Letters to the Editor

Students held hostage to books

If there were ever a case of an industry holding its clientele hostage, the textbook industry is it. I am hard-pressed to believe that printing costs justify $200 prices.

"Big bucks for books" (Aug. 6,Page B-1) is about students who cannot make ends meet going into debt to buy textbooks, and campus officials not doing anything about it.

I would like to see the industry investigated, followed by some restrictions on how much profit is "enough." Barring that, meet the highway robbery head-on: Let students use the Internet and copying equipment to share materials.

MARY MENZ

Modesto

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