'Required reading': As textbook prices soar, students try to cope

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By: 
Martha C. White NBC News contributor
Hitting the books can be a serious hit in the wallet these days. Already grappling with skyrocketing tuition and fees, college students also must contend with triple-digit inflation on the price of textbooks. With the average student shelling out $1,200 a year just on books, students, professors and policy groups are searching for ways to circumvent the high cost of traditional textbooks.