Savings Are on the Syllabus
As the cost of college continues to rise, students have become savvier consumers. They’re taking advantage of ever more options for acquiring textbooks and other course materials and, for many, online vendors and apps have supplanted the campus bookstore.
There are sites that specialize in selling — Alibris, AbeBooks, and Textbooks.com are a few of the major names — and others, like Campus Book Rentals, TextbookSolutions, and Knetbooks, that deal only in rentals. We focused our research on full-service textbook websites that sell and rent new, used, and digital textbooks. They also have buyback options for the end of the term, so students can pocket a little cash to put toward books for the next semester. We reviewed their policies and analyzed consumer feedback to land on four top sites for reliable savings and one-stop shopping.
For those who still want to shop around, we recommend notable sites for price comparison, ebooks, free open-source textbooks, and textbook buyback. Pro tip: It pays to be at the head of the class when ordering. For rentals and used books, in particular, prices can be fairly fluid and shift based on supply and demand.