There are so many online sites now specializing in textbooks. We've compiled a few of them here to help you buy, rent and sell at the best prices.
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Buy and sell directly to other students at CSUSM and keep 100% of the profit! In addition, Texts.com searches over 25 online sites to show you the best prices for new, used, rental, ebooks, older editions and even open-source books. Create a wishlist and they'll let you know when the book is available.
Compare offers for your textbooks from over 35 book buyback vendors with a single search. Enter your textbook's ISBN and you'll immediately see who will pay you the most for your textbooks. Oh, and BookScouter is 100% free with no registration required.
Rent digital textbooks for $3-$5 a day. While this won't work for all classes, it could be useful under certain circumstances. Money spent on daily rentals can be directly converted to a semester or year-long rental of the book. Use their search engines to find the best rental, purchase and sell-back prices. Ship the books for free when you use a Packback shipping label.
Search hundreds of booksellers from one site. Buy, sell, or rent, with free shipping both ways. Campus books even checks the local libraries for your tets, and will help you decide whether to buy or rent using their total cost of ownership comparisons. Ranked #1 textbook rental site by Toptenreviews.com
Slugbooks will compare prices between loads of online vendors. You can also buy and sell directly from other students. A new feature allows you to enter the ISBNs of all your textbooks at the same time and it will return price comparisons for each one.
SUSM Follet Bookstore will match price against Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chegg, or a local campus competitor. See their website for terms and conditions.
Rent or buy books or ebooks. Free courtesy eTextbook for 7 days while you wait for your physical copy. 21 day return policy and free shipping over $25.
Similar to Chegg, with 14 day return policy and free shipping over $49.
One more place to buy, rent or sell texts andetexts, with same terms as Bookbyte.
Search VitalSource for etexts from over 40 publishers and save up to 70% or more over the cost of a
physical text. etext rentals available as well. Take advantage of the CourseSmart
etext reader's features including offline reading and limited printing. Even subscribe to your classmates'
and instructors' highlights and notes to view in your book.
One of the best kept secrets is the library's 113,000+ e-book collection. Use the Books, Media & More search tab, and change the "search in" dropdown to Online Resources.
* Don't forget to check the publisher's website - you may be able to buy by the chapter.
These Open Education Resources ( OER) are free to use, however in many cases they are not an exact replacement for a publisher's textbook.