Books on a Budget: Top 9 Sites for Getting Books on the Cheap

healthyu_booksbudgetCampus bookstores are easily the most convenient place to get college textbooks – and they know it. They’re there to attract the lazy college student who doesn’t want to buy a book until he or she really needs it (the night before the first exam) and they’re there to make it easy for a new student to wander in with a class list and stagger out with an unnerving receipt. But in reality, whatever your reasoning may be for buying a book new and on-campus, it’s not a good enough reason.

Sites offering used books, rental books, and even completely digital books have all played their part in rendering the in-person textbook store an old school, overpriced obscurity that is surely on it’s way into history books. Even selling your books when you’re done with them is no longer a bookstore chore that returns the equivalent of a finger and toe of the initial arm and leg you spent on them. With the used market that textbook sites have created, you can get a return on your old books that makes sense, as well as affordable new books, all thanks to the elimination of the bookstore middleman. To put it frankly, book-buying has become just the latest textbook example of the Internet’s ability to save you money.

A few sites to help you get your semester off to an affordable start:

Buy or sell affordable new and used books

Compare book prices among several other sites:

Trade books you no longer need for ones you do with other students

Buy, sell, even rent

eBay sister-site without the bidding – offers an iPhone app

Download available eBooks for free

Groups become makeshift book-swapping sites for thousands of schools


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