Book Prices

Christina - posted on 08/10/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am getting ready to start my next semester of school. Since I have a newborn and my college offers it, I am taking the majority of my classes online. However, I still have to purchase my textbooks. I looked at the prices today and I shudder at the near thought of it. Most of my books from my bookstore are $50.00 or more - two of them cost $168.00 and $220.00. I am looking at roughly $600.00 in textbooks alone!

However, I did find a textbook site that offers several different options. Textbooks.com offers the options to buy a new, used, or rent the book. I can even purchase an e-book. However, I am a little skeptical and want to be sure I have my books in time for school. Has anyone else used this sort of site before? I know there are local bookstore options but here in Shreveport we really don't have many used textbook stores.

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Olga - posted on 08/11/2010

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Hey!
Well first of all what are you taking? I took nursing my first time to college and I can honestly I did NOT need all the textbooks on that list lol. If you want go to class a few times and see if you NEED a text book (i.e you're using it a lot) if not you can probably get by with just borrowing from the school library from time to time or share with a friend =) Textbooks.com is a legit site though i'm not sure how fast they deliver. Also your school shoudl have some kind of communication site for students which you can put out an ad asking if anyone is selling their book from your program or look on a flyer board at school

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Brittany - posted on 08/28/2010

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Good luck! I have been in college for the past two years and have used three different websites to get my textbooks from and have never had a problem (I always compare to get the best prices). They are:
1. Amazon.com
2. Barnes and Noble.com
3. Half.com
(and of course textbooks.com; however they do sell their books on all the above sites, so it would be the same). You can compare between all the sites and see who has the best deals. When about to buy books though, look at the ratings of the sellers and see if they are trustworthy and have mostly good ratings. On Barnes and Noble.com and Amazon.com, some of the books even qualify for free shipping...so you just have to check it out. Hope this helps!

Jennifer - posted on 08/21/2010

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cheapbooks.com allows you to see all the different vendors and their prices from lowest to highest. It takes the shopping around aspect out of it. I have used this site for 3 years now and will never buy books any other way.

User - posted on 08/19/2010

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Yes indeed, I have used them. Though I purchased it through amazon and they are sellers on that site as well. I am almost done with my degree and I have always purchased 85% of the time my books on Amazon, they have people like me as well that sell the textbook back to make some money only to purchase another textbook needed also. What is going to be your Major? Good luck ~ DG

Kerri - posted on 08/16/2010

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Textbooks.com is reliable, I've used it before. But you need to leave at least a week for delivery. Sometimes there's an overlap and it's a pain.
I don't recommend renting a book unless you really need to. In my opinion, its a rip off. And most rentals are monthly or a fee every couple months. It's not worth it.
I recently discovered a site called "bigwords.com" that has been helpful. Its a search engine that offers low prices.
Online courses usually require the textbooks but it wouldn't be a bad idea to email the professors ahead of time to ask.
Another site that I've used is textbooksrus.com
The electronic books are cheaper but they too have an expiration so you have to be careful about that. I'd recommend checking your library. Sometimes you can get the text there and just return it when your done or make photo copies- although I'm not sure that's legal, but if you aren't selling your photo copy, who's gonna care? 0:)
I always buy my books online whenever possible. Campu bookstores are such a rip off! I just got my history of psychology textbook for $50 instead of 140-160 like the campus store wanted!

Christina - posted on 08/12/2010

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I've looked into renting them but I'm just afraid about the shipping back and forth stuff. I think I am going to end up purchasing my books from my bookstore this semester and then trying something new next semester. It's just going to be easier that way since my baby is BRAND new and I really don't have time to do much shopping around!

Jessica - posted on 08/12/2010

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try chegg.com, you rent the books for the semester than send them back, i've never used it, but i've had many friends use it and sear by it!!

Lesli - posted on 08/12/2010

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Also, many schools offer digital books which are cheaper than textbooks, but you can't sell them back. I guess it all depends on what you want to do!

Lesli - posted on 08/12/2010

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I use textbooks.com too! They seem to have the best prices, and then my bookstore would always buy them back for more than what textbooks.com would offer. Good luck!

Christina - posted on 08/11/2010

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I am taking classes for my associates as a pharmaceutical technician. But ultimately, I am working towards my doctorate in pharmacology. Most of my classes are online this semester since I have a newborn here at home. I know from my history at this college that when teachers require a text, you are going to need to have your own personal copy of the text. They tend to assign nightly readings and have daily quizzes following the assigned readings. The college I'm at now tends to feel the need to "babysit" their students to ensure we're doing what we're supposed to be. It drives me nuts but that is an entirely different story! I appreciate your help though and I'm glad to hear that textbooks.com is legit!

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