Saw this on Slashdot, on the best source of news on the web.
Apparently a PDF of this book entitled, "Rip-off 101: How The Current Practices Of The Textbook Industry Drive Up The Cost Of Collge Textbooks" is available here.
All I gotta say is, DUH!
Here's a statistic from the website:
"Students will spend an average of $898 per year on textbooks in 2003-04, based on surveys of University of California (UC) students in the fall of 2003. This represents almost 20 percent of the average tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year colleges nationwide. In contrast, a 1997 UC survey found that students spent an average of $642 on textbooks in 1996-97."
And here's a no-brainer:
"Eighty-six (86) percent of students are considering buying and selling used textbooks through an online bookswap; 14 percent reported already using online bookswaps."
That's what I did, and saved 50%+.