Textbook pirating is the new trend on college campuses

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HOUSTON, Tx. -- Plan on going to college? Paying for tuition is hard enough, but then figure in the cost of books.

"When books are $50 to $100 and you have multiple classes where you're expected to buy multiple books, it becomes really difficult to actually afford all of them." according to UH student Tess McElvaney.

So, students now find creative alternatives to the old campus book store.

"I usually rent and go for the used copies of the books." said McElvaney.

Another student Said Zanati added, "First of all, I try to see if I can find the online version of the book, and then if I can't, I will possiby download it from the internet illegally."

That's the new trend on college campuses, and the $7 billion a year textbook industry is being turned upside down, as students photocopy or scan books from fellow students.

"I am left without a choice when I have to purchase the access codes just to submit homework, $80." added Zanati.

Times sure have changed. College students have gone from pirating music on Napster to pirating books to pass their classes. Good luck with that.