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To Buy or not to Buy College
Text Books?

 

First time college students quickly learn that marching down to the campus bookstore and laying down $200 for a new textbook is not one of the joys in life. Unfortunately you need the book for class and, until recently, buying the book on campus was pretty much the only option available to you. Now, you have options that were not available ten years ago. From renting textbooks to downloading books to your e-reader, today’s students have choices that allow them to balance their needs and habits with book costs. In this article, we’ll review some of the pros and cons of renting, buying, and downloading textbooks.

 
 
 

How do the costs compare?
The most expensive method of obtaining textbooks is to buy the printed book new from the campus book store. Buying the same book online can save some costs, however, to maximize your savings, consider buying used books, renting printed text books, or buying electronic versions. If you want to compare prices, visit textbooks.org and you will be able to compare new, used, rental, and e-book prices from across the internet in one convenient location.

Which way should I go?
With all of these choices available, which is right for you? Only you can answer that question. Give some thought as to how you prefer to use a text book. Do you like to write in the margins? Do you want to share text books with another student? What is your budget for text books? Do you like to keep your textbooks after the course is complete? Make a quick list of features that are important to you and use the list as a guide to making your buying decision.

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