This month, the Department of Justice brought an antitrust lawsuit against Apple along with many book publishers, alleging price fixing in order to combat Amazon’s successful strategy of dramatically reducing e-book prices.
Though few students have caught on, they no longer need to lug around heavy backpacks filled with textbooks. Electronic textbooks (e-books) are now available for a number of classes. Despite a 30-50 percent savings in textbook cost, less than 1 percent of students are using this alternative textbook.
Textbooks have just made the transition into the 21st century, as more and more are jumping online to become e-books. Now, the Danforth Campus Bookstore, managed by Follett Higher Education Group, is following the national trend by offering students this up-and-coming textbook option.