For college textbooks, newer–and pricier–isn't always better

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At Cal State Stanislaus, computer science faculty maintain a small library of textbooks so students don't have to buy them.

Chico State history professor Susan Green invites former students to sell their used textbooks to new arrivals on the first day of class.

And when CSUN professor Lynn Gordon informed her elementary education class that she'd spent more than $500 out of her own pocket on textbooks to lend to every student, cheers erupted.

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