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This page serves as a resource for media members, bloggers, and researchers to learn more about Direct Textbook and the entire textbook industry.


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About Direct Textbook
Prior Media Coverage and Press Releases
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College and Textbook Industry Facts and Figures
Additional Resources


About Direct Textbook


Direct Textbook does not sell textbooks. Rather, it is a textbook price comparison search engine that lets students search for the best textbook prices from the web's most popular and reputable online textbook sellers.


To learn more about what Direct Textbook is, read about us here.


Direct Textbook Prior Media Coverage and Press Releases


Links to selected news articles and press releases about Direct Textbook.


College Students are Overpaying Billions for Textbooks (Market Watch)
College Textbook Rental Programs Showing Growth (The City Wire)
"It pays to do your homework when shopping for textbooks" (Bloomberg Report)
10 Tips to Combat Skyrocketing Textbook Prices (PR Newswire)
Shop for New and Used Textbooks Online (The Kim Komando Show)
Slash textbook costs by up to 97% (CNN Money)
Will a stranger lend you $25,000? (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)
11 Ways to Save Big on College Textbooks (MoneyTalks)
Direct Textbook: College Textbook Price Comparison Service (Make Use Of)
Preparing for the College Drop-Off (Huffington Post)



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College and Textbook Industry Facts and Figures


  • The price of college textbooks has increased by 812 percent since 1978 - outpacing new home prices, medical services, and even college tuition (College Board)
  • The price of textbooks inflates at an average annual rate of 6.1 percent (FinAid)
  • The average four-year college student can expect to spend nearly $5,000 on textbooks total, or approximately $1,200 per year (College Board)
  • Finding the best prices can save students, on average, 45 percent on textbooks, slashing the total textbook spend during a four-year degree to under $2,250
  • The average student overspends by 20 to 70 percent on textbooks, or 45 percent on average
  • Where do campus bookstore textbook profits go? Approximately one-fifth of the cover prices go to sellers to cover operating expenses, while more than three-quarters go directly to publishers (U.S. News and World Report)
  • A "modest college budget" for attending an in-state public college averages $22,261 annually; private schools average $43,289. These estimated average budgets include tuition, fees, textbooks, housing, and transportation (College Board)
  • Total number of college students in the United States: 21 million
  • Total estimated textbook overpay by all collective college students (four years): $47 billion
  • Textbook rentals typically cost 30 to 50 percent of the textbook cover price
  • Used, past editions, and international editions represent three alternative textbook buying methods. Rentals and ebooks are two others. Ebooks, or digital textbooks, have no resale value and have not shown signs of replacing hardcopy textbooks to-date. The other four alternative textbook buying/renting methods have grown considerably

Additional Resources


College Board - Trends in College Pricing
Federal Student Aid
FinAid - Cutting the Costs of College Textbooks
Textbook Buying - What's Legal and What Isn't
10 Secrets for Saving Big on Textbooks
New to Ordering Textbooks Online? Avoid These Common Pitfalls


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