- Buy used. Even the college bookstore has used texts from the last semester’s or the last year’s students. That’s not the only place to shop used; try Craigslist.org and Amazon.com, too.
- Use library copies. Most of the required texts for a class are in the campus library or on reserve.
- Share with others students. Sharing might even provide the basis of a study group that can help students learn and comprehend the materials.
- Think about reselling the texts you have used to recoup monies for next semester’s texts. Just be careful in handling your text. You get more money for unmarked texts in good shape.
- Check with the publishers of your textbooks. Often publishers have used books or books in paperback. Go to their websites.
- There are some on-line free book sites, especially if you are looking for books for literature classes, or could use e-book versions of texts. Coursesmart.com, for example, offers 7,00 titles at about 50% of the cost of text at the college book store. If you are new to eTextbooks, you can try it FREE at CourseSmart.com!
- Buy early. If you know which courses you are taking the next semester and check with your professors to make sure they will use a certain text, you can get better buys in the months before the usual crunch. So, if you buy before August for fall class and in December before spring classes, you can get deals, especially on-line.
- Always check out well-known on-line book sellers. They provide safe and wide-ranging services. PhatCampus.com specializes in low-priced texts,eCampus.com has both texts and trade books, as well as used texts, and Bookbyte.com – serving students with discounted textbooks nationwide.. And to save you even more money than hard back texts, consider buying e-texts.
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