Textbook Savings

The University Office of Computing and Information Services has compiled this fact sheet to help students save money when purchasing textbooks. This list is not exhaustive, so students are encouraged to research other options. Be sure to check with your professor that the version of the textbook you select can be used in your class.

 


 

Campus Options

Library: Your campus library may have a copy of the textbook you need. CUNY Libraries Catalog

Bookstore: Your campus bookstore may offer ebooks or have rental programs.



Purchase Used Textbooks

Used textbooks are cheaper than new textbooks. You can purchase used textbooks from your campus bookstore or online.

biblio.com
bigwords.com
bncollege.com/(B&N)
bookbyte.com
buyusedtextbooks.com
campusbooks.com
chegg.com
collegeswapshop.com
ebay.com
efollett.com
flierguy.com
halfvalue.com
half.com
posmancollegiate.com
saveontextbooks.net
textbooks.com
textbookx.com
slugbooks.com
valorebooks.com



eBooks

Electronic versions of textbooks are often cheaper than print versions. All major retailers sell eBooks. If you do not see the eBook listed on the retailers website, check the website of the book publisher for an electronic version. Campus libraries also collect eBooks.

CUNY Libraries
bncollege.com/(B&N)
campusbooks.com
cengagebrain.com
chegg.com
coursesmart.com
ecampus.com
efollett.com
kno.com
pearsonhighered.com/student
posmancollegiate.com
wiley.com

Comparison Shop

Use ISBN numbers to comparison shop among the major retail sites or use sites that compare prices from multiple sources.

abebooks.com
addall.com
affordabook.com
alibris.com
allbookstores.com
amazon.com  (Free Shipping@ http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info?tag=gmgamzn-20)
bestbookbuys.com
bigwords.com
bookfinder.com
bookfinder4u.com
bncollege.com/(B&N)
campusbooks4less.com
cheapesttextbooks.com
directtextbook.com
efollett.com
gettextbooks.com
half.com
kno.com
posmancollegiate.com
textbookpricecomparison.com



Online Book Swaps

Certain sites are set up to allow you to trade books with others online.

swaptree.com



Rent Textbooks

Certain sites are set up to allow you to rent textbooks for a designated timeframe. Make sure to return your books on time as late fees can be substantial. Be clear on terms and conditions of rental.

bncollege.com/(B&N)
bookrenter.com
campusbookrentals.com
chegg.com
collegebookrenter.com
efollett.com
kno.com
posmancollegiate.com
rent-a-text.com
saveontextbooks.net
skoobit.com
slugbooks.com
textbookrentals.com



Free Downloads / Open Source

Many books that are no longer copyrighted can be downloaded for free.

books.google.com/books
flatworldknowledge.com
gutenberg.org
http://collegeopentextbooks.org
http://www.studentpirgs.org/opentextbooks/
catalog

ipl.org (Internet Public Library)
oerconsortium.org
wikibooks



Ask for Unbundled Textbooks

Many textbooks come 'bundled' with CD-ROMSs and workbooks. Ask your professor to consider assigning unbundled textbooks (i.e. just the textbook) if he/she is not going to use the supplementary material.



Download printable PDF version here. <pdf>

How to save money on textbooks

Printing the Textbook Savings Flyer

For PC >>

  • Go to Printer Preferences or Properties
  • Under Document orientation select Landscape
  • Under the Binding section select Binding Options- Left
  • Under Print Type select: Duplex
  • Select Print

For MAC >>

  • Under the 2nd tab under Presets select Printer Features
  • Under Feature Sets select Layout 1
  • Turn the Duplex-on and select top to top
  • On Orientation Override-select Landscape
  • Select Print

Note: Overall the specific properties and how the tab options are arranged may vary from printer to printer.



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