Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Professors' Tardy Text Lists Hit Students in Pocketbook; Bookstores Won't Buy Used Books Unless They Will Be Used Again

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Professors' Tardy Text Lists Hit Students in Pocketbook; Bookstores Won't Buy Used Books Unless They Will Be Used Again

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Byline: REBECCA K. QUIGLEY

ATHENS, Ga. - About half of University of Georgia professors are tardy in giving bookstores their lists of required textbooks for the following semester, a delay that students say keeps them from unloading their used, but expensive, textbooks for a decent price.

Bookstores won't buy books back - or pay as much, anyway - unless they know professors will require students to use those titles during the next semester.

Staff at the bookstore, run by the Follett Higher Education Group, e-mailed professors this year, asking that they submit book lists by Oct. 15 for the spring semester.

The spring and fall ordering deadlines aren't hard and fast, but they give bookstore staff time to research where books are available and find used copies, not only from students but from other sources around the country, said bookstore manager Jeremy Johnson.

But professors tend to wait until the deadline, and often far past it, to submit their book lists.

The bookstore receives about half the book lists around the deadline date and other half between deadline and first day of classes for the following semester, Johnson said.

"Sometimes there are circumstances that are hard to avoid," he said, in defense of some late requests.

Instructors may have been assigned to a course at the last minute, returned from abroad at the end of the current semester or, because of the up-to-the-minute changes in the field, may research course materials right up to the first day of class, Johnson said.

But bookstore managers are less willing to pay top dollar for a book if there's a risk it won't be required next semester. …

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