Back in the day college students had few options when it came to textbooks. They walked into their campus bookstore, found the materials they needed, walking out with a heavy load of books and a big dent in their checking account. Now there are many ways to save big on books, including scoring some for free.
The innovative non-profit OpenStaxCollege.org has an impressive goal: provide free textbooks to ten million students. OpenStax is now developing free, digital textbooks as a way to lower costs for school systems and college kids. Even if you're not a student you can download the full version of ten textbooks for free.
Amazon Text Books Store
Save your money for new skinny jeans and rent your books from the Amazon Textbooks Store. Amazon promises to save students up to 90% when you buy used or up to 80% when you rent your books. Two-day shipping is free and you may even be exempt from paying sales tax in some states.
Suffering from back problems? Avoid a stiff neck and load your textbooks on your tablet instead. ECampus.com offers a subscription service to help students access digital versions of thousands of textbooks. The print textbook is enhanced with high-speed search when it's turned into a digital copy.
If school's already started and you still don't have your textbooks TextBookRush may be a great option. Book rentals are available at a discount of up to 90% off the list price. Plus shipping is free on orders over $35. And when you're done you can sell your books back quickly by printing a free return label on the website.
The numbers are pretty huge. BookRenter.com claims to have saved students more than $6 million in just 72 hours. The site specializes in textbook rentals, offering free shipping both ways. And for students who like to put their highlighter to use, you won't be penalized.
By Alison Storm
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