Research by Amazon.co.uk shows that British students spend their book money on beer and kebabs. 43% of the money set aside for buying textbooks is used “to fund drinking sessions and other extra curricular activities”, according to the article.
Of course, at least I can take some glee in the knowledge that London students come bottom, but then with a night out costing so much down there it’s less surprising.
I can’t remember hiw much money I set aside for books this year but today I spent £65.98 on three books. I may need to get more if need be but I’ll stick to these three unless I absolutely have to.
Probably the most interesting bit of the article is this:
Of those who took part in the poll, just 9% disagreed with the suggestion that the cost of textbooks should be subsidised by the government.
When you consider how big the latest Harry Potter is and how cheap it is, you wonder why you have pay £40 for a 400-page textbook on TCP/IP. Either the government needs to get arsy at publishers over their ridiculously high charges, or offer students complementary book tokens, or something. Oh yeah, and they can ditch their ideas about top-up fees while they’re at it…