Charts and Graphs
Some people prefer to look at the data.
The cost of textbooks has risen 812% since 1978 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There are different ways to look at the data. The above chart is recreated by different organizations for a stunning visual effect.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics produced statistics and no graphs. The 812% increase is actually one of the more conservative estimate available.
This information ultimately comes from Amazon textbook sales ca. 2010
Another visual curtesy of Amazon textbook sales ca. 2010. The prices are no longer accurate; but you can see which subjects cost the most.