A survey conducted by Book Industry Study Group fond that during the Spring 2013 semester, 34 percent of college students in the United States illegally downloaded course materials from unauthorized websites. In 2010, the percentage of textbook piracy 20 percent.
In addition to unauthorized downloads, 31 percent of students in the survey stated that they photocopied or scanned chapters from other student textbooks. The rate of unauthorized copying in 2010 was 21 percent.
According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, the costs of textbooks has been rising by 6 percent each year.
Source: David Schick and Mary Beth Marklein, “College students say no to costly textbooks,” USA Today, August 20, 2013.