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For the past 16 years Affordabook has helped students save thousands of dollars by finding the cheapest textbooks for sale and for rent online.

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If you are looking for a best-selling novel or any other book, our website can help you find the best price for it in mere seconds. No need to visit many different textbook websites and online bookstores to compare prices, we'll find the cheapest price for you instantly.

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Why Do Textbooks Cost So much?

Textbooks aren't cheap. The cost of school books for a full year of college and university can be over $1,200.00, whether you attend a community college or an expensive ivy league university.

One reason for the high cost of textbooks is specialization.

Another reason, is that some professors want their students to purchase their own research books, which are usually under contract through a publisher in much lower numbers than what may be found at a mainstream bookstore. And further, limited edition printings required by some courses, may cost more because the press run is smaller than what is normally done by large publishers.

Also, some universities, although diverse in their programs, have set curricula every few years, and have set a listing of special titles students must purchase for each class. And within these set curricula are several text listings that stay in the reading list for one to ten years at a time.

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Where The Money Goes on a $100 Textbook

Where The Money Goes on a $100 Textbook

Expense Percentage Of Cost
Printing Costs 32.4%
Bookstore Costs 17.9%
Marketing Costs 15.4%
Author Royalties 11.6%
Publisher Costs 10%
Publisher Profit 7%
Bookstore Profit 4.2%
Shipping Costs 1.5%

How To Save

One way to save on your textbooks, is to compare prices among many web sites and buy or rent them from the cheapest textbook websites.

While textbook prices have dropped around 15% over the past three years (as of March 2020), prices are still too high for the average college student. That's where Affordabook comes in, we compare prices at the most trusted and reliable online textbook stores to help you save some dough! To get started do a search at the top of the page.

So, if you are wondering how to get cheap college textbooks and how to find cheap textbooks, Affordabook can help.

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