College Book Store to go Bookless

Caltech, needing to severely trim its 2010 budget, has decided to merge the Caltech Bookstore with the popular c-store.  They will sell merchandise and food, and some published Caltech authors, but other than that, not a book is to be seen.

Students will now have to acquire their textbooks online.  Right now, plans are being made to create an easy-to-use interface to make things easier on students and staff alike when it comes time to buy books.

Out of all the ways to cut spending – they choose to eliminate books.  Even TEXTBOOKS!  And this is a college?  True books seem overpriced and you can never get half of what you spend back off of those books, but some students need a bricks and mortar bookstore.

Check out the article and the responses this decision has made, here: [http://www.nacs.org/news/041709-caltech.asp?id=cm]

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One thought on “College Book Store to go Bookless

  1. i haven’t read the article yet, but…after contemplating it for a second, i realized that i don’t think that would be that bad, really. instead of being forced to mob the bookstore the day before classes start, you could purchase your books at any time on the internet. instead of accidentally buying the wrong book because the bookstore stocked the wrong one, you’d probably have a better chance of getting the correct text. instead of worrying about whether or not the bookstore will have the books in stock, you could just order them. actually sounds like a good deal to me, when i think about it….except when you’re buying used books, because you wouldn’t be able to see just how insanely bad of a shape they’re in ‘fore you buy.

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