July 22, 2010 7:33 AM

New federal rules take aim at college textbook costs

Advocates say a new set of federal provisions, aimed at driving down the cost of college textbooks, should help students this fall. The protections, included in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, are an attempt to lessen student debt. Among the rules: Publishers must give professors detailed information about textbook prices, revision histories and a list of alternate formats and colleges have to include in-course schedules with required textbooks for each class, including the book's price and International Standard Book Number, an identifying tool.

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