Students, teachers find ways around costly text books

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — College students and their professors are now fighting the same battle against the high cost of textbooks. During the last 10 years, the cost to buy books for specific classes has increased by 82 percent.

Students are stuck paying the big bucks because publishers can charge what they want. But students are finding ways around the high costs by going online.

Students are downloading course material from the internet and one-third are also sharing books in one way or another with their classmates.

One in four freshmen and one in three seniors are not buying books the old-fashioned way.

And professors are also online choosing cheaper alternate course materials.

The digital market has made it easier for students to shop and compare and keep the prices they pay to learn down.

The next battle has to do with old textbooks and recouping costs.

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