By Maria Gomez
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Faculty and students this week give their opinion about the prices of books at the Camden County College bookstore.
Many people believe they are paying too much for books at the CCC bookstore, which is causing more and more students to find their books at other places such as Amazon, other bookstores and even Craigslist. Many books cost more than $200 and some students say they simply cannot afford to pay that much.
“I hear many people complain about the textbook prices either over the phone or in person,” said Charles Nieves, an employee at the CCC bookstore.
But making textbooks is not cheap, said Amanda Howe, general manager of the CCC bookstore.
And many options are available to make it more affordable for students, such as selling the books back, renting and even eBooks. “Renting will save CCC students 50 percent off what they would pay to purchase a new book,” a CCC news release noted.
Nonetheless, students still stress over prices and search for alternatives. “The price range of my books on Amazon has varied from $20 cheaper to $50 cheaper,” said Nicole Coyle, a CCC student.
Coyle added sometimes she has purchased a book and the professor did not even use it for the class; therefore, not only did she spend $200 on a book for a prerequisite course she will never use for her major but then it sat on her desk all semester.
Publishers decide how much textbooks will sell for and Camden County College does not make a big profit from selling them. “If the textbook is used and functional, then it is worth buying it,” Howe said. “If it is going to sit unused, then it is not worth it.”