Business books break bank; Humanities holds bargains
August 26, 2008 4:01 PM
Most of the chatter in the SFSU Bookstore in the days before classes began this semester had a common theme: textbook prices are ridiculously high.
[X]press analyzed new book prices across 107 disciplines – from accounting to women studies – to determine where text prices rose the highest.
Viewed as a whole, SF State’s textbook prices were not astronomical. A full 56 percent of all new textbooks ordered for fall 2008 cost $30 or less. Eighty percent of all texts were less than $80.
But some study areas distinguished themselves with high percentages of pricey texts.
By far, finance textbooks were the most expensive with 71 percent costing $130 and up. The median cost of a finance book was more than $140.
Accounting and economics were the second and third most expensive disciplines respectively. Both had 63 percent of texts priced at more than $130.
In addition to finance and accounting, SF State’s College of Business held two more entries in the top 10 most expensive textbooks: decision sciences and marketing.
Almost 80 percent of engineering books were more than $80.
Chemistry, math and physics all had a median textbook price of about $100 – each with over 60 percent at $80 or more.
If you’re looking for educational bargains, head to the humanities section where 97 percent of the texts are under $30 and the median book price is $14.
Data provided by the SFSU Bookstore on new textbook prices for the fall 2008 semester. Only disciplines with more than 10 unique book titles were included for analysis.
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