According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for college textbooks are 20.48% higher in 2023 versus 2013 (a $4.10 difference in value).
Between 2013 and 2023: College textbooks experienced an average inflation rate of 1.88% per year. In other words, college textbooks costing $20 in the year 2013 would cost $24.10 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.68% during this same period, inflation for college textbooks was lower.
In the year 2013: Pricing changed by 6.36%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for college textbooks during the 2013-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2013 (1.46%), inflation for college textbooks was much higher.
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for College textbooks, over time, for $20 beginning in 2013. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for College textbooks: