If you look at your expenditure pattern in college days, you will recognize that a large part goes to textbook buying. Due to increase in cost for materials and printing, text books are becoming more expensive. Price is going up by 22% (approximately) with every passing year. There are some useful tips that can help you save a sizeable sum on textbook expenses.
These days, people search internet for buying books and/or getting the latest edition. There are some sites that compare the prices of books on offer by the online sellers. If you enter the author’s name or title of the book in search box, the site will enlist the offers currently available. You will also get to know if the book is new or used. All these will help you get the cheapest price even for a new book.
Use of textbook coupons will reduce your expenses. Many booksellers offer coupons at the starting of an academic session. These coupons get you 10%-12% discount on quoted price on the textbooks.
Consider using an older edition. However before buying, you must seek your professor’s advice. As lesson update is done in every academic year, so the professors are well familiar with how much changes are done in the new edition. If the previous edition contains the most important details, you can go well with the older textbook; it will come cheaper on pocket.
Consider book sharing with friends, this will benefit all. Give this proposal to your roommate or a classmate. Buy different textbooks and share them.
Instead of buying a new textbook, you can rent it. Online sites are dime a dozen that rent out textbooks. You can also get the same offer from your campus bookstores. You may have to pay a small amount of rental price and at the end of scheduled time, need to give back the book.
Renting digital textbook is a virgin idea. Digital books are immediately available and come cheaper on pocket too. However, you will get no resale value from the digital books. After the rental period ends, these books will expire and you can’t avail them on computers.
Get a library card. The college libraries have a larger stock of the reference books which will serve your purpose.
Some colleges have a wonderful arrangement for campus textbook exchange meet. News of these meeting comes on bulletin boards or craigslist. From there you get to learn who are willing to sell their old books.
Consider buying internal versions for your textbook. These books have thin pages, quality printing and a paper cover. They have a good resale value in the overseas market.
Buy early. The textbooks too have demand and supply side and price is determined at the intersection point of these two aspects. Shop early when the sellers have aplenty of stocks and you can make some serious saving on your textbooks.