Monday, November 7, 2011

Expensive or Hard to Find Textbooks: Some tricks to find cheap textbooks

When I teach writing or literature courses, I try to assign books that aren’t terribly costly. I understand the financial challenges that being a student can present. This semester, one literature anthology that I’ve used a number of times was no longer easily found and the prices skyrocketed. I looked online, asked around and found a few good spots to look for books in general. Let me know if you have any additional suggestions.

Your school or local library might have the books available

Rent your books on Chegg

Your school bookstore might sell used copies of the books

Indiebound, which brings together independent bookstores, might help you to be able to find your book while supporting a local bookseller

Try the book publisher’s website which might list a number of places that sell the book

Ebay’s Half.Com has a great selection

Amazon has used and new textbooks


Ken said...

I have been advocating for free and open textbooks for a few years now. Check the resources at

Chloe Yelena Miller said...

Wow - that's really interesting. Thanks so much for sharing, Ken!

Dunitz said...

The Web is a great resource for cheap books also we can ask older friends who may have taken the class in recent years if they've kept the old textbook or books.Also cheap books can be found with price comparison websites.