6 Ways Students Can Save Money For Textbooks

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Aside from high tuition fees, there are still a lot of things that students need to shell out money for. One of these important requirements for school is textbooks.

Students should start preparing now so that they won’t get stressed out come September. USA Today shared six ways that students can save money on textbooks.

1. Check the alternatives.

Students should use their summer to start planning for school. After getting the list of required textbooks, check the things you can do. In order to save, students can usually rent, buy used, get an e-book or buy a previous edition of a textbook.

There are more savings now since the gap between new and used textbook prices have gone up to $82 for a new book and just $59 for a used one. This is a $23 saving, higher than the $15 back in 2011-2012.

2. Sell your old books.

You should sell your old textbooks if you don’t need to come back to the same subject later in your studies. You can post them online and earn extra cash for them. You can also go for Amazon’s textbook trade-in where you can get a gift card from the retailer for turning in old books that are still in good condition.

3. Sell anything else you don’t need.

There’s a big chance that you have a lot of stuff lying around that could help you save money for textbooks. Sell the things that you don’t need. This way, you’ll earn extra money and de-clutter at the same time.

4. Apply for a summer job.

While summer jobs can no longer take up the whole burden of paying for your college education, it can help in managing the cost for other requirements such as textbooks. There are a lot of short-term gigs for the college students especially with the on-demand economy aided by Uber and DoorDash, among others.

5. Sync with your friends.

Know what classes your friends are planning to take. This way, you can split the cost of a single book or you can borrow from a friend who has already taken the class you will be taking up.

6. Look for textbook scholarships.


Finding The Cheapest Textbook Rental Prices in Two Easy Steps

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Finding The Cheapest Textbook Rental Prices in Two Easy Steps


College Textbook Retailer Receives Highest 5-Star Rating from TopConsumerReviews.com

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Standing in long lines at the college bookstore trying to buy college textbooks can be a thing of the past. Increasingly, students are turning to online college textbook stores that provide competitive pricing on the same books found on campus. Many college students are even taking advantage of services that allow them to rent their textbooks, rather than buying them outright, which saves them both time and money.

“College can be expensive, but using BookRenter for your textbooks can make it much more affordable,” according to Brian Dolezal, of TopConsumerReviews.com, LLC. “BookRenter makes it possible for students to buy or rent both used and new college textbooks at a fraction of the prices found in campus bookstores. With more than 5 million books available, students can easily find the books they need. BookRenter has created the simplest, most cost-effective way to get college textbooks, with flexible rental terms and low prices for buying new and used editions as well. With an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and many satisfied customers, BookRenter gets our highest ranking for College Textbooks in 2016.”

To find out more about BookRenter and other providers of College Textbooks, including reviews and comparison rankings, please visit the College Textbooks Products category of TopConsumerReviews.com at http://www.topconsumerreviews.com/college-textbooks/.

If You’re Buying Textbooks This Week, Get Educated, Not Schooled

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When a semester of textbooks can add up to a couple (or three or four) hundred dollars, hitting the checkout line at the campus bookstore is a distressing experience for many students, to say the least. TechCrunch has some solutions.

Analog solutions to this problem include: borrowing from the library, borrowing from friends who’ve already taken the class, and photocopying from those foolish enough to buy the book in exchange for beer.

Or, you know, you could turn to the plethora of digital resources out there for help.

If you really don’t want to spend money on books, Boundless is a free service that aligns its e-textbooks with other popular texts by chapter across 20 subjects. In classes like Accounting and Psych 101 where many textbooks provide the same information, this can be a big money saver. Boundless is also launching a premium option, which includes study help in the form of active recall quizzes at the price of $19.99 per book.

Textbook giant Chegg,  gives students a lot of options. You can buy new or used, rent a hard copy, or rent an e-text from 60 days up to a year. There’s a certain advantage to that last option, which is that you’re never going to forget to turn your rental back in and get charged the full amount. Just saying. You can also sell textbooks through the site.

Just in time for this school year, Google has also gotten in on the textbook game with e-text rentals available in the Google Play store.

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Are Electronic Textbooks for Everyone? Not Necessarily


As students start to buy their textbooks for this semester, a new utility –  the eBook – is gaining substantial popularity and publicity. However, there is  one serious drawback that many eTextbook users have failed to consider – the  open book exam.

While eTextbooks offer some benefits, such as interactive learning and the  ability to avoid carrying around heavy textbooks, there are two serious  drawbacks for many college students.

The first is price. While an eTextbook, in many cases, is downloadable to a  laptop, students will have to carry the laptop to their class, find a power  outlet, and deal with the possibility that their expensive laptop could be  destroyed while on campus. If a student does not want to carry around their  laptop, eReaders are available, but there are some drawbacks. The first is that  the eTextbook that a student downloads may not necessarily be compatible with  all eTextbook readers. While most will work, because of all of the emerging  eTextbook companies, this could be problematic. Furthermore, eTextbook readers  are costly in and of themselves, with prices ranging from $100 – $300 or more.  Finally, eTextbooks are usually more expensive than buying, even new textbooks,  within the secondary market. A textbook comparison site will compare textbook  prices, and generally eTextbooks are 3 or 4 times the cost of what a student  could find a new textbook for.

The second drawback – and perhaps the most important – is the case of the  open book exam. When a student is allowed to use their textbook during an exam,  most of the time professors will not allow a student to have any electronic  equipment available while taking the test. Therefore, students that use  eTextbooks, either on a reader, or on a laptop, may be seriously disadvantaged  if a professor offers them the ability to use their textbook while sitting for  an exam. Since computers and most readers not only allow students to store notes  and other information, but connect to the Internet, it is doubtful that a  professor would allow someone to use these devices – as it would be unfair to  the other students that simply have a book.

