UNM brainstorms ways to make textbooks more affordable

University of New Mexico UNM

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – As the cost of college textbooks rise every year, the University of New Mexico is working to make them more affordable for students.

UNM Associate Provost Greg Heileman says that while digital books and textbook buybacks keep costs down, he’s working with the UNM bookstore and faculty members to lower prices even more.

Heileman has experienced the high costs first hand.

“My son was in this calculus class and he got caught in this change where they asked him to purchase a new one and he had already purchased the old one and I looked at the difference between the two and it was cosmetic for the most part,” said Heileman.

One idea for UNM is to partner with vendors like amazon where students can get textbooks at cheaper prices.

Another idea is to contract with a specific publisher for all books and negotiate a better deal.

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