Classes 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:
- Internet Public Library
- Google Scholar
- Online Mathematics Textbooks
- Project Gutenburg
- Wikibooks OpenSource Textbooks
Any other websites you recommend should get added to this list?
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