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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Simple Steps to Choose Good textbooks

textbooks on deskA good textbook can be typically identified as having: the most updated content, the most accurate facts, comprehensive topics discussed and of course, an affordable price. With the increasing prices of textbooks, students cannot afford to buy several books, making find good books even more important. Here at CourseEasy we’ve decided to write some simple tips and steps to help you make a sound judgment in finding or choosing good textbooks.

  1. Check publication date – In the test for accurate and up-to-date of information, the best way to check is to look at the date when the book is published. Generally, a more recent book will have more updated information, as well as be more accurate, as new editions will also edit or remove data that was disproved already.
  2. Browse through the introduction – The first few pages of the book will give you more information of the book than just the title page. When you are browsing through books on online libraries or a bookstore, you cannot really preview the full book – instead you can read the preface or introduction to get an idea of the content. You can also check the table of contents for the outline of topics and the bibliography for books cited or used as resources.
  3. Look for book reviews – Reviews by professors and other students are useful at getting feedback about the book without having to get your own copy. Point your browser to online sites or bookstores that ask readers to share feedback on textbooks.
  4. Compare prices – A more expensive book doesn’t always mean better quality, besides, who would want to spend so much money on books they might only use for a semester? Students on a budget might even opt to not buy books if they are too expensive. Do a compromise and do a thorough search online for deals on the books that you are choosing between – this way, you can get the book you want without breaking the bank.
  5. Professor knows best – There is no better resource than your own professor – he or she will know the course and the topics best, they will also know which books will match his or her teaching style and also, they usually already have a list of good books based on their own research and preparation for class.
  6. Choose the one with extras – Supplementary materials not only give you more value for your money, you are also given more to aid with your study – like CD-Roms and even exercises.

A good textbook is not hard to find. By knowing where and how to evaluate the book, through these simple steps, you can already eliminate other books and find the best one for you.

Academic cloud platform like CourseEasy is beneficial for college students as well as universities who are looking into helping their students manage their online resources and take full control of their academic life. Check out CourseEasy’s features today.

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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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