My college textbooks cost an arm and a leg this semester. I negotiated keeping my firstborn so kiddo’s safe. I understand folks need to make money, but c’mon people – $591 for six books, one of which is thinner than a Southern Living magazine! *grumble* They ARE books I will use in the future for reference so that makes it worth the expense, I reckon. That’s what keeps me from renting them – the fact that I will use them for reference once I’m working in the field. It’s just hard justifying paying the price for books when I’m trying to pay for other necessities throughout the semester, but at the end of it all I’ll have a ton of information crammed into my brain (hopefully organized in a coherent manner) and that’s what grad school is all about.