The Daily Populous

Wednesday March 6th, 2019 evening edition

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Publishers claim that new technologies, like digital textbooks and Netflix-style subscription services, make textbooks more affordable for all.

But the price of textbooks has similarly skyrocketed over the past decade: Textbook costs increased 88 percent between 2006 and 2016, according to the BLS report.

Four major publishers — Pearson, Cengage, Wiley, and McGraw-Hill — control more than 80 percent of the market, according to a 2016 PIRG report.

Digital textbooks, especially those that come with access codes, have also contributed to rising costs.

Textbook publishers say they’re well aware of students’ difficulty affording books and are making strides toward affordability.

Vitez, the PIRGs affordability advocate, told me that inclusive access and textbook subscription services aren’t as generous as publishers might make them sound.

These books come loaded with vetted, preselected supplementary material and homework assignments that can be graded online. »

There's Only One Surviving Blockbuster Left on Planet Earth

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And starting on March 8, the various Blockbuster-branded swag will go on sale for collectors and sentimentalists.

Once the Walmart of the video rental industry, Blockbuster had 9,000 locations at the height of its domination.

I remember in the final days before Netflix took over the world, Blockbuster was the only rental place left around. »

Britain urged to reject ‘backward’ US food safety standards

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The US should join the back of a queue for a post-Brexit trade deal if it thinks its “woefully inadequate” and “backward” animal welfare and food safety standards will be accepted in Britain, the former farming minister George Eustice has said.

The issue is a contentious one within the UK government as Michael Gove, the environment secretary, has insisted food and welfare standards will be maintained, but Liam Fox, the trade secretary, has defended the safety of chlorine-washed chicken.

Food fight: doubts grow over post-Brexit standards

Whole Foods cuts workers' hours after Amazon introduces minimum wage

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“My hours went from 30 to 20 a week,” said one Whole Foods employee in Illinois.

The Illinois-based worker explained that once the $15 minimum wage was enacted, part-time employee hours at their store were cut from an average of 30 to 21 hours a week, and full-time employees saw average hours reduced from 37.5 hours to 34.5 hours.

The labor budget and schedule cuts at Whole Foods in the wake of the minimum wage increase appear to be similar to changes Amazon made after it raised the pay of warehouse workers to a minimum wage of $15 an hour. »