Students have many options when it comes to purchasing or renting textbooks for their university programs.
Most university partners have an online bookstore where students are able to purchase books. In addition, there are a number of third party vendors that students can use to purchase books. Many vendors offer new, used, and ebook options. It’s always a great idea to explore options when purchasing textbooks to ensure that you're getting the best deal for yourself.
Note: Some universities will not require you to purchase your textbooks out-of-pocket. Some will provide book vouchers so that you can get your textbooks from their university bookstore directly. If you're uncertain about which method your university utilizes, please check with your advisor.
In order to make sure that you are purchasing the correct textbooks, students should consult their course syllabus or university website for textbook information. Make sure that you’re purchasing the correct book by double-checking the title, author, edition, etc.
Below is a list of popular book vendors and their websites. Please be mindful of shipping costs and timelines as they vary by site.
Students can buy, rent, and sell textbooks and ebooks on Amazon.com. Some textbooks may also be available for Kindle, which tends to be a less expensive option. Many ebooks can also be downloaded as PDFs, which can easily be edited on the computer.
Chegg offers options to purchase or rent books. In many cases, students can access a digital copy of their book until the hard copy arrives. They have a 21-day satisfaction guarantee if you should need to return your books. Please check Chegg’s refund policy for more details.
Textbooks.com offers a large selection of textbooks available to purchase or rent. Textbooks.com also offers some ebooks. Shipping is free on purchases over $25. Students can also sell their textbooks on this site.
Vendor: Campus Book Rentals
Campus Book Rentals offers textbook rentals. Students are able to highlight/markup their books, even on rentals. Students must be sure to return books by the due date, or they will be charged the replacement value for the text. Students also have the option to purchase the book instead of returning the rental.
Goodwill offers a limited selection of books but at very competitive pricing.
Vendor: Valore Books
Students have the option to rent, buy, and sell textbooks on this site. There are new and used textbook options.
CheapestTextbooks.com is a search engine where you can compare options from popular sites.
BookFinder.com is also a search engine that will help you compare options across multiple vendors.
BigWords.com is another search engine that lets you compare costs across multiple vendors. They consider total cost by factoring in shipping costs, promotional discounts, and the base price of the book, making it easy to compare options.
Article written by Shelly Burkey, Student Success Advisor