In the last post I shared tips on traditional means of acquiring your textbooks through campus bookstores/co-ops, classmates, friends , etc. Today, I’m suggesting two of my favorite textbook sale/rental websites to purchase and/or rent your new and used course materials. Don't miss the bus children.
Textbooks.com features a list of authorized sellers with competitive prices that can help you find your textbook at the best price. The site also offers varying prices for the condition of the books. You can purchase books that are new, slightly new, good, or acceptable condition. Textbooks.com sorts prices from least to greatest and provides a range of shipping options ranging from next day delivery to standard business delivery. You can also track your orders on their website after they have been shipped and communicate directly with the book seller. Finally, textbooks.com also provides a platform for you to sell your used books to the next student in need.
*Quick Tip*- When searching for textbooks online, searching by ISBN number is quicker and much more efficient than searching by book title and author. There are thousands of the textbooks out there with the same name, publishing house, etc. Searching by ISBN ensures you receive the right edition/volume of the textbook that you are shopping for. This number is typically the ten digit number above or below the barcode on the outside cover of the book. I figured I'd throw that in here for free! READ ON!
This is a new approach to acquiring textbooks. Personally, I'm slightly P.O’d that this service was not available during my undergraduate years especially as I am uber impressed with the services that Campusbookrentals.com provides. In addition to fast and fabulous customer service, Campus Book Rentals offers a host of other amenities. You can rent your textbooks and return them at the end of the semester. There is a 30 day worry free guaranteed that ensures your money back should you drop or change classes. The site also offers a range of rental periods as well as the option to extend your rental should you need your books a little longer than anticipated. Campusbookrentals.com even provides a prepaid envelope for free shipping for book returns!!! Yes hunny, FREE!!! The company promises that book delivery is always on time and if there are any problems you can call and speak to an actual HUMAN customer service representative. Ya'll know I can't take those automated recording and machines and things. Finally, renting is a great way to save especially for those who buy brand new books at the start of the semester only to get your feelings hurt during buy back season. The meager penance offered after you've shelled out 2/3 of your summer earnings for textbooks is downright insulting. This company also host monthly scholarships and giveaways on FB and Twitter. You could enter to win free rental service and end up with all of your textbook for nothing. For the Flipping Win!!!
I've already started browsing the net for the best deals on my books this semester and I encourage you all to join me.
I hope this is a help to someone. Take care and let's make this semester GREAT! Don’t forget to check back for the next post on Friday!