Attending college is expensive. Between the tuition, food, dormitories, parking fees, laboratory fees and text book expenses, most students will find the cost of college easily adding up to a much higher amount than they had originally expected.
College does not have to all be expensive. Some things you can pay much less for or shop around for, such as for your textbooks. Many students tend to complain whenever a new semester starts because of the increasing costs of textbooks.
However, thankfully, many companies have started to realize this and now they let you rent the textbooks that you need at a much lower price than buying the textbook. Or you can shop online and find the exact textbook that you need, instead of shopping in your expensive college bookstore. Being able to shop online and at multiple stores can save you money and time.
There are many companies that you can use to buy and rent textbooks easily:
Chegg is a book company started in 2007 that buys and rents textbooks. They also provide homework help, course organization, scheduling and help find students scholarships. Chegg also started a Chegg for Good program which helps students to improve the cities that they live in.
CampusBookRentals is an online bookstore where you can buy and rent textbooks. It is a quickly growing company, and ranked number 17 on the Inc. 500 List in the year of 2012. CampusBookRentals’ Chief Executive Officer also won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. This same CEO was just a student when he started CampusBookRentals, so he truly understands the reasoning for why students want or need to save money. Since CampusBookRentals was started, over 1,000,000 textbooks have been rented by this company to students.
CampusBooks allows you to buy and rent textbooks. You can easily find your books on this website. CampusBooks will also help you sell your textbooks when you are done using them at the end of a semester.
4. Book Renter.
Book Renter was also started by a student who was frustrated with the ever-increasing cost of textbooks. The company was founded in 2006 and allows students to buy and rent textbooks.
5. Valore Books.
Valore Books is a large textbook site for buying, selling, and renting. The website is sort of like an online marketplace for students to find, sell, and rent textbooks. There is also a commission-based program for students to make money as well.
AbeBooks buys and rents textbooks to students, and offers many books from all over the world. This is an international textbook store, which makes it easy for students all over the world to find the correct book that they need.
When I was in college, one of the main websites that I used to buy and rent textbooks included Amazon. They are easy to use and you can buy and sell on their website. Books are shipped from an Amazon or third-party warehouse easily and quickly as well.
eCampus.com was started in 1999 and is one of the oldest online college textbook stores. eCampus.com was voted the top online textbook store, and in 2012 received About.com’s Reader’s Choice Award. The online store currently has over 3.2 million textbooks in stock. They look to save students money, and offer low and competitive pricing for the textbooks that they sell.
10. Textbook Recycling.
Textbook Recycling is an online website that lets students buy, rent and sell textbooks. The company helps students save up to 90% on textbooks by comparing prices from many online bookstores all in one place. The company also donates 0.5% to the organizations that the company supports.