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How to Buy Your College Textbooks Cheap

1. Before the semester begins, find out required text(s) for a course (from the bookstore), and email the instructor to confirm whether an older edition would be acceptable. The difference between editions can be well over $100. Also doublecheck if online access (such as through Pearson) is required--usually online access includes the etext, and publishers might offer an additional looseleaf copy at a low price.

2. Check Amazon for the cheapest used copy of the text (including older editions, if the instructor allows use of older editions). Looseleaf copies can't be resold online, but are usually significantly cheaper. You might also consider renting. But before buying from Amazon--

3. Just in case, Google the title of the text and "pdf" or "free ebook" to check if it's available online. www.gutenberg.org offers over 54,000 free ebooks, for example.

4. If no free copies are available,  try www.addall.com, which searches over 40 used book sites, including Am…