Let Technology Help Track Down College Textbooks

As if college isn’t challenging enough, students are faced with the daunting task of finding textbooks that aren’t going to cost them an arm and a leg. Fortunately, technology is helping give them an upper hand.

Online websites offer various options, ranging from buying new, used or even renting, and selecting print, digital or audio forms of textbooks. Students typically can end up paying a fraction of the cost compared to getting books at the on-campus bookstore. Among the more popular sites are textbooks.comAs a courtesy, you will be leaving Blog.Bank5Connect.com and going to another website. We have approved this site as a reliable partner, but you will no longer be under the security policy of Bank5Connect.com. Come back soon!; chegg.comAs a courtesy, you will be leaving Blog.Bank5Connect.com and going to another website. We have approved this site as a reliable partner, but you will no longer be under the security policy of Bank5Connect.com. Come back soon!; ecampus.comAs a courtesy, you will be leaving Blog.Bank5Connect.com and going to another website. We have approved this site as a reliable partner, but you will no longer be under the security policy of Bank5Connect.com. Come back soon!; valorebooks.comAs a courtesy, you will be leaving Blog.Bank5Connect.com and going to another website. We have approved this site as a reliable partner, but you will no longer be under the security policy of Bank5Connect.com. Come back soon!; amazon.comAs a courtesy, you will be leaving Blog.Bank5Connect.com and going to another website. We have approved this site as a reliable partner, but you will no longer be under the security policy of Bank5Connect.com. Come back soon!; half.comAs a courtesy, you will be leaving Blog.Bank5Connect.com and going to another website. We have approved this site as a reliable partner, but you will no longer be under the security policy of Bank5Connect.com. Come back soon!(an eBay company).

In addition, there are search engines that allow you to compare book prices on different sites, such as bookfinder.comAs a courtesy, you will be leaving Blog.Bank5Connect.com and going to another website. We have approved this site as a reliable partner, but you will no longer be under the security policy of Bank5Connect.com. Come back soon! and campusbooks.comAs a courtesy, you will be leaving Blog.Bank5Connect.com and going to another website. We have approved this site as a reliable partner, but you will no longer be under the security policy of Bank5Connect.com. Come back soon!.

What’s more, free textbooks are available through university libraries, online book exchanges, and Project Gutenberg, the oldest digital library in the world that offers approximately 50,000 e-books. Note, however, that many free textbooks are limited to classic literature.

And then there’s always the old standby – forming a textbook-sharing group with other students, especially those who may be in the same classes you’re enrolled in. This may require studying together from time to time, but it could be a real cost-saver in the long run.

If you decide that online is the way to go, stop by the on-campus bookstore first and locate the books you’ll need. Then jot down the following information: author’s name, the book’s price, the name and volume/edition, and the book’s International Standard Book Number (ISBN), found on or near the barcode on the back of book. Use this information to locate books online.

Before making any textbook transaction, pay close attention to the site’s terms and conditions, such as return policies, money-back guarantee, and whether free shipping is offered both on purchases and returns (that is, unless, you’re buying or renting e-books.)

And compare the cost of buying new versus used, as well as renting. You may be surprised at the difference. If you decide to rent, remember to keep track of the book’s rental expiration date; otherwise you could end up inadvertently buying the book instead. Note: some colleges and universities offer book rental services, so don’t overlook this option.

 

 

 

 

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