Where to get textbooks as cheap as possible if not free?
Well, free is not always an option, but many college students wonder where to find textbooks for cheap?
- Get a textbook price comparison of buying used textbooks online versus an online textbook rental.
- If you need a free textbook ask around to borrow one, or see our resource list below.
- Check Craigslist as another place where to get textbooks for cheap.
- Check your local and college libraries as they might have a copy.
- Remember to factor textbook buy back prices if you buy a textbook versus a textbook rental when determining total cost.
- Be considerate, but your professor might have their free textbook review copy to lend you
Where to find textbooks for free? Top 10+ sites where to get textbooks for free:
Google’s Free eBooks – Here is a list of the top ebooks found at Google’s eBookstore
Online Mathematics Textbooks – A growing list of free mathematics textbooks hosted by Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, Georgia
Project Gutenberg – Free ebook site started by Michael Hart, did you know the first ebook was created on July 4, 1971?
WikiBooks – A huge collection of open content textbooks that anyone can edit or download free
TextbookRevolution – A student run organization with huge growing list of free online textbooks and educational materials
Flat World Knowledge – Since 2009 their free textbooks have been adopted by over 1600 professors at over 900 schools in over 40 countries
Free High School Science Texts – Volunteers created free science books to help support high school education in South Africa
FreeBooks4Doctors – The place to download free medical textbooks on the internet
FreeTechBooks – Hundreds of free technical and computer books to download as open source, lots of free computer programming books
BookBon – Free ebooks for student and travelers written exclusively for UK based BookBon – financed by sparse in book ads
Open Educational Resources Consortium – Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) has over 500 open source textbooks for viewing and downloading for free
cK-12 Flexbooks – Customizable free textbooks digitized on multiple platforms focused on the K-12 market
Did we miss any websites on our search for where to get textbooks for free? We actually just gave you 12 sites where you can find textbooks for free. However, please leave us a comment below if there are others to include in the list for free textbooks online.
A textbook according to Wikipedia is:
A textbook or coursebook (UK English) is a manual of instruction in any branch of study. Textbooks are produced according to the demands of educational institutions. Although most textbooks are only published in printed format, many are now available as online electronic books.
The article continues with facts and figures about the broken textbook market that President Obama called a “scam” and “a huge racket” during his campaign, but no need to rehash the high cost of textbooks.
Here at RentScouter we are always on the search on where to get textbooks for cheap if you can’t get them free.
A brief highlighting of our current textbook rental and used textbook companies:
BookRenter – One of the first in the business to offer textbook rentals
Chegg – Not the first, but definitely the biggest company to rent textbooks by many standards
CampusBookRentals – Great place to rent books and support their charitable causes.
And some of the finest companies that buy back textbooks when you sell back used books for cash:
Powell’s Books – A Portland institution that buys all kinds of weird used books, but tough on condition
BookByte – One of the oldest in the business of buying back books, sells through McKenzie Books
First Class Books – Roots in the Southwest, in business over a decade, fast service
TextbooksRus – Also known as “Bookstores”, based in Ohio, one of the largest textbook buyback companies
Amazon Textbook Buyback – Only Amazon credit for trade-ins, but usually the best sell back price, watch condition, we discuss Amazon credit versus cash for textbooks and their special Amazon Student Savings program.
CKY Books – Solid company that will return rejected textbooks, good customer service
Blue Rocket Books – Sometimes slow, but solid textbook buy back prices, and for every book they buy they donate to a worthy cause
Better World Books – Buys and sells millions of books online to support global literacy initiatives – cheap shipping
Moola4Books – Older company that just started online book buyback, usually good prices
You can’t always find free textbooks, but we can help you find where to get textbooks for cheap, or sell them for the highest price.