Tips for Saving Money on College Textbooks
- Check the Course Syllabus (provided on-line when enrolling in specific classes). The course syllabus will identify the book(s) that you need for each course
- Use the ISBN Number. Every book has a unique ISBN number; use it to make sure that you get the right book, version, edition
- Only purchase required textbooks. Some courses may have a list of optional books; wait to purchase these books until you have a better sense of how they will be used in the course (you may not need them)
- Rent vs. Buy. Renting is often cheaper than buying; shop around to check prices.
- Consider an E-Book. Many books are available electronically and may be cheaper than the hardcopy
- Access Codes. If the syllabus indicates that you will need an access code to access online content, please make sure that the book you order includes a valid access code. A previous student will most likely have used the access code in a used book so it will no longer be valid. Some publishers allow you to purchase access codes separately
- Shopping for Textbooks Online. When shopping for textbooks online beware of third party sellers. Check the reviews before purchasing from a third party. The reputable online retailers do a good job of screening out bad actors but it is still wise to exercise caution when choosing a seller
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