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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