67% of college students say they've had to buy a book written by their professor, and some are fed up with lining their prof's pockets

Posted On: Oct 18, 2019   |   Posted By: Business Insider

67% of college students say they've had to buy a book written by their professor, and some are fed up with lining their prof's pockets

A new poll conducted by Insider and Barnes and Noble College Insights asked undergraduate college students whether or not they had taken a course where their professor had assigned their own book as required reading. 67% said they had.
While most students have experienced this, the question of whether or not professors should be able to assign their own books has been hotly debated for years.
Those against assigning the material worry professors may try to profit off of their students.
Other critics fear a professor may privilege their own book over another better book because they are biased.
Insider spoke to college students to see what they thought and explored some of the rules colleges have codified to prevent professors from abusing their power.
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For most college students, purchasing textbooks represents one of the most annoying -and expensive - aspects of starting class. But what happens when the person assigning the book is also the author? A majority of college...

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