Monthly Archives: September, 2012

How to spend less this year on textbooks

The typical American student spends between $700 and $1,000 every year on textbooks, according to a US  Dep. of Education study.  And that is after scholars or, rather more likely, their mother and father have dished up for class fees, accommodations, meal plans, lab costs, extra costs, and a washing list of other costs.  There’s excellent news.  Amazon is attempting to take some of the sting out of textbook sticker shock with its new textbook rental programme.  Under Amazon’s new programme, scholars can lease textbooks for 130-day periods, about the length of a semester, then ship the textbooks back to Amazon at no charge.  Amazon asserts its rental programme offers up to seventy p.c savings on textbooks compared to retail purchase costs.  Stephen King quiz : How well did you know his books?  “College is costly, and scholars are constantly looking for methods to economize on textbooks,” Ripley MacDonald, Director of Textbooks at, claimed in an announcement.  “With Textbook Rental, Amazon gives scholars yet one more sensible option for saving cash it’s now increasingly easy for scholars to get the books they require in the format they desire, at reasonable prices.” Most titles are available for rental at Amazon in the $30 to $60 range, according to PCMag, which found one macroeconomics textbook that ships for $170 available for rental on Amazon for approximately $46.  Here’s how it functions.  Textbooks ( new or second user, dependent on accessibility ) are shipped at standard costs and scholars may pay a charge for one 15-day extension after their 130-day rental period is over before shipping the book back to Amazon at no charge.  If scholars fail to return the book after the extension, they’re going to be charged the full cost of the book.

Amazon asserted renters can write or highlight in the books “a minimum amount,” but if books are returned with “excessive writing or highlighting,” scholars will be charged the full cost of the book, minus rental costs. This is not the only course for cash-strapped scholars.  Last summer, Amazon showcased its Kindle Textbook Rental service, which permits scholars to hire textbooks on their Kindles or Kindle applications for thirty to 360 days. Earlier in the year, Apple joined the e-textbook trend with the launching of iBooks2, which brings textbooks to the iPad.

Other smaller, enterprising corporations have been offering textbook rentals for a long time including,, and  They publicize savings of nearly ninety %.


Textbook bargains if students do the research

With the beginning of a new college year comes the start of new classes, new chums and new costs.

With tutoring paid, dormitory rooms and flats decorated and prepared for living and meal plans set for spending, we are prepared to take on the issues of our new classes, right?  Sadly , no.  For most scholars, the most terrible cost of the college year is purchasing textbooks.  I went to scout costs for my books this year at the  School   Bookstore, in the hope of spending a tiny bit less on books than I did last year ; this was not right.  I spotted the gigantic line of scholars winding thru the store and, pairing that with the costs of my books, it made me wonder how much cash the store essentially makes on all this text.  What scholars are basically coughing up for when they buy their books isn’t the paper, not the ink, but the certainty that books contain ; the concepts, thoughts and equations that gurus of their field have written down and printed.  This information is very important so helping scholars learn in their various field of study, but if only half the content in the book is covered in class, is it basically worth $300?  The school book shop  is amazing in that it stocks the precise books that instructors use for their classes.  Never will a student ask for a book for their class the book shop doesn’t stock.  Maybe  convenience is cause for high costs.  But where can scholars who need to save a little bit of cash go so as to get their books for less?  I was latterly speaking to a man in one of my research classes about this subject.  He let me know that he purchased his book for only 4 greenbacks rather than the $150 that I was just about to spend on mine.  He simply ordered his online. Although he had to hang about for the book to literally ship to his residence, he saved 96 % on his book matched against the one at the book shop.  Books don’t need to drain your checking account.  The school book shop  is an excellent spot to get your books ; it still is where I am getting almost all of mine.

Nonetheless for people that have a restricted budget or for those deal seekers out there, with a tiny bit of looking and some patience, scholars can spend seriously less money on their compulsory textbooks by getting them thru used bookstores and internet sites like amazon, ebay or

Reducing College Textbook Costs

Students can snap up all of their needed textbooks without sapping all of their funds.

It will take a bit of planning and hustle.  Less-expensive rental and PDF options have broadened.  Apple, for instance, launched its new e-textbooks platform in  Jan , and the Nation’s organisation of  College Stores announces all of its three thousand member stores will have their own rental programs this semester, up from 1,500 in 2010.  Either renting a title or getting it as an ebook could cut each textbook price in half — or better — as book vendors compete.

At Barnes & Noble, “Spanish for Business and Finance” costs $81.34 new, but as little as $19.68 as a rental, a 76% discount. Additionally, an increasing number of professors are making the decision to use supposed open-source textbooks, which are free. That implies more scholars might come up against those texts this semester, Allen claims, and could see more of them if they lobby professors to utilize them. Not every textbook is available as either a rental or an PDF, and pricing varies widely, claims Charles Schmidt, a speaker for the Nation’s organisation of  College Stores.  Scholars  hunting for the best deal could find they have to rent some books, get a few as ebooks and print copies of the rest.  Below are a couple of tips for maxing out your savings.

Weigh book bundles – It is not uncommon for publishers to make online homework additions to go with a textbook. By law, they should offer each part separately, so scholars are not compelled to buy more than they want. It may be less expensive to buy the text and access code for online materials as a bundle instead of separately.  Pearson sells a “Maternal &  Kid  Nursing Care” bundle with a textbook and online access code for $155.40.  The text itself is as inexpensive as $95.80 ( used ) on other sites, but online access costs $66.67 acquired separately — driving the total purchase to $162.47, or five percent  more. Some net access codes are single-use, as well, so purchasing a second hand text or renting may not reduce costs on those additions, asserts Allen.  “That’s burned plenty of students,” she is saying.

Check for coupon codes – There are usually motivations that may cut bills further, or sweeten a pricey  purchase.  Thru  Sept. 30, Amazon has a $5 MP3 credit that is worth $25 in new textbook purchases, and lets users enter the code “AUGRETAIL” thru August.  31 for an additional five % off a one rentals and ten percent off 4 rentals.  Schmidt announces scholars should check their university bookstores, plenty of which regularly run back-to-school deals on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Review renting contracts – Some services appraise fines for unwarranted highlighting, or for returning a book after the rental period finishes. Rental site Chegg charges a 15-day extension charge that varies primarily based on the book’s cost, and then later charges what’s left of the book’s price if the book still isn’t returned.  In ebook formats, rentals may restrict the amount of pages you can print — and vanish from the e-reader when the rental term ends, with any electronic notes you made.  Renting would possibly not be cheap, either, if the text is one that you may use over one or two semesters.  “It’s fine if you are an engineering major who’s taking a philosophy course to satisfy a humanities requirement,” announces Schmidt.

Compare all formats –  Electronic books  and rentals are sometimes less expensive, but do not discount old school used print copies.  By Amazon’s guesstimates, buyers could save as much as sixty percent on textbooks by purchasing them as electronic books — eighty percent if they decide to rent an ebook, and ninety percent if purchasing a second hand print text. Design text “Fundamentals of Building Construction : Materials and Methods,” as an example, is $66 as an electronic book, a 7% discount off the $71.32 price for the new hardcover.  Used print versions begin at $55, a 23% discount.