Students for Publisher Competition The Great book price problem

For far too long students who are already burdened by massive tuition fees have had to deal with obscene book prices enforced by state endorsed monopolies. The problem of how to both find a credible and financially moral publisher has proven far too challenging for our educators, as we have seen in the immoral prices of books every year.

So it is now in our hands to fix this broken system.

Great students deserve great books at great prices.

You may ask: "How will we accomplish standardization and competition? If students can buy any book for a course would it not make a teacher's job harder as each book would be different?"

Your concern is valid and we at Students for Publisher Competition have spent some time considering different systems whereby a marketplace of literature can occur while standardization is still held intact. The best method we have devised is a cooperative one between businesses, state governments, and students.

Cooperation is key.

The system will work in stages. First, the Federal Trade Commission will mandate that a State Board of Higher-Ed Publishing be established in each state. Then publishers will have to cover topics standardized by the board in regards to each class to apply to the marketplace. This market will allow multiple book listings for each class, this way the publishers will compete for consumer's money causing a substantial drop in prices and an increase in quality.

Financial Implications

Perhaps you think this will make publishers upset as they lose their death grip on a market they once did not have to compete for, and perhaps it will. Although, there is a larger portion of publishers who have been locked out of this publishing market who will be delighted at this new opportunity and will happily compete at much lower than normal prices. The significant aspect of the application process is that any publisher that can afford the application fee can apply to be added to the marketplace. If they are new to higher-ed publishing, the board will work with them to standardize their works.

No cost to the state.

Fears that this new system will be another burden on state budgets can be dismissed because an application fee will be set annually by All State Boards of Higher-Ed Publishing. So the publishers will cover the costs of the board at no cost to the respective state.

Created By
Jason Ivey


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