It's now late July with back-to-school shopping right around the corner. Whether you're personally heading back to class, or somebody you know is enrolled in classes, chances are expensive text books are required. In a traditional college environment, text books are purchased by students at the beginning of a semester, sold back 3 months later at a significantly lower price, and then resold by the bookstore to new students at a ridiculously high price. To avoid getting caught in this cycle - and to save some serious cash in the process - check out these 3 tips for cheaper textbooks.
Amazon Textbook Rentals:
The vastly popular e-reader is entering the textbook rental market. Because they rid of all the costs associated with physical books, Amazon's textbook rental service promises to provide up to 80% savings to students on their textbook purchases. Because of the flexible rental schedules, students only pay for the time they actually need.
Chegg Textbook Rentals:
If you are not the biggest fan of digital books, then Amazon's new rental service probably doesn't appeal to you. In that case, Chegg's physical book rental service might be what you are looking for. With their warehousing, logistics, and inventory management, Chegg is able to deliver affordable textbooks right to your doorstep.
Online Textbook Purchasing:
Sometimes renting textbooks isn't ideal. Maybe its a class for your major and you want to own the book, or maybe you find the class interesting. Whatever the reason may be, sometimes purchasing text books is the best solution. In cases like this there are still plenty of sites that can save you some serious coin over the campus bookstore. For one, check Amazon.com. They have thousands of new and used textbooks at a variety of different price points. Another great resource is half.com, which offers a large selection of books at half off their retail price.
No matter the situation, there are plenty of forwarding thinking tech companies out there looking to save you money in the traditionally costly textbook market. So whether its you, a family member, or just a friend who is headed off to class this fall, clue them in on these great money saving alternatives to the campus bookstore.
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