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Professor Finds Clever Way To Help Students Save Money On Textbooks


One of the greatest challenges facing college students is paying for textbooks. Some students pay over $500 per semester. In result, many students have stopped ordering their required textbooks due to the lack of affordability. That’s when one professor developed an ingenious loophole to help his students save money. He had no idea his simple act of kindness would eventually become a viral story.

Too Much Money

According to CBS News, 65 percent of college students have stopped buying their required textbooks due to the lack of affordability. But instead of lowering costs, textbook publishers have increased the average cost of books over the past 10 years.

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There are many ways to save money on textbooks. This includes ordering used copies, offering open-access texts, or share a textbook with a classmate or friend. But none of these methods is as clever as the idea one professor had to help his students save money.

Loophole Around The Scams

Many professors author or co-author textbooks and then require those for his/her classes; therefore, the professor is receiving royalties over a textbook students may not use as often as other textbooks.

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But according to a Reddit user, his professor had enough of this scam. He authored his own engineering textbook and he knew the university’s student bookstore would charge their own price for it. He couldn’t distribute his own printed copies for free, but the publishers’ contract didn’t say anything about “non-print” content.

Handwriting The Textbook

Students were probably surprised when their professor handwrote the textbook—page by page—and included every equation, graph, and figures. The professor then made copies and distributed them free of charge to his students on the first day of class.

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While handwriting a lengthy textbook would have taken some time to complete, it was worth it to the professor for helping his students. We know who deserves this year’s Professor of the Year Award.

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