College textbooks are being sold online by U.S. universities, as well as in bookstores, through online retailers and through print editions.
The new, high-tech textbooks are more affordable than traditional textbook, making them popular with students.
But some students may be concerned that the prices are too high.CNNMoney reached out to several U.K. universities for their take on textbook pricing.
University of Reading spokeswoman Rachel Brown said they are considering pricing on a per-student basis, and that prices would depend on what students need.
“There are some very specific types of students who might need particular types of materials and what materials they need in particular situations,” Brown said.
“The universities do have a policy that all students can buy their books on campus for free and there are no fees.
But there are certain students who may need more expensive materials and we need to find out what those are.”
K.-based textbook retailer Pearson Education says it is taking steps to address student concerns.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to make the best-in-class textbook available to students across the UK, we have recently introduced a price cap that applies to all UK online retailers,” Pearson Education said in a statement.
“We believe this measure will ensure that students can access the best available books at the lowest possible price.”
It’s also possible that online sales could affect textbook sales, too.
“If you are buying a book on Amazon and you find that it’s not available on the same day that you want it, you may need to cancel the purchase and re-order,” Brown noted.
“Or if you are shopping at a library and you see that it is not available to borrow, you could want to reconsider the purchase.”
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