Furthermore, a student can use an eTextbook (if the software allows it) to  print off some chapters, but the added costs of paper, and the fact that a  professor cannot guarantee that only the eTextbook information was printed may  prevent the student from using this on an open book exam. Finally, even if a  professor did allow printing of an eTextbook, the costs – at an average of $0.10  per page to print, for a 300 or 400 page selection of the text would cost the  student up to $40. If they do this for the midterm and the final, spending $80  in total, the student will spend many times more than what they could have spent  buying the textbook in the online market.

In short, while eTextbooks offer some great, enhanced content and other  advantages, they will not necessarily save a savvy student any money, and the  student may have to purchase a textbook anyway at either the midterm or the end  of the semester – if a professor allows an open book exam.

A serial entrepreneur, Derek Haake is the founder of Campushift.com that allows college students to compare  textbook prices easily and save up to 80%. Campushiftis a new type of social  network designed to redefine the textbook marketplace by providing students with  access to a free textbook swap database. A student for five and a half years,  Haake was inspired to create Campushift after earning his BA in Political  Science from the University of Texas at Arlington, his MBA from the University  of Akron College of Business, and his JD from the University of Akron School of  Law. After spending a small fortune on textbooks for each of his degrees, Haake  was determined to design a more affordable and sensible way for students to  purchase their books by drawing on his background in software development.  Previously, Haake was an analyst for ALLTEL and he has been a founder or owner  of three different companies in telecommunications and software.

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Facts About Chegg Textbook Rentals

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Just read Martin Rojas’ post on renting textbooks at Chegg. Good article on textbook renting but not many comments. I would be interested to hear what others have to say. My comment was:

Rental is a great way to save money up front.  Buying a used textbook and selling it back may be ultimately cheaper but also has risks if the resale price  drops. I always use a price comparison service to compare rental rates and used rates.

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Cheap textbooks easy to find

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Saw this article by LAUREN IRWIN  on tips to find cheap textbooks in The Maroon and thought she made some good points. What do you think?

Do not let textbook costs become the wet blanket to your new semester excitement. There are numerous tactics that allow scholars to save cash on textbooks from purchasing used or selecting an ebook to looking comparison internet sites or using renting services.  According to  University  Board, the average undergraduate student at a personal varsity spent $1,213 on books and supplies in the 2011-12 college year.  “I’m on a budget,” Caroline Hoffmann, history senior, declared.  “I’d rather spend a day scouring the  Net  so as to find inexpensive textbooks than the convenience and high costs of the bookstore.” That day-long search would possibly not be obligatory with new research tools.  As of 2008, schools are needed by The Further Education Opportunity Act to list textbooks’ ISBNs in course lists, giving scholars advance notice of texts’ costs and permitting them to research prices for a superior deal.  With public access to ISBNs, strong online textbook shopping has ensued.  Many comparison sites ,eg half.com and BigWords.com, have grown in popularity, making online textbook shopping even simpler.  Some students have even taken action ,eg Michael White, previous Tufts  Varsity  undergraduate student and founder of comparison internet site GetchaBooks.com.  “We were provoked with bookstore costs and seeing our buddies get ripped off,” White recounted.  “We made GetchaBooks to keep finding textbooks simple and cheap, collecting ISBNs from universities across the land and costs from trusted online book sellers like Amazon and Half.com.” The comparison format speaks for itself. Let us take the World Civilization to 1650 text “Worlds Together, Worlds Apart” for example : it’s priced around the Loyola bookstore new for $148.50 and used for $111.50, but GetchaBooks shows the same edition can be bought for $70.52 at Half.com, $85.99 on Amazon and $70.61 on Amazon  Market-place .

White means that scholars use comparison sites to buy used books but to also find the best place and time to sell back.  Scholars  can regularly make more cash on a text if they sell them online right before the start of the semester, instead of at the end.  “I buy all my textbooks on Ebay or Amazon because its so much cheaper,” finance senior Crystal Locicero declared.

“I sell them on Ebay and make a descent amount back, but it is often a two-week process.” For those strapped for cash and time, renting textbooks could be a great option.  Scholars  can even window shop for rental costs, comparing eFollet rentals to online rentals, on sites like Chegg.com.  Chegg, commonly referred to as the Netflix of textbooks, saves scholars cash while removing the load of selling back or holding onto texts.

As an example, the same “Worlds Together, World Apart” text can be rented new at the Loyola bookstore for $96.53 and used for $71.28, but may also be rented for as little as $41.48 on Chegg.  “Most of my pals use Chegg it is an extremely cheap and simple service,” enterprize management senior Ali Burdig declared.

“They even give you a box to send it back in.” However before renting ensure you understand the renting agreement.

The result to using Loyola bookstore renting services is that they are in harmony with the end of Loyola’s semester.  “I like rentals –the bookstore allows you to keep the book till after finals and are typically new copies,” Hoffman declared. Don’t really want to hire or buy?  For those cosy sans physical textbooks, using electronic books may become the new best alternative.  Scholars  could even be capable of finding electronic books free online on sites like Flat World  Data  and Textbook Revolution.  Today, even a straightforward Google search with the text’s title and “PDF” may produce a free online copy.  White advises to save cash scholars should not buy their textbooks far ahead.  “Go to class the 1st week or 2 and judge how much you might need a text before purchasing it,” White related.  “If you are not going to want it that much, it’s always possible to share a copy with a classmate or borrow it from the library.

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