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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Textbook Rentals Save Money and Trees

trees inside a buildingCollege textbooks are quite expensive especially because each school year, their costs are constantly increasing. Through the years, different ways have emerged that help students save on those expenses. Textbook rental is one of the most popular options for those who intend to reduce expenditures on reference materials.

The usually high tag prices of books are not the only prompting reason why renting textbooks makes sense. Environmentalists will surely agree that through renting books, students may effectively help save more trees from being cut down each year.

Save money

Of course, students opt to rent their reference materials to save more money. It is possible to reduce textbook costs each semester by about 60% to 75%. That can be translated into a very significant amount. The savings generated can be used to cover many other important and necessary expenses. The amount can be added to the savings that will be spent for paying tuition fees. It can also be used to pay boarding and lodging fees.

Textbook rental can be much cheaper even than buying used books. A student can even rent out reference materials for much less if he can carefully and more effectively find less costly book rental companies. The items can be kept and used within the specified time. Rental durations can be as fast as just a month to as long as a year. If necessary, the rent contract can even be extended for another month, another semester, or another year.

Save trees

It is estimated that each school year, up to 20 million trees are cut down in the US alone just to produce paper that will be used for printing textbooks. In this age when forests are quickly being denuded, that means a lot. A single tree may possibly not be enough to produce enough paper to print out an entire book.

Through textbook rental, the need to print new books each year may be lowered. Renting will facilitate reuse or recycling of a specific book. If more students will opt to rent their books, demand for new books will decline, which will push publishers to diminish the number of copies to be printed and in the process help lower the need to cut more trees.

A typical textbook rental also presently commits to help revive the lush and vibrance of this business environment. Many rental firms commit to plant a tree for each book being rented out through their businesses.

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Tips in Selling Second-Hand Textbooks

opened textbookSecond-hand textbooks are becoming so popular nowadays. First of all, they are a lot cheaper than buying new copies. Second, you can still resell them after the semester. Third, why buy a new book when you only need it for a semester?

Because of this, there is now an entire market for secondhand books – students who want to sell textbooks they’ve finished using, and also students who want to buy them for their own classes. These books can now be found both in your neighborhood bookstore and in websites selling books.

Students like you who want to make extra money and have a stack of used old textbooks in their apartment should definitely decide to sell them instead. From being an eyesore and an added clutter, they can be converted to cash. If you are looking to sell textbooks, here are very easy tips you can follow:

  1. Look at the condition of your books – All bookstores have standards when it comes to buying back used textbooks. Best to check with the neighborhood bookstore or the website regarding what damages are acceptable. By doing your own check, then you can avoid your books being rejected from buyback.
  2. Consider selling directly to new students – If you have friends or know of students taking the courses you already finished, offer your books directly. This is a good way to sell books that may be a bit battered and unfit for bookstores. Also, they might benefit from some of your notes on the books.
  3. Sell textbooks online – Amazon allows you to post your book on their site to be sold, there are also other websites where you can sell them online. Make sure you post important information on the book – ISBN number, edition and condition.
  4. Go to online bookstores – If you cannot be bothered with posting your own book online, arranging for shipping and collecting payment from buyers, you can just go to online bookstores who are looking for used textbooks to buy. These sites will then sell it to other students looking to buy used books instead of new ones. Online stores need the ISBN number of your books and will require you to ship them to their location to be assessed and priced.
  5. Sell textbooks to your neighborhood bookstore – Perhaps the quickest way is to sell to the campus bookstore, or any neighborhood bookstore looking to buy used books. Just make sure to check first whether they will buy the titles you have, to avoid carrying your books for nothing.

There is no shame now if you carry a secondhand textbook – after all, books do eventually get used and worn. Besides, secondhand books still have the same content and are just as good as new ones. So, sell your secondhand books after the semester ends – and help another student save money on books!

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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.

Get in touch with us for more information about renting your textbooks for college on the web today.

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