Changes in Technologies and Student Learning Drive College Textbook Prices, Concludes GAO Study

August 17, 2005

Washington, DC, August 16, 2005: The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today endorsed the conclusions of a GAO study on college textbooks that note textbook prices have been largely driven by publishers’ investments in additional instructional materials and new technologies. Those investments were made in response to faculty needs and to enhance student success. AAP did, however, express continuing concern that pricing analyses in the study do not provide a balanced picture of the actual costs to students, the range of materials available to students, or the added value those materials offer to faculty and students.

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