Textbooks are a necessary part of a good education, but they can quickly become costly. The easy option is to purchase directly from the school, but textbooks can be found cheaply if you know where to look. Discounted books can be found from several sources, including local stores, directly from individuals, and online resources.
Textbooks are usually most expensive when purchased directly from the school. Comparing college textbook prices with other bookstores in the area may find a significant savings. Even if a store does not have a particular textbook in stock they may be able to special order it. Sometimes books are not available in physical retail locations but they are available from online retailers. Internet searches using the title, author, and isbn number should find online sellers on almost all reputable bookselling sites.
If your teen is attending the class with a friend, an option may be to split the cost of the book and share it. If that is not possible, the school library may have a copy they can use. Often textbooks are held on reserve at the library, meaning it is available for use inside the library but may not be checked out. This ensures that the book will be available when needed. These strategies works well if your teen is motivated and organized. Another option is to acquire the book directly from someone who has already completed the class and no longer has a need for it.
There is a large market of used textbooks. Used textbooks are often lightly used and still in good condition, sometimes almost new. School bookstores often buy back textbooks at the end of each semester and have a used section of the store. Make sure to check for used copies early, as they can sell out quickly. There are also several online retailers of textbooks, and often the used copies are listed alongside new copies, complete with detailed descriptions of condition. A basic internet search will find these listings. Look for sellers that have lots of positive customer feedback as well as fast shipping times.
Every parent wants the best for their student and finding textbooks at a discounted price can allow budget flexibility to increase their educational options. Checking local bookstores and online retailers, making arrangements with friends who are familiar with the class, utilizing the library, or purchasing used copies are all good strategies for finding discounted textbooks.