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By Laura Subscribe to RSS | July 17th 2012 | Views:

Buying cheap college textbooks is not that easy. Picking the right source to buy a new or used college textbook cheap takes a little planning, not much. But some is it worth it to buy discount college textbooks? You bet. After tuition, room and board the costs of college textbooks is the next greatest college expense. Some of the steps you can take to get the cheapest college textbook prices are available.

Taking just a little time to plan your next textbook purchase can be the difference between going broke at the campus bookstore and having money to spend during the semester. Some things to consider are where? When? What? And of course how much?

What? Buy The Right Book Know the author, title and ISBN (International Standard Book Number...a ten or thirteen digit number) usually located near the barcode on the back. ISBN is the best way to insure you have the right book.

When? Start Looking For Cheap Textbooks early...or as early As Possible: First you must find out as early as possible what titles are required for your courses. Find out from course requirements, syllabus. Then find the best prices for each. Believe it or not this is the step that most skip. Don’t go to only one place and buy all required textbooks (usually the campus bookstore or school affiliated website) you'll pay a hefty price.

Where to Look For Cheap College Textbooks?

Not the college bookstore. First check out the library, that’s right the library may have the textbook you need. But time limitations may prevent you from keeping it for the length of your course. Check anyway. It doesn't get any cheaper than this.

Next Check out discount bookstores locally. If you can find a good deal locally you'll save on shipping costs and have it immediately.

Search on the Internet and buy the college textbook online. Basically any college textbook prices online will always be cheaper than the bookstores. However check multiple sites to find the cheapest possible college text book price. Shop around online but don't waste time with too many places. Many online merchants for example; Amazon and Abe books etc. offer huge inventories, quick shipping options and also offer free shipping.

Another good source for or low-cost college textbooks are online auction marketplaces. Your book choices may be limited but you might just get a steal of a deal for the exact textbook you need.

How Much? Cheap Used College Textbooks vs. New

Plain and simple new textbooks will cost more than used ones. You will be the first owner to break the shrink wrap so missing pages, supplements or software won't be a problem. You know there will be no writing in or other possible damage from the previous owner.

However, cheap used college textbooks will serve you well in most cases. Just be sure to buy the right book from reputable sites online. Read the descriptions clearly for the condition of the book and inspect the textbook well if you buy from a local off campus bookstore. Of course this is the cheapest option for your textbooks and the best value.

My experience with buying used college textbooks online and off-campus is great. It appears the previous owners took care of the books knowing in advance they would want to sell them after use. You can buy used textbooks cheap with no damage; keep them that way and sell them back when you are finished.

So in a nutshell start your textbook search as early as possible, check multiple sources for the best college textbook prices and shipping if online, decide if you want to buy a new or used college textbook and sell back the textbook. This little planning can save you a lot of money not only this semester but every semester, regardless if you choose a cheap college textbook new or a cheap used college textbook, online or locally.

Laura - About Author:
Save Up to 90% on used college textbooks. Sell Textbooks for Cash. Best textbooks buyback prices. Compare new, used and rental textbook prices to find cheapest option.

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