Where to Buy Cheap College Textbooks – 29 Nifty Websites

readingClasses are starting up for me this week, so that means I need to start ordering my textbooks.

Buying textbooks is always a pain because of the inflated costs involved.

Last semester, I had to buy a 150-page textbook written by my professor that cost $97 used. And I’m sure that cost doesn’t surprise you.

Textbook prices are out of control – especially after reading on Digg.com that textbook prices have risen almost 186% since 1986.

However, there are plenty of places online to buy textbooks on the cheap.

Here are 29 places to buy cheap textbooks:

Free shipping and a way to shop 13,500 online booksellers at once.

Addall.com compares textbook prices across the web. It provides you with all the fine details – like taxes and shipping involved for each store.

Find discounted textbooks and novels.

Alibris will connect you to independent booksellers across the United States. You can find some great deals here.

Compare prices across hundreds of bookstores affiliated with Allbookstores.com – which looks a bit like Amazon.com.

I’ve bought and sold my textbooks through Amazon.com many times. You can get connected to some independent sellers who offer great rates on used textbooks.

Fund literacy, care for the environment, and save money on textbooks with BetterWorld.com. They even offer free shipping. Check out their prices.

This website is a book search engine that aggregates prices of textbooks across the web.

Another website that allows you to buy and sell used textbooks.

Cross your fingers and pray that you can find a discounted textbook here. You can find some amazing deals.

Lifehacker.com recommends this book search engine to find cheap textbooks.

A site similar to half.com – which allows you to buy discounted textbooks and novels.

Buy and sell used textbooks

CampusBooks.com claims to save students 58% on average on textbooks. Prices include tax, shipping and coupons.

Another bookstore search engine to find cheap books.

This search engine compares textbook prices on over 200 online bookstores.

This nifty website allows you to buy, sell, or swap used textbooks.

A cool spot to get price comparisons on your textbooks at different websites.

Chegg.com allows students to rent college textbooks – instead of paying the high cost of buying them at your campus bookstore.

This websites compares textbook prices across a bunch of popular online stores like Ebay.com, Half.com, and Amazon.com.

You might be surprised to find your textbooks on sale at Ebay.

eCampus.com provides a place to buy and sell discounted textbooks. You’ve probably seen their ads in your campus newspaper.

I’ve never used this service, but they offer free textbooks in return for completed surveys. These textbooks have ads in them – which help pay the cost. Leave a comment if this service is legit or not.

I’ve found some great discounted textbooks here.

This is a typical buy & sell used textbook website.

Save the environment and your money by purchasing only the book chapters you need to read as an eBook.

A website that’s beginning to archive links to free textbooks across the web. A very cool project!

You may have heard of TextBookX.com because they have a handy Facebook app that allows students to buy and sell directly through your profile. I’ve never used this service, but leave a comment if you have. I’m curious if it worked for you.

ValoreBooks.com promises cheap textbooks for students.

And don’t forget about these free online textbook resources:

Any other websites you recommend should get added to this list?

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19 Responses to “Where to Buy Cheap College Textbooks – 29 Nifty Websites”

  1. Have u try the online bookstore Cocomartini


    I get all my textbooks for this semester from this bookstore. All are brand new and 60%off discount from normal price. See if any help.

    hehe ^_^

  2. How about http://www.coursesmart.com?
    Buy access to most popular textbooks at a fraction of new or used prices.

  3. john Svensson Says:

    I have used a number of these. Amazon, Abebooks, half, etc, but then I started using the textbook price comparision site http://www.CampusBooks4Less.com , which is also listed above and I love it! It compares prices on textbooks from a ton of online bookstores and tells you who has the cheapest prices. I haven’t figured out how much I’ve saved this semester, but fall semester I saved $110 on 4 textbooks! Can’t complain about that!

  4. Hey, here is another site for your list. I think its pretty new, I just found it this year. Its http://www.college-etrade.com and you make an account under your college for free and you can either buy, sell, or trade with others around the your campus. The best part is you don’t have to pay for shipping, since it is at your school. I recommend everyone to at least check it out!

  5. I really like BIGWORDS.com for finding my textbooks! The site is quick & easy and they ALWAYS find the best deals! 😀

  6. Thanks Jessica, I finally get 3 textbooks from Cocomartini.com

    Great. Save alot and all are Brand new.


  7. I can’t believe http://www.CheapestTextbooks.com is missing from this list. It’s where i always get a cheap textbook.

  8. You could also go to discount bookstores. There are usually located near the “official” bookstore.
    You can also find a student exchange website. For the University of Toronto, it’s tusbe.com for example.
    Or find students exchanging their books on craigslist or facebook market.

  9. Very good adivce, but you left out a very important cheap book resource, a textbook price comparison site known as we compare books. This site has helped me save hundreds of dollars on my textbooks

  10. Cheap textbook at http://www.whereismybook.com
    Get additional $5 off with coupon code MKTCODE

  11. I use http://www.helpineedbooks.com Its like a search engine for textbooks, it finds the cheapest textbooks for you and its free. I bought my textbooks through this site for this semester and saved like 190$ dollars.

  12. With the economy what it is I am glad I have been using computers and the internet for sometime. My daughter needed some textbooks that were so outragously priced I decided to search online to see what I could find. I found this site called “whereismybook dot com”, she said the price was the same as what she had seen for used books. We got her books and got a coupon for free shipping off the next order, (which will be in a couple of weeks) It came on a mass printed coupon so the code should work for anyone. Pass the information on to anyone who may be able to use this, we are all in this together. Coupon code: BGSHIP

  13. Hello. Great job. I did not expect to come across this on a Friday. This is a great story. Thanks!

  14. I use http://bookbear.org

    It’s local and free.

  15. You forgot about http://booklookr.com I go there for all my books I saved about $100 so far just today, highly recommend it for college textbooks!!

  16. I was just looking at my courses and found that the University of Toronto bookstore has a lot of discount textbooks. They’re even cheaper than on amazon.ca. Here’s the link for the discounted books, there’s even the course name next to them. http://www.uoftbookstore.com/online/discount_textbooks.ihtml#AER




  18. If the text books are really important to your class, then you should provide one for yourself. But if the text books are just for reference in your study, then go to the alternative way. The Internet is your friend.

  19. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?