According to College Board, “The yearly books-and-supplies in-state estimate for the average full-time undergraduate student at a four-year public college is about $1,298.” As a college student myself, I understand the burden of trying to find affordable textbooks that are required while figuring out the cost benefits of renting as opposed to buying. Check out this list below of five great websites to ease the process of getting textbooks this semester!
Chegg has an option to rent textbooks rather than selling them. One perk to this option is that students have the ability to get textbooks much cheaper without having to worry about holding onto them when they are done with the book. In the Chegg search bar, students can look for books using the ISBN or the exact name of the book. If you rent a book, it is important to be aware of your book’s due date. When you are completely finished with the book or realize you may not need to the book after all, head back over to Chegg and print out a shipping label and then send them right back. Super easy! NOTE: Chegg does not guarantee supplemental material with textbooks (e.g. CDs, DVDS, access codes, or lab manuals)
Better World Books is a great option for the socially conscious students who care about the environment. As an eco-friendly company, Better World Books collects used books while saving them from landfills and also assists in funding literacy projects both in the United States and around the world. Not only are their books affordable but Better World Books has a Book for Book promise: For every book purchased through their website, Better World Book donates a book to someone who needs it through Books for Africa and Feed the Children.
With approximately more than 10 million books available in stock, Textbooks.com has an entire plethora of textbooks. Students have the option to buy, rent, or sell textbooks while getting free shipping on orders over $25. A few other benefits to using this site include: hassle-free 30-day returns, a guarantee to receive 50% back on the price of a book when purchasing a “cash back book,” and receiving the best cash-back price compared to other sites.
Since its founding in 2007, Campus Book Rentals has been on the path to making a college education affordable again. In fact, Campus Book Rentals started renting textbooks so that students can avoid the high purchasing costs and the hassle of buyback programs. They also know how important getting a college education is for most students. Like most books you rent, Campus Books Rentals also allows students to highlight inside their books.
Out of all the suggestions on this list, I definitely use eCampus.com the most. Aside from being able to rent, buy, and sell regular textbooks, eCampus also has the ability for students to search for e-textbooks as well. Another great feature of this site is the “Marketplace,” which allows students to see how much their books cost from other third-party sellers.
Whether you plan on renting texbooks or buying them new or used, understanding where and how to find your textbooks will save you time while putting a few extra dollars in your pocket. Make sure to check a few different sites to compare prices, and don’t wait too long to get your textbooks – being first in line will help you get the best bargain.