There's a vast realm of information available to college students regarding the best way to save money on textbooks. While some of this information is useful, a lot of it is downright misleading, and can actually cause students to spend more money! It's important to sift through all the information thrown your way, and make educated decisions on how you want to get your textbooks.
- Don't automatically go for the newest option. Every year, companies cash in on back-to-school season and introduce some "new, groundbreaking" system for saving money on textbooks. While these new ways of saving money may receive a lot of press, that doesn't mean that they're the best thing, they're just the most recent addition to the market. It's always more beneficial to research all of your options, rather than hopping on the bandwagon.
- Ask your professor if you can buy an older edition of your textbook. If they say okay, go for it! Older editions are always less expensive, and generally aren't much different.
- Compare prices, if you do decide to buy a book. Websites like CampusBooks.com compare prices to buy, sell, and rent, finding the best deal for you, whether that's an e-book, used, new or rental textbook.
- Don't discount e-books. Although the new textbook rental service for Kindle is really limited, you should still search it for your book, because if it is there, it will be a good deal.