Savings and sometimes making money on college textbooks
March 2, 2023
Let’s get started with some guidelines for used texts. Some courses will require the software or access code for programs related to the book realisticpay. If this is true, you will usually find it cheaper to purchase these books new. You may be able to get the texts you need with an access code. But, you should do your research. It may be more cost-effective to purchase the book from new. Second, International Editions of text are almost identical word for word to their U.S. counterparts. Their main difference from US counterparts is often the ISBN number, cover, or page discrepancy. Talk to previous class members about the professors and assignments. It may be necessary to “be one another” according to the saying, so you will want to make sure that you have a US-issued student edition.
These are more costly but they can still be a good option if you have clear priorities. These are some guidelines to keep in mind before you follow the steps below. Ask around your school and in school online forums to ask if someone can sell you their used book at a bargain price. There might be a copy available in the library that you can borrow free of charge. Check out the online school bookstore to get the books you need next semester. Make a list of all the titles, authors and editions you need. Also note the prices and ISBN numbers. Now, you can start searching online for them.
On sites such as Amazon, Half dot com and eBay, you can search for the ISBN numbers in your texts. These ISBN numbers can also be searched on Google. Eliminate any hyphens from your search and only enter the text string. There are many online book stores that sell used books. I do not advocate rental books. Renting is like wasting money. You can use the book once you have finished using it. Then, resell it to recover your costs. This will save you money over renting long term. For discounts or shipping savings, be sure to monitor shipping costs. Amazon can be a great source for new books. It is important to keep the book in good used condition so that you can sell them more easily after class.