If you think textbooks cost more than they should, then welcome to the club. So do we. Fortunately our sister-company, ValoreBooks, helps you buy or rent the books you need at prices you can actually afford. We compare millions of books from thousands of sellers, meaning you save up to 90% off everything! But did you know there are reasons textbooks actually should be expensive, at least from an economic perspective? Check it out:
- Textbooks have smaller markets. Textbooks are inherently specialized and therefore not meant for general circulation. Yet production costs like paying authors, designing the book, printing it, distributing it, and so on, remain almost constant. It’s a lesson in mass production: the more you make, the cheaper the per-unit cost becomes. Unfortunately this is bad news for textbooks, which have small audiences and therefore small print runs. That means each individual book needs to cost more.
- Printing textbooks costs more than printing a novel. Does your textbook have lots of graphics, colors, charts, photographs, or laminated pages? The cost per printed page drastically increases if so.
- Textbook publishers view the used book market as lost revenue. When you buy or sell a used textbook, the publisher doesn’t make any money. You or a reseller does. To adjust for this, publishers increase the initial cost of that book-almost making up for lost future sales.
The lesson here? Compare books before you buy them. Find a price you can afford. Buy used instead of new. Or rent if you don’t need to keep the book. Do it with ValoreBooks and you could even save up to $500 a year on your textbook spending!
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