Current undergraduate or graduate students can share their most expensive textbook for a chance to win a $500 in VISA gift card.


October 15, 2019 — FlatWorld, a digital-first publisher of award-winning college learning materials that are both affordable and high quality, today launched the “Most Expensive Textbook Sweepstakes,” a sweepstakes to bring awareness to how expensive textbooks have become. One student will win the grand prize, a $500 VISA gift card, and five additional students will win the second place prize, a $100 VISA card. Sweepstakes runs through October 31, 2019 11:59pm. 

“At FlatWorld, we’re bringing textbook prices back down to earth. While our primary way of doing this is offering high-quality and affordable textbooks ourselves, we realize that many students are still forced to pay hundreds of dollars for a textbook from another publisher in order to participate in a class,” said Alastair Adam, co-CEO of FlatWorld. “Our ‘Most Expensive Textbook Contest’ is designed to shine a light on the incredible prices many students still pay for textbooks, while also giving students a chance to be reimbursed for their books.”   

To enter the competition, students must:

  1. Visit
  2. Take one minute to answer a few questions about the most expensive textbook they have purchased or have been assigned
  3. Additional entries are given by uploading a receipt or screenshot of the textbook price, tweeting @Flat_World using #SwitchYourBook, or through a custom refer-a-friend link

According to FlatWord’s 2019 survey of students’ textbook costs and purchasing habits, students spent an average of $396 per semester on their textbooks, and many expressed their displeasure about the high cost of learning materials. Further, 42% of respondents reported paying an average of $92 extra for access to homework, in addition to the cost of their textbooks.

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