Students face uphill battle against textbook costs Christina Stoddard November 7, 2007 Fairfield English professor Ruth Anne Baumgartner can remember paying $100 for all of her textbooks back in college. Today, students pay that much, sometimes more, for only one book. "It is not proportional at all," said Baumgartner. "It is shocking. We have created an out-of-control monster.