College students shopping for textbooks at the campus bookstore are likely to start the year with a case of sticker shock. One remedy: online textbook vendors and apps. Savvy student shoppers are taking advantage of ever more options for buying and renting new, used, and digital textbooks online. Many sites also buy back textbooks at the end of the term, so students can pocket a little cash to put toward books for the next semester.
There are sites that specialize in selling — Alibris, AbeBooks, and Textbooks.com are a few of the major names — and others that focus on renting, like Campus Book Rentals, TextbookSolutions, and Knetbooks. For this roundup, Cheapism.com compared full-service textbook websites to find reliable options that save students money. Here are the top picks for 2018, along with a few other recommended sites for price comparison, ebooks, free open-source textbooks, and buyback.