Jessica Guan

Hi, my name is Jessica Guan and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park. I intend on majoring in Public Relations and hoping to work for the fashion industry when I grow up. I love spending time with my family and my dog on my free time. I also love keeping up with all the new trends in the fashion world.


So, why am I advocating for an end to stop expensive textbooks? 

Because after three long years of college, I believe buying all the “required” textbooks are useless. Mainly because, from my years of experiences, my professor goes through everything the textbook says in class. Instead of wasting hundreds on textbooks, I believe the  money could go towards something more beneficial like a club you would like to join but is too expensive or an event you would like to attend. So, hopefully, after this blog, it will open up your eyes and see things the way I do.


Sesia Cruz

Hi my name is Sesia Cruz. I’m a junior at the University of Maryland, majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice. My hobbies include reading books and spending time with my family. I plan of going to law school after undergrad and practice Business and Immigration Law.


Why did I join this blog??

As a first generation college student, money is pretty tight. I know that everyone can agree with that and college textbooks being so expensive is no help! There has to be stronger regulations imposed on colleges selling textbooks at prices that are absurd. During my three years at UMD, I’ve seen most college professors have textbooks listed as required and never use them. Why have students waste money on unused textbooks? Also, most professors now post readings and class materials online, therefore there should be a decrease on textbook prices. Hopefully this blog can help open up your mind to the truth behind expensive textbooks!



Hi! I’m a Senior at the University of Maryland majoring in Communication. I can’t wait to see what is in store for me post graduation! I have lived in Maryland my entire life and I love it, but I am ready to get out and explore. I couldn’t survive without coffee, laughter, and the beach.


So why am I advocating for an end to expensive textbooks? Because after 8 semesters, I’m sick of paying for them! Majority of the textbooks that are “required” for class are only opened once or twice throughout the entire semester and it just isn’t right. As students, we already pay an arm and a leg for tuition so it would be nice to be able to save some money on textbooks. Join our cause and support an end to overpriced textbooks!!


Meet Our Detectives – Brittany

Hey Everyone!  I am an English Education Major at the University of Maryland, College Park. I have been a Marylander my entire life and I take pride in my state. However, I also love to traveling to different cities!!!

My strongest brittanypassion is helping children and adolescents.  I’ve been working with young people for the last 6 years as a Youth Leader at Dominion International.

So why am I advocating for an end to expensive textbooks? I believe that there needs to be more regulation on the accessibility of academic material. I believe that education should be available for all. As a college student , I have watched all my hard earned summer cash from minimum wage jobs get spent to pay for TEXTBOOKS. The worst thing is that sometimes I never even use the textbook. What a waste of money!!!  What’s even more demeaning is when I go to sell the hundred dollar textbook and get pennies. Students need to stop being cheated and that’s why I have joined this cause!

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Our Mission

Welcome to Textbook Busters!

After shelving out tens of thousands of dollars for the semester, many college students are forced to scramble under the couch for monies to pay for textbooks. Often textbooks are expensive and sometimes are of very little use. Something must be done about this.

We are four college students  promoting an end to outrageous textbook costs. During the next few weeks we will be providing you with information about this topic. We will discuss things like:


  •  Ethics Behind Textbook Development
  • Online Textbooks: The New Phenomena
  • Sales Yields on Textbooks
  • What Measures We Can Take to Lower Textbook Costs

You will hear our stories and we want to hear yours as well. We want to hear your voice so feel free to comment and interact with us.

– The Textbook Busters