Most Expensive College Textbooks

atkins-bookshelf-booksIt is not enough that college tuition is spiraling upwards, far outside the reach of middle-class Americans — parents now have to fork over an average of $1,168 per year for expensive college textbooks. Consider that in the past three decades, college tuition has increased 559%; however, that pales in comparison to the increase in cost of textbooks in that same period: a whopping 812%! So why exactly are college textbooks so expensive? There are three key reasons: first is the high cost of creating the book (writing, research, marketing, design, digital production, and printing). Second, is that these costs are spread over a small print run (compared to most assigned books where production costs are spread over millions of books). And third, publishers release new editions every 3 to 4 years in order to steadily raise prices. In general 20% of the textbook’s cost goes to the college bookstore, while 80% goes to the publisher. Below is a list of the most expensive college textbooks according to CBS MoneyWatch, and mind you, these are 2010 prices:

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

Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications: $1,215

Management Science An Anthology: $850

History of Early Film: $740

Biostatistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology: $665

Companion Encyclopedia of Psychology: $600

Feminism and Politics: $600

Concepts and Design of Chemical Reactors: $593

Advanced Semiconductor and Organic Nano-Techniques: $570

Ethics in Business and Economics: $550

Environment in the New Global Economy: $510

Solid State Chemistry and Its Applications: $500

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