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Students Still Prefer Print Textbooks

college-students-cant-afford-e-readersA recent study conducted by OnCampus Research, a division of the National Association of College Stores, found that 74 percent of college students still prefer printed textbooks over their digital counterparts, even as media attention focuses on the e-reader market. In fact, only about eight percent of students own an e-reader, and more than half don’t intend to buy one.

The survey found that only 13 percent of the students questioned had purchased an e-textbook within the past three months, essentially accounting for the fall semester of 2010. Of those who did buy a e-text, the vast majority used them on laptops: 77 percent. About 30 percent of students read their e-books on a desktop computer, and only 19 percent use a Kindle or Nook. Tablet computers, like the iPad, are the least commonly used, at about four percent.

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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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The Kno Is an Alternative Way to Use Digital Textbooks

the-kno-digital-textbookThere’s a new competitor in the e-reader market. To the list that includes the iPad, the Nookstudy, and Kindle, add The Kno. The Kno seeks to set itself apart from its competitors with its hinged two-screen construction that opens just like a book. You may have heard of The Kno under its previous name, KaKai.

The Kno truly seeks to offer all the same features as the iPad. It has a web browser, the capacity to download and store textbooks, watch videos, and take notes. The screen can be manipulated by touch or using a stylus, which can also be used to take notes like writing with a pen. Within textbooks, students can highlight, use sticky notes, or write “directly” on the page or in the margins. There’s also a keyboard function. In-text links can be accessed right from the e-textbook. It even has features to help you study and organize your assignments.

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Download Chegg’s Free iPhone App Today and Get Discounted Books

chegg-iphone-offerGetting a deal on textbooks is always exciting. Just today, the textbook rental service Chegg is offering a cool deal. If you download their free iPhone App, you get a 10% discount on any book rental before August 31st with the coupon code “MOBILE”. The app helps expedite the search process, by letting you find the book you want to rent simply by scanning the book’s bar code with your phone. If you don’t have a bar code handy, you can search by ISBN, title or author’s name. Read the rest of this entry »

iPhone Partners with to Offer Cheap Textbooks

iphoneIt sounds like something out of the future: imagine scanning a bar code of a textbook with your phone and instantly finding the cheapest price for that book available on Well, you don’t have to imagine any longer, because a new app for the iPhone allows you to do just that.

iPhone has partnered with to create a new app that will make buying your textbooks – and many other items – much quicker and easier. The app allows users to scan the bar codes on many items, including textbooks, DVDs, and video games, with their iPhones and find the best prices on those items on The majority of products on are 50 percent off, including pricey textbooks, which might be reason enough for me to trade in my other smart phone for an iPhone. Read the rest of this entry »

Borders Opens New Marketplace for Textbooks

borders-textbook-marketplaceIt seems like the number of places students can buy textbooks grows everyday. The popular bookseller Borders launched its online “Borders Textbook Marketplace” yesterday, which flaunts 1.4 million titles and savings of up to 90 percent.

The Textbook Marketplace is the product of a partnership between Borders and online textbook source Alibris. Books for all educational levels—elementary school, middle school, high school and college—will be for sale. Other titles frequently used in classrooms are also available, as are education-related books, like advice books for choosing a college and homeschooling resources. Students will also be able to use the platform to resell books.

The new marketplace does not have a rental service, unlike and Barnes & Noble. Textbook rentals look like they will be the big upcoming trend for students who want to save money, so it’s surprising that Borders hasn’t jumped on board. Also yet to be seen is whether or not digital textbooks will be available through the service.

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Easy Ways to Find Cheap Textbooks

college students studyingIt’s no secret that college can be a financial strain for many seeking a higher education. Tuition costs continually increase year over year, and with that, the costs of textbooks do as well. Here are a few suggestions for reducing college expenses, while still having all of the required textbooks necessary to succeed.

  • Share with Friends. Split your book bill in half by sharing the books with a friend or classmate. Odds are you’d end up studying together anyway, so it’s probably not necessary for both of you to haul around identical books. Read the rest of this entry »

Students Lose in the Used Textbook Buy Back Game

money1The end of the school year is fast approaching. A majority of students have either already begun studying for or have been taking finals. Once students have finished their schoolwork for the year, they are left with a nothing more than the knowledge gained, hopefully a good grade, and an overpriced book, which will probably never see the light of day again… by them at least.

College students across America participate in a moneymaking endeavor at the end of each semester. They choose to sell their books to people or companies for pennies on the dollar from their initial investment.  Let’s say for instance, a marketing major is taking 15 hours (5 courses) in a particular semester.  At a minimum, they will be responsible for purchasing five books ranging between $50 and $100 each.  Potentially, this student is required to buy between $250 and $500 of books.  Read the rest of this entry »

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 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.

Fight the Book Barons With Textbook Revolt

Students, want to save some serious money on textbooks?  Then here’s a website you should check out:  Textbook Revolt.  I don’t usually promote websites, but this is one that really caught my attention.

Textbook Revolt is a textbook exchange network.  Students use a book for class, and when they’re done with it, they offer the book for free to anyone who wants it.  The idea is that students will get books for free when they need them, and then donate books to others who need them in turn. Read the rest of this entry »


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