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Tax on Interstate Textbooks?

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ATTENTION out-of-state students: don’t take that rental copy of “The Art of Public Speaking” home with you. Textbooks rented through Amazon’s “Warehouse Deals” are not to be carried over state lines. Renters will be charged the purchase price of any textbook that goes interstate, according to Amazon’s Textbook Rental Terms and Conditions.

The company declined to explain itself to Inside Higher Education, the industry journal that discovered the fine print. Nor to us. So we asked for insight from Robert Chestnut, senior vice president and general counsel of Chegg.com, which rents textbooks and dispenses online study help.

Read the full article written by Jane Karr / New York Times

Colleges That Give You “The Best Bang for the Buck”



The college is Queens College, a part of the City University of New York with an annual tuition of $5,730, and a view of the Long Island Expressway.       

Catering to working-class students, more than half of whom were born in other countries, Queens does not typically find itself at the top of national rankings. Then again, this was not a typical ranking. It was a list of colleges that offer the “best bang for the buck.”   

Queens College ranked second in a list, compiled by Washington Monthly, of colleges that offered the “best bang for the buck."

Photo: Michael Nagle for The New York Times


Purists might regard such bottom-line calculations as an insult to the intellectual, social and civic value of education. But dollars-and-cents tabulations like that one (which was compiled by Washington Monthly), are the fastest-growing sector of the college rankings industry, with ever more analyses vying for the attention of high school students and their parents who are anxious about finances.

Read the full article written by Ariel Kaminer / New York Times