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Students opting out of college textbooks

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More students are not buying textbooks in college, according to the results of a survey that were released Monday.

The consumer group ConnPIRG said 170 students in Connecticut participated in a nationwide survey that spoke with students from more than 150 universities.

Out of 2,039, 65 percent of students said that they had decided against buying textbooks because it was too expensive.

The survey also found that nearly all of the students who had foregone purchasing a textbook were concerned that doing so would hurt their grade in a course.

Roughly half of those surveyed said that the cost of the books impacted how many and which classes they took each semester.

In terms of performing significantly better in a class if the textbook was available online for free, 82 percent agreed.

One textbook alone could cost a student $200, with a whole year adding up to roughly $1,200, according to ConnPIRG.

Recently, publishers increased cost-saving options like electronic textbooks, rental programs and used book markets. However, the price of rented and used books is dictated by the price of the new ones.

ConnPIRG said the study demonstrates that despite recent steps forward in the marketplace, high textbook costs will continue to be a problem for students.

The group said it shows that students are ready for an alternative means, like open source textbooks. Open textbooks with an open copyright license that are made available online at little to no cost.

To read the full study called "Fixing the Broken Textbook Market," click here.

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