Statistically Speaking

It’s the first week of school, which means a long and costly trip to the University Center Bookstore or the post office to pick up textbooks. Here are some statistics to put your purchases into perspective:

$700–1,100: The average amount students spend on textbooks per year.

11.7%: Percentage of a textbook’s profit that goes back to the author.

2–7 lbs.: The weight of the average hardcover textbook.

10–15%: Suggested percentage of one’s body weight that a student’s backpack should equal.

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