Tips for Students to Avoid Overpriced Textbooks

reading lady with stacks of books beside herStudents can opt not to buy full-price college textbooks which cost a fortune. This article states how you can avoid paying for overpriced college books.

Yearly increase in textbook prices is old news to students: inflation is at around 6% annually. This has been a burden for financially struggling students and even prevented a considerable amount of incoming freshmen from going to college. But the need to have the required readings made students look for new ways to get books without having to pay for costly copies.

CourseEasy is equipped with book selling facility where student can make better judgment as to where and when to buy their textbooks for the next semester. College bookstores will also be able to adjust their textbook prices with the same website implement. CourseEasy also provides students to maintain their own student bookshelf where they’ll be able to keep track the types of textbooks they’ve bought, sold, or rented during the entire semester. A truly useful functionality, really.

The most frugal of all means is to look for free copies. You can:

  1. Go online and check for free downloadable version of the books you need. The number of available titles is growing and there is a good chance you will be able to find what you need in e-book format.
  2. Borrow copies from relatives, friends, or colleagues. If you know anyone who has taken the same subjects that you are taking, they might have the books you need.
  3. Go to the library and check the availability of the books. Professors often put several copies of the book/s in the reserve section to be accessed by the students.

If there is no free book in sight, cut your expenses considerably by buying used books instead. You can:

  1. Visit the college bookstore and ask if they sell used books. College bookstores can give you up to 25% off on used books, plus you can take advantage of the notes that previous students might have written on the pages.
  2. Contact student groups that hold book drives. There are usually several of these groups on campus at the start of the semester. Look for posters, flyers, or ask friends for more details on the event.
  3. Buy used books online. Several websites are popular among students who want to save more by buying second hand books. You can check bookgator.com, amazon.com, and other reputable e-bookshops. Some of them also offer buyback options so you do not have to worry whether you can sell your books after you use them by the end of the semester.
  4. Rent textbooks. E-bookshops serve as online book rental companies as well. You can avail this and have a book for a determined number of weeks. If in the end you find yourself wanting to keep the book, just pay the cover price on top of your rental, and it is yours.

If all else fails, you can opt not to shoulder the full price of a brand new textbook on your own. You can always find a good friend who is willing to split the cost with you, and then use the book together for your homework and exams.

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Using Technological Innovations in Classrooms and Bookstores

book held by a handThe use of new technology to usher a new age of how things are done in any industry is a sure driver towards innovation. We’ve seen this again and again and we realize that companies which fail to address the needs of its consumers or those that are slow to innovate usually don’t last long.

The same thing applies in the production of textbook as well as how college bookstores operate on a daily basis. Surely, printed textbooks are here to stay and it will take time before ebooks begin to occupy much of students yearly budget for textbooks.

Yet, with the current trend of tablet production all over the globe, there’s no doubt that textbooks will soon be a thing of the past come 2015. The IT@School Project is one big promising project where policy makers would like to see traditional textbooks vanished by 2015 and all current textbooks be converted to digital format before the set target. They also want to see more textbooks to become available to students for free.

Western countries as well as some in Asia are spearheading programs that will soon revolutionize the way student access their course materials or textbooks. Plans to replace traditional print textbooks to eBooks are becoming a norm and it’s only a matter of time before we start to see all these happen before our very eyes.

The use of these new technology will greatly minimize the cost of college textbooks and open up new avenues for a more flexible learning mode for students. Imagine the possibilities these technologies will bring to student as well as the savings parents will have as part of these changes.

New eBooks will either be preloaded in computer tablets or part of it preloaded or static and most are available in distant server where dynamic content are stored. The possibilities are endless and all these are made possible by the innovations made by companies who are eager to bring the same type of innovation to the classrooms.

CourseEasy has worked really hard to bring the kind of technology that is needed in this 21st century in order to help college bookstores capture the market that has been avoiding them for decades. To date, college students would usually look at their college bookstores just to see the books available and shop elsewhere. This trend has been going on for many years and little has been done to actually address it.

CourseEasy is equipped with the necessary technology to supply businesses like college bookstores to offer the needed services and help students get the textbooks they want at the right price and at the right place and time. With CourseEasy proprietary technology, students can now use college bookstores websites as a means to communicate with their fellow students, save on college textbook, and track their performance in school.

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How to Choose Textbooks

textbook buying fairChoosing the right textbooks for courses is not an easy task. Depending on the instructors’ and students’ level of reliance on a reference material to acquire needed content, the wrong choice of textbook can confound the learning process, waste class time, pauperize learners, skew information, or even sabotage instructional goals.

A well-seasoned professor or academic supervisor can attest that choosing the right book is not that simple. There is a need to look at several published materials that can possibly serve the purpose of effective instruction and learning. Anyone who is selecting books for courses must aim to match those materials with the instructor, the course, and the students.

