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Textbook Bill Passes Through The House

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

The House of Delegates has approved a bill that would make professors post course reading material in time for students to shop around for used textbooks online.

"I think it's a lot better to buy them online because you have more options from different places so it usually ends up being cheaper," said Martha Sanchez, a University of Virginia student.

"I know people who spend, eight hundred, nine hundred even a thousand dollars on books. I hate having to send that bill home to Mom and Dad. It gets expensive. Then there are kids who have to buy their own books," said John Byrnes.

Students have complained about being forced to buy from stores with a virtual monopoly on textbook sales. "It's troubling because you only have two prices to look at and you have only so many books to choose from," said Sanchez.

The student bookstores work with UVA. They're the first one's to know when professors drop a course or add another textbook to student's requirements.

"Professors change their books a lot, more than I would like and so if you bought the book online all of a sudden know you're stuck with having to return it hoping the person you bought it from will let you return it, which in some cases it is quite a battle. Then you have to pay for the shipping and all of that where if you bought it from us you bring it in and say the professor dropped the book we'd let you return it," said Jeremy Hunt, the Director of the Student Bookstore.

One student said just having the extra time to shop gives him a sense of calmness. "It's always a mad scramble before classes start to go get your books so it might give us a little peace of mind when it comes to that although students tend to be last minute people," said Byrnes.


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