courses could affect student time in acquiring materials is also discussed.


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