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Buying textbooks is something every student goes through in their school career. An average textbook costs about $100 and each year you will be spending nearly $1000 on books. The objective of today’s article is to show you how you can cut your textbook costs considerably by taking some simple steps. I will discuss this in two parts. In part one, I will show you what you can do to save money on textbooks. In part two, I will mention some websites that can save you money.
Save Money On Textbooks – Part 1
Borrow From Someone Else
Find someone who already completed the course and borrow their book. One thing you need to be aware of – make sure your borrowed book still applies to the course. Publishers often change editions so old books no longer do the job. That’s how they make money.
Buying used books is a great idea to save money but you need to find someone who is selling what you are looking to buy. You can check your school notice boards, newspaper ads, and online ads to find used books. I will be giving you some sites to find used books online in part two.
Photo Copy Those Pages You Need
Get a book from someone and copy those pages you need. Before doing this, make sure it does not violate any legal terms and conditions.
Trade books with someone who has the books you need. This is simply giving someone the books he needs and taking from him/her the books you need.
Don’t forget to sell your books once you are done with them. Your friends will likely want to buy from you if you give them a good price.
Avoid Campus Bookstore
Avoid campus bookstore unless they have books on sale. Usually items are always overpriced at campus bookstores.
Take courses with your friends, divide the book’s cost by how many of you are taking the course and each contributes to buy the required textbook. Make agreements beforehand stating how long each of you should keep the book during the term. During the exam, do group studies so all of you can use the book. Once you complete your term, sell the book and divide the money equally.
Use the Library
It may not be always possible to obtain a copy from the library; however, make sure to check the library before buying. The library has limits on how long you can keep a book. Taking a course with friends helps to keep books within your circle – another advantage of registering for courses with friends. Also, if your library has the book on reserve, you can go there and read it.
You can buy and sell used books on your campus website. Since you will be dealing with other students, you will find good bargains and hard-to-find books because both buyers and sellers are dealing with the same institutions.
Save Money On Textbooks – Part 2
Websites That Save You Money On Textbooks
Here is a list of websites that will save you money. Keep this list handy by saving this page on your favourite online bookmark.
Buy Textbooks Online
Check these sites to buy online. Always compare many sites before buying. You will find great bargains if you spend a little time researching different sites.
Amazon.com – The biggest online retailer. Remember, Amazon also displays items from other merchants. Usually these items are a lot cheaper than Amazon’s own. So don’t place your order after checking Amazon’s own listings only.
CollegeBooksDirect.com – You may be able to find books for less than Amazon
TextbooksNow.com – You may be able to find books for less than Amazon
Comparison Online Sites
BigWords.com – Pulls new and used books prices from sites. You can compare them on one screen.
CheapestTextBooks.com – specialized in academic books.
Half.com – eBay owns Half.com. It is possible that you many find items here for less than Amazon.
BooksPrice.com – Easy to use price comparison site.
CampusBooks.com – Buy, sell, and compare textbooks.
ValoreBooks.com – Student’s textbook marketplace.
AbeBooks.com – Find old, new, rare, and out of print books
Alibris.com – Find old, new, rare, out of print, and international version books
BestBookBuys.com – Compare new and used books. International versions can be 80% to 90% cheaper than U.S. versions.
BuyUsedTextbooks.com – Specialized in academic books.
CampusBookSwap.com – Buy and sell used books.
Pdxbooks.com – compare, buy, and sell textbooks.
TextBookX.com – Buy and sell new and used books. Also, you can buy and sell through your Facebook profile.
Rent Textbooks Online
It is possible to rent books these days. You will be paying one third or less than book’s original price for a semester
BookRenter.com – Five convenient rental periods and free return shipping.
CampusBookRentals.com – Rent your textbooks.
Chegg.com – Rent a book and Chegg will plant a tree.
Legally Download Textbooks Online –
FreeloadPress.com – Download your textbook free.
Project Gutenberg – Download free eBooks and audio books. This site was made by volunteers. They gathered materials from the public domain and put together on this site.
Textbookrevolution.org – Get your free books from a site run by students.
These sites offer to share, subscribe, and print (some limitations apply) electronic textbooks or eTextbooks online.
CafeScribe.com – Share, subscribe, and search notes and textbooks. You need to have MyScribe reader and it’s free.
CourseSmart.com – You can save up to 50%. Buy and access eTextbook instantly.
iChapters.com – You can buy single chapters or audio books. Site offers free shipping.
Springer.com – Specialized in scientific, technological and medical books, journals, and reference works.
CollegeswapShop.com – Buy and sell directly to students. Site gives you the capability to search and find someone at your school of choice. You can also search for roommates, housing, music, furniture etc.
The Internet Public Library – Not only students but anyone can take advantage of this huge Internet Library. I highly recommend it.
Open Course Ware Consortium – 200 educational institutions from around the world are sharing digital publication of educational materials. I highly recommend it.
ADJ has lots of money saving articles. These articles are primarily located under Personal Finance or Smart Tips categories. Reading and applying these articles will save you money. Also, I’ll be writing more on this topic in the future, so keep checking back. Don’t forget to bookmark this site for later use.
Internet is opening the door to a new world of endless possibilities and opportunities. Students, educators, and anyone who wants to broaden knowledge can do so without spending bundles of money these days. Until recently, textbook publishers were able to charge ridiculous prices for textbooks because we did not have any options. However, those days are gone. Equipped with powerful information, it is possible to acquire knowledge these days without paying a fortune.