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5 Ways to Save on College Textbooks

Scared to step into your college bookstore? Paying full retail prices for your textbooks can really put a dent in your checking account. There’s no way to avoid buying textbooks. You need them for class, but nobody said you had to pay full price for them.

Read these tips and save big money:

Shop online: Usedtextbooks.net is a great place to find used textbooks online. The website searches other websites selling used textbooks and finds you the best price. All you need to do is search for the textbook by its ISBN to get the perfect match. I personally have saved up to 90 percent by using this website.

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Where to Get the Most Money For Your Used Textbooks

textbooksAlthough nobody likes the financial strain of buying textbooks, I think it is fair to say that most of us like selling our books at the end of the semester, especially when you have a book that sells back for a good price.

However, it can be hard to know which bookstore or website will give you the best price for your textbooks. There are many options available for your selling pleasures, but here are the best places to score the highest buy-back price.

1.    Half.com. This website specializes in selling many forms of media, including books, music, movies, and games. They also specialize in helping you sell your textbooks. Half.com does not buy your textbooks directly, but they do enable you to sell your textbooks to more than 100 million viewers. This is awesome because you are very likely to find someone, somewhere who will want to buy your used textbooks.

2.    Amazon.com. Like Half.com, Amazon allows you to place your textbook in their marketplace and sell to millions of people around the world. Another benefit of Amazon.com is that this website will even buy your books from you.

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Textbook Price Comparison for Renting, Buying or Shopping Online

Lately there has been a lot of debate concerning the best way to procure your textbooks for the next semester.

“Is it better to buy from your school’s bookstore?“

“How about an online site, like Half.com or Amazon?”

“What about renting? That’s the latest trend, right?”

I really was not sure what I was going to do this semester. My parents are making me pay for all of my books, so I definitely want to go the cheapest route possible.

I decided the best plan of attack would be to make a chart to compare my options.  I found out which books I will be taking next semester, and here’s what I came up with.

In three out of four cases, renting textbooks from Chegg.com is the cheapest option. However, the downside to renting my books is that I cannot keep them after I am done with them. Sometimes, this would make me really sad because – contrary to popular belief – some college books are actually kind of cool. However, this is not the norm, so I guess saying “adios” to my books at the end of the semester wouldn’t be too bad. Read the rest of this entry »



6 Unexpected College Expenses

money unexpected expensesYou’ve paid the tuition bill, so what’s next? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, guys, but if you haven’t figured it out already, it doesn’t end there. There are hidden expenditures that come with college and, no, I’m not talking about keg rentals or midnight Starbucks runs.

Here’s a list of unexpected, but unavoidable, college expenses and ways to save on them:

Textbooks: Plan on spending $1,000 or more on textbooks if you purchase them in the college bookstore. Check out Craigslist.com, Amazon.com and Ebay.com for new or used books. Check out Chegg.com for rental books. You can also purchase electronic versions of textbooks which can be half the cost of a printed version.

Electronics: You’ve got to have a computer and an alarm clock, right? It’s estimated that students spend almost $750 on these kinds of gadgets. But do you really need all of them? Things like iPods, game consoles and digital cameras are nice to have but you can live without them. Before you decide which electronics to buy, pick ones that you know you will use the most. Check out pawn shops and Craigslist.com to find deals on used electronics. Read the rest of this entry »



Price Comparison Reveals Cheapest and Most Expensive Textbooks Sources [INFOGRAPHIC]

After tuition, the heaviest financial burden facing college students is the textbook bill. With some titles costing a couple hundred dollars a piece, a semester’s worth of books can set back some students more than a thousand dollars.

With the campus bookstores being the most convenient locally, and dozens of textbook retailers available online, the choices can be overwhelming with the bill be underwhelming. So where should you look?

Click on this infographic to see the full-sized image and reveal the cheapest and most expensive places to buy books.

College Textbooks Price Comparison

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Chegg.com to Offer Course Planning System

chegg-courseRankSellers of textbooks are adopting new strategies to sell books by integrating their wares into various kinds of educational platforms. Barnes & Noble and McGraw Hill are partnering with Blackboard to integrate digital textbooks with the  an online course management system used by many colleges. CourseSmart has a similar program that is being tested at 10 universities.

Chegg, the largest textbook rental company, is the latest company to expand its services beyond books. In yesterday’s press release, Chegg.com announced that they have acquired the start-up CourseRank, a scheduling system for college students. CourseRank not only helps students schedule each semester, it also helps them plan their entire college career, rate courses, and find classes with friends. Read the rest of this entry »



The Best Textbook Rental Companies

rentNobody likes buying college textbooks. The entire process is frustrating and hard on your pocketbook. You pay way too much money for a textbook that you might or might not use – depending on how much your professor actually uses that book – and then when the semester is over, you sell it back for considerably less money than you paid for it. For example, I bought a Spanish textbook for $95 last semester, and when I sold it back, I got a measly $11. Completely awful, huh?

Fortunately, there is an alternative to buying your textbooks and then selling them back. This alternative is renting your textbooks. According to Chegg.com, the average student will save more than $500 if he or she rents his or her books instead of buying books each year. So, if you are like me and would rather hold onto your money than give it to the big publishing companies, consider renting your textbooks this year. Here are some of the most popular places for renting textbooks. Read the rest of this entry »



Barnes & Noble Allows Students to Rent Textbooks

barnes and noblesMove over Chegg.com. Barnes & Noble is entering the textbook rental arena.

Barnes & Noble is the largest bookstore chain in the country and has been the top selling chain for the past six years. Barnes & Noble sells most of its books through its almost 800 bookstores. However, its quickly growing website also offers over one million titles, and a new line of campus bookstores called Barnes & Noble College Bookstores operates at 636 colleges and universities.

So obviously, Barnes & Noble is a big company. And now, in an effort to help students combat the rising cost of college textbooks, Barnes & Noble is starting to rent its textbooks.

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Students Save Big by Renting College Textbooks at Chegg

Thanks to the Internet, there are now a whole lot of new ways to save money on college textbooks.  Here’s yet another new innovation that uses the Internet to help students save money: college textbook rentals at Chegg.com.college textbooks

How does this work?  Students rent their textbooks from Chegg at approximately 80 percent off the cover price, plus a shipping fee.  At the end of the semester, they send the books back (there’s free return shipping).  Students need to keep the rented books in good condition and cannot write in them, but minor highlighting is allowed.  The company also buys and sells books, so if you’re looking for a good place to unload a book at the end of the semester, check out Chegg.

In addition to extra green in your wallet, Chegg comes with another green perk.  Whenever a student rents, donates, or sells a book, Chegg plants a tree.  Isn’t that a cool idea?  That really puts the environmental issues associated with textbook use into perspective.  These books don’t just cost too much money, they cost too many trees.

Wow, I wish I had services like these available when I was a student.  Give Chegg a try and see what you think.





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