What a perfect excuse.
When I saw that Amazon released a new textbook rental feature for Kindle, I saw it as an opportunity. Especially when they advertise it with, “Save up to 80 percent off the list price of the print textbook.”
Eighty percent? Whoa. That’s a big gap. In fact, I thought, that’s enough savings to buy a Kindle and still come out with my rented textbooks in the black. Right?
The Mashable.com article said Amazon has tens of thousands of textbooks to choose from. Also, if you rent it for the Kindle, you also get it on your mobile device and laptop computer. Not a bad combo. I decided to test my luck and see what kind of savings I could get.
Here’s what I found:
Out of the five classes (15 credit hours, average for college students) I am enrolled in for the fall at the University of Kentucky, I only needed five books.
Now that is unusual, but I take communication/journalism and political science classes, two fairly popular majors, so my chances of big savings should be high.
But out of the five books I needed, only one of them was available on Amazon.com for the Kindle. And that one book was not eligible for the textbook rental program.
My hopes and dreams of getting my hands on my own Kindle were shattered as quickly as they were shaped, but not everyone will have my luck.
For the first time in years, regents at OU and OSU have decided to forego raising tuition costs for the next school year.
The decision comes after years of hikes in tuition costs from school year to school year. The trend of raising tuition started when state legislators decided almost 10 years ago to give control over state-funded universities’ tuition prices to regents instead of handling it themselves.
Even though prices for OU and OSU have risen steadily in recent years, both schools pale in comparison to the prices of other schools in the Big XII. Prices at Oklahoma schools don’t compare to the likes of schools like Baylor, Colorado, and Missouri. Even as a Colorado native, I would pay almost the same amount for in-state tuition at CU as I do as an out-of-state student at OSU.
It’s nice to hear the regents are giving out-of-state students a break financially for once. Hopefully, Oklahoma public universities can start a new trend and not raise tuition costs again.
Be sure to check out the link below to newsok.com to see Ed Kelley’s original video.