Matching with instructor

What is the instructor supposed or intend to do with the book? Will the material fit with his style of teaching? The ‘sage on the stage’ or traditional lecturing style has become passé today. There is a need for more enlightened and innovative instructional methods. It will not hurt to choose textbooks that will be slightly divergent to allow students to logically question their own learning and fill in any gap without losing motivation to learn.

The book should cover everything that has to be covered in class. This way, the instructor can rest assured that even if a student misses a session, he will still easily catch up on lessons. Most of all, in this regard, the reference material should teach. It should divide important content into smaller and more manageable chunks for easier assimilation.

Matching with course

When choosing a textbook for a course, the succeeding and related undergraduate and graduate courses should be considered. If the course is on the introductory level, a core book will be more useful. Thought-provoking and more advanced books can be saved for the second-tier or higher courses.

Fortunately, publishers do their own research to determine the right treatment and mix of their books’ content. It is safe to check out recommendations directly from them. Thus, it is noticeable that almost all textbooks are in proper sequence and scope to facilitate better teaching and learning of courses.

Matching with students

Why are students taking the course? This question should serve as an effective guide to textbook selection. If they are just forced to take the subject, they should get standard and foundational knowledge from the material. If the course is preparatory for practice, the book must focus on theory into mechanics, practice, or application.

A more realistic assessment of abilities and knowledge level of students should be done for proper selection of textbooks. Proximal development should not be overlooked. The difficulty and readability level of books should always be looked at.

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How to Recycle Your Textbooks

student reading a bookIf you have some old textbooks lying around and gathering dust, it’s time to take them out and find some other uses for them. Thankfully, there are lots of options nowadays to recycle old textbooks.

You decided to clean up your apartment, maybe to move out or to just make some space for new things. Suddenly, you find these old textbooks hiding in different nooks in your apartment. If the books are several years old, and many newer editions have come out, then you might find your book next to impossible to sell at the neighborhood bookstore. What can you do to recycle them then?

  • Sell online – online bookstores have wider markets, so they are more likely to accept old textbooks. Just go to these websites, type in the ISBN number of your book and pack them for shipping. You never know, those books might still fetch you a few dollars.
  • Donate – your books can still be used by someone else, so donate them. Don’t put the books to waste; after all, trees were cut down to make that book. You can still donate books to your local library or charity. You can even ask the nearby hospital if they would be able to use your books. If you also know of any public schools in your area, they might still accept your books as reference materials. You might even find groups that receive them to be used in various literacy programs. Just because you don’t use the book, doesn’t mean nobody will use it anymore.
  • Swap it – there are some websites and communities that get together for the sole purpose of swapping books they do not need, in exchange for other interesting books. Some sites will receive points for every book donated, which you can collect to buy other books.
  • Be green – look for groups that receive or even buy books that cannot be used anymore for recycling. These books are then sold and profits donated to causes to plant more trees!
  • Give it away – you can put the books in a box labeled “free books” or there are even services like Book Crossing, that tags your book so you can leave it in a park bench or a bus and you can track where it goes.
  • Transform it – you can use the book’s materials and turn it into something new you can use. Paper can be recycled, the covers used in various ways.

If you think about it, books can last a long time, and can always be used by anyone. So think twice before you throw away your old textbooks, instead find new homes or uses for them.

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Is Renting College Textbooks for You

lady reading sexuality textbookRenting college textbooks are offering cheaper books for students who do not want to buy new textbooks. But this option is not for everyone – especially for students who are not careful with books.

Students are faced with many different options when it comes to college textbooks: unlike in the past, wherein students have no other choice but to buy brand-new, expensive textbooks, students can now buy used one, rent college textbooks for the semester and even download eTextbooks. Although there are cheaper options available for students, you still need to think about the best option that suits you and your needs. For example, some students are still not comfortable reading digital books, therefore eTextbooks are not the right choice for you.

Some students want to know whether to rent college textbooks is the best choice for them. Here are some guide questions to help you figure out if this option is for you:

  1. Are the books you are looking for only needed for a certain amount of time? If yes, then renting is a good choice – you need to know the exact amount of time you are renting the book to save money. If you extend, then you pay additional. This is also a great option if you know for sure that you will no longer need the book again, good for those general subjects or those that are unrelated to future courses.
  2. Do you have the patience to buy and sell textbooks? If yes, you might find that buying new textbooks and selling them at the end of the semester is a cheaper option for you. If you do not like the hassle, then just rent college textbooks instead of having to find someone to buy your old books.
  3. Are you good at keeping books in mint condition? Take note that when you rent books, you need to take great care of them in order to not incur any fees for damages to the book. Then this will end up to not be cheaper for you anymore.
  4. Do you like marking or writing on your books? If yes, then you might be better off with your own book. If you are renting books, you need to know what you can and cannot do – some bookstores allow books that are highlighted, but no writings. If you do not follow the guidelines, you might be charged for damage to books.

In short, these questions help you understand what’s involved when you rent college textbooks. Renting is not for everyone, in fact, there is that fine print – if you do not return the books in the exact date as agreed upon and not in mint condition, you will be shocked by the hidden costs that comes along with renting.

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