There are options for students for saving money when it comes to buying course materials. In a recent column for the Los Angeles Times, Kathy M. Kristof suggested a number of ways for saving money on text books.
Students should see if they can buy older editions of required text books, which may be cheaper. Students should also keep in mind that some books may come in softcover editions, which are cheaper than their hardcover counterparts.
When shopping for books, students may consider buying books used. Along with finding used books at their campus bookstore, students may be able to find bargains on used books from internet booksellers.
When it comes to shopping on the internet, there is also another option for saving money on textbooks. Some online merchants offer rental textbooks, which may be an option if a student doesn’t plan on keeping the book. When looking at rental textbooks, students should keep in mind they may be charged if they write in them.
According to the New York Times, a number of college textbook companies are also renting textbooks, including Cengage Learning and the Follett Higher Education Group. Given what students may pay, it may be no wonder they are doing so. The Times report states that on average students may pay between $700 and $1,100 for textbooks during an academic year.