So I’m attending University of Washington starting this Fall. Among many other problems, one is finding textbooks for courses at a reasonable price. Books for some courses may set you back by as high as $250 (per book). A little too high, isn’t it? On an average, textbooks for undergraduate study of four years can cost as much as $5000.
Unlike other personal expenditures, there’s no real way to cut expenses on books. If it’s needed, you have to get it. As with everything else, Internet can be real rescue to find college books for extremely low prices.
Below are 8 websites to find, buy, sell, trade or rent your textbook. Let me know in the comments which one you use.
Save up to 90% on used textbooks and up to 30% on new textbooks, then get up to 70% back when you sell textbooks back at Amazon.
At Chegg, students can rent textbooks, as well as buy both new and used textbooks. Chegg also lets you sell textbooks directly to them, and get paid top dollar for your books. In addition to textbook rentals and selling textbooks, Chegg now offers course reviews and grade distributions as well as homework help for all your courses.
B&N online sells both new and old books. You can also rent books and save as much as 70%.
Textbooks.com makes it easy to save money on the college textbooks, used textbooks, and cheap textbooks you need. They have the most used college textbooks on the planet, the largest selection of etextbooks, and the most college textbooks online. Get cash for textbooks when you sell textbooks through their textbook buyback program.
CampusBookRentals.com began renting textbooks in August of 2007. Every rental comes with a worry free guarantee within the first 30 days of your order if you drop your class or change your mind, you keep more cash in your pocket up front, you can order from the comfort of your home or office, it doesn’t cost a penny to return your rented textbooks when you’re done with them (they even provide the package), and you don’t have to worry about disappointing buyback prices at the end of the semester.
SlugBooks is my favorite tool to find textbooks. Simply enter your college’s name, select the department and the course, and SlugBooks will compare prices of the books – new, old, rental – from various online book stores.
You can save up to 90% when you buy or rent textbooks direct from Textbook Recycling. And you can make sure you always get the best deal by comparing prices from across the web on new and used textbooks, textbook rentals, and etextbooks.
Half.com is an eBay company. It sells new and used textbooks and rent some books. On some textbooks, you can save as much as 99%.