Saturday, April 4, 2009

How to find cheap college textbooks...

I don't know about you, but I HATE paying bookstore prices for my textbooks. I've been a college student for some time now and let me tell ya, those books can really eat up your budget if you let them. As a nursing student, I'm quickly finding out that there are a TON of books they want you to have (whether you're really going to use them or not). So, I thought I'd share some pointers with anyone who could use some...

  1. Try to get the textbook information from your college bookstore for the particular classes you're enrolled in. Either call them or visit in person (some bookstores will give you the info over the phone, some won't). Write down the book title, author, edition and ISBN from the back. Also write down any supplements that come with it and whether it's a required text or an optional text.
  2. Email your instructors to find out which books they actually require for their particular class and which ones you might be able to do without.
  3. Go online to and enter your book information. This is a great site that will show you tons of online bookstores that carry your books and you can comparison shop through that site.
  4. When you're done with the books, go back to, ebay or craigslist to sell them.
I usually save about 50% on my textbooks and sometimes I'm able to sell them for more than I paid for them at the end of the semester.


  1. You might want to consider as a resale option as well. I've used them and found the site very simple.