Faculty Advisor

Pollice, Gary F.


This report focuses on the recent changes in technology and the effects of these changes on the textbook prices and market, such as the mainstream adoption of computers and the Internet, the rapid rise of e-books and e-book readers and the growth of online retail. The report concludes the following: To maintain textbook prices at a reasonable level, students must research and utilize alternative sources of textbooks and professors must take price into consideration while choosing course required books. The electronic medium is an entirely new one with different possibilities that are still being discovered, and the book format does not make use of its strengths. Textbook publishing is tightly coupled with print media, and what is needed is a more general form of educational company.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science