A lot of school supplies, including textbooks, are on sale online for a fraction of the cost, according to a new report.
The report by the Education Technology Association found that while textbook prices have fallen more than 60 percent since 2000, textbooks still sell for as much as $40 per page.
But if the prices of textbooks drop by 50 percent, that’s $600 in savings for students and teachers, the report found.
The study, which examined more than 5,000 textbook titles published since 2000 by more than 50 publishers, found that textbooks cost $19.49 for a hardcover, $22.99 for a paperback, and $27.99 a Kindle.
The cheapest textbooks cost an average of $9.59 per page, or $2.28 per copy.
But the report estimated that those prices can fall as low as $7.95 per copy if prices fall 50 percent or more, which they have fallen nearly 80 percent since 2008.
The average price of a textbook is still higher than the price of many electronics products, including televisions and computers.
But if the price drops 50 percent and falls below $10 per copy, the average textbook price drops by almost half, from $8.98 to $4.90.
And even with textbook prices falling, some students will still spend more money buying textbooks online.
The average cost of a student’s first textbook was $8,600 last year, the Education Tech Association report found, with students spending more than $1,200 for a textbook in 2014.
The study also found that the average price for textbooks for students with disabilities was $6,500 last year.
But the report suggested that online prices are not the only way to save money.
It said that students could purchase a variety of textbooks online, and they could use the sites to research and shop for books.
The ETA study found that a number of textbooks offered online have different pricing for different students.
For example, some online textbooks have lower prices for students who have certain disabilities, while others have higher prices for those who do not.
The Education Technology Board of Directors, a nonprofit education policy organization, has called for more research on the effectiveness of online textbook pricing.