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Exploring Alternatives to Buying College Textbooks

Are you looking for ways to save money on your college textbooks? If so, it may be time for you to get creative! Many people don't realize that it isn’t always necessary to actually purchase their college textbooks. In fact, there are many alternatives to purchasing your books that can potentially save you hundreds of dollars every year. Here's a look at some of the alternatives you might want to explore.

Rent Your College Textbooks

Believe it or not, it is possible to rent some college textbooks rather than to buy them. While this will certainly still require you to spend some money, you can potentially reduce your textbook costs significantly. Just as with movie rental services, textbook rental services allow you to rent your textbooks for a certain period of time. Unfortunately, you will also be hit with some stiff penalties if you turn your books in later than your agreed upon rental time. In fact, many of these services will covert your rental to a purchase if you are more than a week late with returning your books. Therefore, in order to take full advantage of this type of service, be certain to return your books on time.

Create a Book-Sharing Group

Another way to save money on your textbooks is to form a book-sharing group with other students. This option will be even more successful if you pair up with other people who are pursuing your major, as you will all be more likely to need the same books. By forming one of these groups, you can purchase fewer books and share them among the other people in your group. Or, you can agree to sell your books to one another at a lower price.

Visit the Library

Some city and county libraries carry books that are regularly required for college courses, particularly those libraries that are located near to universities and colleges. Even if your library doesn't have a particular book in stock, it is worth asking the librarian if the book can be made available through inter-library exchange. Many college libraries also keep certain textbooks in their inventory, so it is certainly worthwhile for you to check this route as well. Of course, you have to use caution when using this method, as it is possible that the book you need won't be available at the time when you need it.

If none of these alternatives to buying textbooks works for you, you will be happy to know that there are many great deals to be found online. In fact, by performing a simple Internet search, you can potentially find used books for less than half of the original manufacturer's price and you may even be able to find great deals on new books as well.