Where to Get a Discount on College Textbooks
Posted on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Many colleges and universities begin their new semester in late August. That doesn’t give students a whole lot of time to search for, and obtain, the textbooks that they require. The longer a person procrastinates on finding the books they need, the less chance they have to find a good deal on them. Here are some places where you can get a discount on college textbooks.
How to Save Money on Textbooks
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble offers both new and used textbooks. To get started, type the title, author, and ISBN number of the book you need for class into their search engine. (Look for the bar code on the back of the book in order to locate the ISBN number). Used textbooks are generally cheaper than brand new ones.
Their website says that you can save up to 90% on used textbooks. Renting Textbooks can also help lower your costs. You get to choose how long you want to keep the book. You can extend your rental period if you need to (up to 130 days).
Staples has a very similar offer to the one at Barnes & Noble. Their website says you can save up to 90% on your textbooks (but doesn’t specify if that is by renting or buying). It has its own search engine for you to type in the ISBN, title, or author of the book you need.
You can rent textbooks from Staples. Their rental periods are 30 days, 45 days, 60 days, a quarter (90 days) or semester (125 days). Your rental period does not start until the books are delivered to you.
The books you rent, or buy, may or may not come with the supplements that are supposed to go with them. If the book you rent happens to have its supplement, you can use it at no extra cost. If you buy a textbook and it comes with a supplement, you get to keep the supplement for free.
Taking a literature class? Stop by your local library and see if they have the books your professor has assigned for this semester. Borrowing books from the library is absolutely free (assuming you return them on time). Most libraries will let you make arrangements to extend your borrowing period. You will need to speak with a librarian in order to continue to borrow a book for a longer span of time.
Consider Shipping Fees
How much is the shipping fee? It is important to take that into account when you are considering buying or renting a textbook from an online source. It doesn’t do much good to find a cheap copy of the textbook you need if the discount is eaten up by the shipping fee.