The Best Way To Buy Textbooks

Usually, the best deal is buying gently used textbooks from other students or from a site like eBay  or even Craigslist if you are fortunate enough to find someone with the textbook you are looking for. The library often has reserve copies of many textbooks that can help you at least temporarily. The campus bookstore is often the best deal when you need the textbook immediately. It is often cheapest to rent textbooks, and if you feel one is worth reusing to buy it. Also, unless you have a good spot to store all of the work station cliparttextbooks they tend to be clutter and rarely if ever used again. Many of the elementary education major books, especially from senior year, are worth keeping. For most textbooks, especially if you take good notes, it is not necessary to buy them and then find a place to store them. You can even make copies or scanned images of things worth notating and charts and maps and the like. It is possible to buy a textbook and sell it at a profit, but you have to find a good buyer and possibly figure out the shipping details. There are instances when a person finds a buyer online only to discover it costs them more to ship the item than they charged for the item.

Below are some sites with used, new, electronic, and other textbook options, and please feel free to click on the ads as they help support the site and keep the affiliate account active. You can sell your textbooks to places like, which is one of the Internet’s oldest and most respected ways to buy the cheapest textbooks.  Notice, Kobo is an e-reader, which can be a rather luxurious alternative to an actual book. Amazon would not let me join their affiliate program because it excludes residents of Illinois. Surprisingly, with a little extra effort you can find prices cheaper than Amazon and book rentals are almost always cheaper than Amazon. You can Google “used textbooks” and find many other options.

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10 thoughts on “The Best Way To Buy Textbooks

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    1. My husband resueqts examination copies of textbooks from various publishing companies and gets freebies that way. I’d try that if I were you. You might also want to email a few local universities and see if their education department has a library of local area textbooks. Mine did for some reason, and we got to look through all of them in college. You should also check with your central office and/or the person in charge of curriculum for your district. They’d probably be the best source. Good luck!

      1. Great information! That would work, but I am not sure everyone can get the examination copies. That might only be for instructors. It is worth a try. The local universities should help. – Michelle 🙂

  2. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

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    1. Great! I realized in the article I did not mention Chegg for used textbook rentals. They rejected me for affiliate ads though. Thus, you do not see any Chegg ads on my site. I like eCampus.

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