We all know going to school means supplies, and among those supplies includes textbooks. Some books, depending on your class, can vary in price. It also depends on the edition required by the class.
Some of you may think, “That does not bother me! I’ll just get whatever edition I can find for the cheapest.” Moreover, in some cases that will work. However, high-level writing classes, history classes and literature classes require specific editions because of the contents inside. Some editions have additional stories or content at the front or back of the book. Some come with a disc, for listening or for DVD players. So, before you jump into buying the fifth edition of a history book here are some tips to saving some money, while still getting the correct book.
If you know you will not be using your book again in the future you can rent books from Amazon.com for a small price each month. There is also Textbooks.com, and Half.com, which is an eBay supported site. Amazon will rent you books for each class, and you can pay for a month of rental, then you send the book back. This is a great way for students to save money, especially if you are only taking one writing, history or literature class.
Renting comes with some cons. First off, the condition of the book is a high priority. It has to be sent back in just as good condition as when it arrived. If you are rough with your books than purchasing and reselling would be a better option for you. An additional con is the ‘send back’ date. If your send back date happens to fall too close to your ending class date, or you have to keep it an extra week, you can get charged for an additional month or extra time. SO making sure your time of your class matches your rental time is key.
The school library is of course always an option. However, some have limited stock, and if you go to school, online you are forced to trudge through the Online digital library. If you live outside city limits, you cannot gain access to your town’s library. At least, you can’t check anything out. You can read in the library for free of course. The chances of the library having your book are slim to none, though; sometimes you can get lucky, especially if your library is big enough.
If you prefer just to purchase your book and keep it, or resell it. There are some shortcuts. First off, you do not need a spanky new book. You can buy books on Amazon for cheap if they have highlighter marks, some wear and tear, and you can get it for a low price often. Just recently I bought a school book a “Norton Anthology” book that usually runs 78.00 by itself, I found it on Amazon in good condition for 2.99, that is correct two dollars and ninety-nine cents. I paid 5.00 shipping to get it me faster, but overall I paid close to ten dollars for the book.
The trick to this is checking shipping prices and purchase price. Sometimes a book costs more on Amazon than from a school site; sometimes it is pretty close. Two books for 120.00 can easily get marked down to 70.00 for both plus 2.00 shipping. Even at that price you are still saving something. However, I only buy certain conditions of books. Also, only buy from four-star and five-star shops. Anything below a four-star review and you are likely to get half of what you expected. I bought a book for twelve dollars from a three-star seller, the book was supposed to be in good condition, when it came to be the spine was completely separated from the pages.
If you are going to Veterinary School, you will want to invest in ways to purchase your books. You will be keeping them for a long time, and you also don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for your books either.
I always recommend Amazon.com for textbooks or Textbooks.com sometimes you have to bounce back and forth between the two.
You can also buy books for your Kindle, iPad, Android, and other tablets. This is a good way to keep many books at once, and a lot of digital textbooks are compatible with iBooks from Apple. Amazon has an app that can go on your iPhone, iPad and Android so you can purchase books. The Apple Bookstore has recently updated their amount of books and the quality as well. Here again, prices vary and can be cheaper or more expensive for a digital version. Weigh the pros and cons of each, the pro is you can keep several books on your tablet at once. However, the con is they are only digital, there is no actual book. Your eyes can get tired of reading on an iPad because of the light, but Kindle’s paper-like screen means you need light to read them at night making it easier on your eyes. I do not recommend Sony Tablets; they can be laggy and tend to freeze. Android carries many good tablets, as well as Apple and the Nook. It depends on what you are doing, just reading textbooks or do you have other classes as well. The iPad is better suited for several different kinds of classes because of its range of applications, as well as Dells’s Tablets, and Android.
So, when you need to find your textbook on the cheap! Look at Amazon.com, Apple Bookstore, Kindle Store, Textbook.com, or half.com and eBay to find your book for less. Share in the comments if you know of any other great sites for purchasing cheap textbooks as well!