There is no doubt that purchasing college textbooks can be a costly endeavor. For that reason, it comes as no surprise that so many people are looking for ways to save money while still getting the college textbooks they need. If you are one of these people, here is a look at a few alternatives to traditional textbooks that you might want to explore.
Buy Digital Chapters
Depending upon the textbook you need, you may be able to access a digital version of the book online. Purchasing these ebooks can save a significant amount of money, with chapters of some ebooks being available for as little as $1.99. Depending upon the digital format used to with the ebook, you may even be able to digitally highlight important parts of the book and you can even add notes in the margin of your online book.
CourseSmart.com was formed by five major textbook publishers: John Wiley & Sons Inc., Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Cengage Learning, and Bedford, Freeman & Worth Publishing Group. Here, you can access thousands of different textbooks that are available through these publishers. New book titles are added to the site on a regular basis.
Download the Classics
In addition to textbooks, you can download numerous classics of literature online also. Not only are these downloadable versions convenient to obtain, they are often far less expensive than purchasing the hardback or even paperback version of the book. So, rather than going out and purchasing several books for your Lit class, consider downloading them instead.
If you are someone who likes to have the "real deal" and you don't want to download a digital version of your books, or if you simply are not comfortable with downloading textbooks, you can still turn to the Internet for help. Here, you should be able to find new and used books for much lower prices than what you will find at the campus bookstore. So, whether you are downloading your books or simply looking for the best textbook prices possible, the Internet is the place to look!