Students may choose not to purchase textbooks for a number of reasons.
However, another reason that students may not purchase a textbook for a particular course may be that it isn’t really used.
Although almost every college course requires a textbook of some sort, some college professors never use or refer to it.
Is it best to buy or rent college textbooks?
Typically, buyback programs don’t offer you as much money for your books. So something you purchased for $75 might sell for $20 at the end of the semester. Since you own the book, though, you also have the option to keep it for future reference or sell online. Renting textbooks is much cheaper than purchasing books.
Should you buy college textbooks before class?
Generally, wait until you go to class before you purchase your books. Unless you’re explicitly told to get the book and do readings before class starts (yuck), I recommend waiting until you go to the first class and receive the syllabus before buying all required readings.
How can I get cheap college textbooks?
Buying On The Cheap
- Ebay.com. Bid on auctions or Buy It Now!
- AbeBooks.com. This site sells both new and used textbooks.
- Better World Books. If you’re feeling charitable, Better World Books accepts used book donations to eliminate trash and resells them at a discount.
Where is the best place to buy college textbooks?
Here are several top textbook sites for buying or renting cheap college books online.
- Chegg. Chegg is a wonderful site for finding affordable college books online.