The cost of college textbooks has risen over the last ten years to the point where they are in competition with the inflated tuition costs student are faced with. But there are ways to curb these exorbitant text book costs.
Make sure what the professor wants for his class, which might include class notes or extra reading materials. A personal contact is best to see exactly what is required for the course. An older edition may suffice if there have not been significant changes according to the faculty member.
A trip to the college bookstore is a good idea to also corroborate the essential materials for the course. Eliminate any unnecessary course materials by reviewing what is on hand at the bookstore. Also gives you a chance to compare prices due to the mark-up that college bookstores include in the price of the textbook. Compare prices on ebay, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel. Also check for used books in the bookstore.
Check online for deals on textbooks. However be careful on delivery dates of the book to insure you have the text in time for the start of class and don’t fall behind in the class work. Be sure your buying the correct edition of the class text and have the correct title. Some book sellers are also offering texts to rent. This could be a real money saver if returned on time to avoid late fees.
Selling your book back to the bookstore or to a fellow student can also save you money. But be sure to do this in plenty of time before the start of the next school term or semester.
The idea that paper hardbound college textbooks will be a thing of the past is still up for debate. Electronic textbooks have definite advantages other then saving trees. Updating them is much easier and they can be more specifically arranged for a particular class and faculty member. But until the publishers find a method of making money on electronic textbooks, you’ll still see the paper back or hardcover text being used. Always remember it takes an educated consumer to get the most out of your education and save money as well.
Information for this blog was taken from a FORBES blog (8/28/2014) written by Reyna Gobel, who writes about how to select colleges and how to pay for them.