Think Your Textbooks are Expensive? Check These Out

January 18, 2012 Category: College News

College textbooks can be pretty pricey–there’s no doubt about that. But if your mind has been boggled by the $100 price tag one of your textbooks is at the campus bookstore, consider yourself lucky because there are plenty of titles required for certain courses that are considerably higher. Hard to believe? Check out the college textbooks below that have actually made the list of the most expensive textbooks ever:

Acta Philosophorum The First Journal of Philosophy: $1,450

Why on earth would a college textbook cost over $1,000? According to education experts, it mainly has to do with the subject, the extent of the research done to put the textbook together and if the number of copies available is limited. This particular book contains tons of information related to ancient philosophy, biographies of famous people like John Locke and Galileo, as well as charts, diagrams and also highlights the period of German Enlightenment. Originally published in 1715, this title has been revised, added to and revamped over the years.

Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications: $1,215

College students studying the field of Communications or International Media will want to pray this title doesn’t appear on their list of required textbooks for the term. As the name implies, this textbook title deals with the history of the media. Comprised of four volumes, containing 200+ articles ranging from printing during the medieval period to the invention of the Internet, students will learn everything they’ve ever wanted to know about this subject.

Management Science An Anthology: $850

Management Science majors, watch out! This anthology is made up of three volumes, provides all the information students seek in regards to topics like inventory control, area management science, maintenance theory and policy, allocation issues and operational research–but it comes at a high cost. Although it isn’t in the $1,000 range, it still is a hefty price to pay for one book.

History of Early Film: $740

Future Spielbergs and Scorseses of the world majoring in Cinema or Film Studies may come across this pricey title on their list of textbooks needed for the term. Who knew the history of early film could be so costly? Investing hundreds into this book introduces students to an in-depth look into the world of cinema and its beginnings. The three-volume collection focuses on the following subjects: the works of Olive Cook, the British Journal of Photography and articles on cinema from the mid-1800s. What perhaps also adds to the extraordinary price is the fact that the articles in this textbook are considered rare and one of a kind.

So what is a college student to do if they find themselves with any of these books on the required reading list for their courses? One way to avoid paying full price is to head to the library to see if you can check out a copy for free. The  next step would be to scour the Internet for digital versions you can access for free or at a heavily discounted price. It doesn’t hurt to post on student forums to see if anyone can point you in the right direction where you can find these titles at a cheaper price as well.

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