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CampusBooks Can Save You Money When Shopping for Textbooks

Buying a book for your college classes can be stressful. You have to drive from local bookstore to local bookstore, search the best rental companies, and even surf Amazon.com or Half.com to find the best price for your books. The entire process of comparing books at every venue becomes frustrating.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could just tell someone what book you are looking for and then that person would find the cheapest option for you? Well, I haven’t found a person to do that yet, but I have found an iPhone and Android app that will.

CampusBooks allows you to scan the bar code of any book that you are looking for and it will instantly bring up a list of the cheapest bookstores and online websites where you can buy the book. Or if you do not have the book in front of you where you can scan the bar code, you can type in the name of the book, ISBN, author, or keywords to find what you are looking for.

Another very cool feature of this app is that it has GPS technology that shows you which bookstores are closest to you so that you do not have to drive all over town, searching for the bookstore that promises to save you the most money. This app also has a feature that lets you sell your books, allowing you to earn money from this app instead of spending money on it. You can also visit this page for great deals and coupons.

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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 »

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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Florida Schools Trade Textbooks for Kindles

kindle-bookAnother school is choosing digital textbooks over traditionally bound books. At Clearwater High School in Florida, 2700 students received Kindles today. They will be using the digital reader in math, English and science classes. Principal Keith Mastorides hopes to introduce even more e-textbooks in the future.

The school has found that not all of the desired textbooks that are available are usable on the Kindle. “With the textbook companies, this is new,” Mastorides said. “None of their books are Kindlized.” Cost posed another difficulty. “We do have to work really hard to get our textbook companies to give us a break on the online version,” said Pinellas County School Superintendent Julie Janssen. She did report that the school managed to save about 25 percent on textbooks this year.

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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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Win $100 in Free Textbooks from Follett

UPDATE – Winners Joy and Courtney were selected 9/1/10. This giveaway has ended.

Are you facing the financial burden of back to school and in need of cheap textbooks? Let us, along with Follett, help ease the pain with a $100 gift card. follett textbooks

Comment below and tell us why you need this $100 Follett gift card. “Poor college student” isn’t going to cut it, because let’s face it, most current college students, and even those of us who once walked those hallowed halls, have carried that title.

We will draw two winners September 1, 2010 – each will receive a $100 gift card from Follett to be used in their campus bookstores. Read the rest of this entry »

iPhone Partners with Half.com 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 Half.com. 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 Half.com 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 Half.com. The majority of products on Half.com 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 »

Free CourseSmart iPad App Helps You Find eTextbooks

CourseSmart-etextbooksCourseSmart is making it easier for you to find and use their e-textbooks on your iPad. They’re now offering an updated version of their free “eTextbooks” app. Not only does the app make it easy to find and purchase digital textbooks, it also has a virtual bookshelf where users can see the books they own and easily access them. It also has a sticky note feature, so students can take notes as they read.

Perhaps most importantly, the eTextbooks app has new navigation within the texts.  Students can use thumbnails of pages to quickly find what they need, avoiding the pain of scrolling though pages. CourseSmart says it gives students access to over 90 percent of all textbooks in use today, with download times of no more than five minutes to both computers and hand-held devices. Storing and using digital textbooks on a iPad or similar devices overcomes the inconvenience of having the book stored on a more unwieldy computer. Read the rest of this entry »


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