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Textbook Buying Advice for Students

Compare Textbook PricesBuying textbooks can be a daunting task for many new students, so here are some of my top tips and tricks to buying textbooks for college.

1. Don’t buy books unless you’re 100% certain that your class requires them. Take a few classes and suss everything out before you shell out money for textbooks you might not need.

2. Always check your campus library first. Some colleges demand that all required textbooks are put on on special reserve in the campus library. There is generally a 2 or 4 hour time limit on these books, but it is far better than nothing.

2.1. If you are desperate and have zero cash, use your digital camera to take photos of all the sections of the book that you will require. This might be a little time consuming, but it is surely better than splashing out the hundred dollars for a book that might on need once or twice.

3. You may also rent your textbooks for the semester. textbookrentalwebsites.net has a good list of many of the big names in this field.

4. Second hand textbooks. If you can find people that took the class last semester or last year that no longer want their textbooks, then feel free to snap them up. So long as the book isn’t too old, the information contained in it should be pretty much the same.

5. When scouting for the best prices for your textbooks, the first thing you should do is always check your local on campus store first to make note of the price before going on the web and searching for a better price for your books.

6. Finding the best price for your books online. There are many websites that you can use to search dozens of different textbook retailers at once. Chegg and or comparebookprices.org are two of my favorites and will save you plenty int he long run.

6.1 ALWAYS CHECK WHERE THE BOOK IS COMING FROM.Sometimes chegg will list books from India and China that are indeed cheaper, but will takes weeks if not months to get to you. Last week I ordered a book from comparebookprices, and the location wasn’t listed, so I simply sent an email checking where the book was coming from. Later that day I got an email back saying New York and within 4 days I was holding the book n my hands. 

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Saving money on College textbooks.

Saving money on College textbooks.

A tower of used booksFor so many people in America College and University is becoming more and more prohibitively expensive. The class and course fees are expensive enough, without even factoring in the hundreds of dollars that you will spend every term on your College textbooks and required reading materials.

Again I feel the need to reiterate that I don’t think secondary College education should necessarily be free, and that I understand writing a textbook is a massive undertaking requiring hundreds maybe Syear to try and wipe out the used textbook market is not necessarily the most ethical practice in the world. Especially when you consider that the newer versions of textbooks might not even contain any new information, and are just updated so that new students have to buy new textbooks every year. It is a rort.

save money at college booksSo what we have been doing is looking for the best way for any student in America to find the best price for their College textbook’s. What we have discovered it is quite remarkable. There is a flourishing and burgeoning textbook rental marketplace. Something that would never even have occurred to me before I knew that it existed is renting your textbooks for the semester. All you have to do is go to your choice of textbook rental website, type in the name or ISBN of the textbook that you want and within a week it will be sent to you, along with a prepaid package for you to send it back to them when you’re done with. It really is that easy, and can save you literally thousands of dollars of your College life span. Under, just be very careful not to spill coffee or Red Bull on it.

But the thought of renting textbooks doesn’t appeal to everyone especially for those classes related to your major field of study, many people want to keep their textbooks. The best way for these people to get cheap textbooks is to either buy used textbooks, or use a comparison agent online like this one to compare textbook prices from all the various online textbook retailers.

Search engine such as this one is a great way to easily and quickly search the web to find the best price for your required textbooks. Again, all you have to do is enter the ISBN or the name of the book that you’re after and the comparison agent will do all the work for you, simply showing you a list of the various major retailers along with the cheapest price next to it.

And then if you decide that you in fact don’t want to keep the book, there are always ways to sell secondhand or even use a comparing tool to compare text book buyback prices.

Your College textbooks are always going to be expensive, but now you don’t have to break the bank just to get them for the term.

Books

compare book prices old booksWhat do you know about Books,other than that they are fantastic. That wiki article is actually a great read on something that many of use take for granted, books. You might not realise it but without books, the world today would be a very different place. If Gutenberg hadn’t invented his press thing all those years ago,  reading would still be the sole realm of the rich and the wealthy.

The Internet has not quite been the end of the printed word like so many people have predicted, well not just yet anyway. I don’t know about the rest of you but I still prefer to read a book than a tablet or computer screen just for now. My childrens children might see differently, and will probably consider me to be somewhat of a luddite in that respect but for now, the printed book holds fast against the onslaught of the digital world.

Money Saving Tips

Money saving tips

save money at collegeHere is where we ask for your help readers. We want to know what little tips and tricks that you use to save money whilst at college. Where you get cheap books and stationary, where to get fed at the lowest possible price without resorting to a soup kitchen? What do you do and how do you do it? Let us know.

We had some highly entertaining responses sent to us via email when we asked this question over on our Facebook page which ranged all the way from “sell your body, go to college, drink to blot out the terrible memories, profit” to more serious and actually helpful answers like checking out groupon for local deals and savings. Apparently many students also like to keep a close eye on their local stores garbage bins for food that gets thrown away but isn’t spoiled. I don’t think I will be going that far in my endeavours to save money, but its nice to know a little bit about it, if it ever comes down to that.

How else do you save money? When shopping for books and textbooks, do you simply search online or do you trek around town in a bid for the cheapest books out there? Where do you get your stationary? Hell even car maintenance tips are welcome. Tell us what you think.

We are regularly finding that one of the biggest costs associated with college and university is the cost of annual textbooks. In that vein, we have collected a few images to take your minds off expensive things.

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