The United States is finally getting some relief from the cost of textbooks, but not all of it.
According to a new report from the advocacy group Free Press, the US government will soon begin to charge for textbooks, which would likely make the US the only major country that doesn’t have an online textbook subscription option.
Free Press says the United States would require students to purchase textbooks through a third-party website, and would then send a check to the student’s parents.
If the check exceeds the price the student pays for the textbooks, the government would then take the books and turn them over to the parent, who would then sell them for a profit.
The organization is concerned that this could lead to schools having to charge students higher prices to cover the cost.
“While the online textbook system may be cheaper than paying for physical textbooks, this means that some students will not have access to books and will be forced to pay more for those books, a risk that can result in students paying more for textbooks and potentially leaving schools with insufficient resources to provide students with the best educational experience possible,” Free Press President David A. Green said in a statement.
According to the organization, the policy would apply to schools that receive federal money, including public schools, private schools, and charter schools.
In addition to the federal government, some states have also introduced bills that would require online textbooks to be charged to students’ parents.
In Wisconsin, the state Assembly passed a bill this month that would charge for books that were purchased through a company like Amazon, or through a government-run library, if the books did not come from a private source.
In Minnesota, lawmakers are considering a bill that would also require online books to be delivered to parents.
In recent years, online textbooks have gained popularity in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan.
As online textbooks became more popular, some parents have expressed concerns that they are more expensive than physical books.
In September, the New York Times published a story claiming that a group of American students were forced to make hundreds of dollars in shipping costs after they were given the option to skip out on buying textbooks online.
The students, who requested anonymity, told the newspaper that they were left feeling like they were not getting the best education possible, even though their parents paid full price for the books.