As we enter a new semester textbooks are at the top of the list of things discussed. As a student I often dread having to buy them because of their high cost each semester. It seems like each year textbook publishers issue new editions of a textbook with minor changes from the last. It may be something so simple as an added table, chart, or insert that your professor does not intend to use.
To cut down on the cost of textbooks here are some tips to follow:
1. Find someone in your major that has the textbook and ask to either buy or borrow the book from them.
2. Ask your professor if using a previous edition of the book is okay. Sometimes newer editions have the same exact content with minor changes.
3. Buy your books outside of the campus bookstore. Instead use sites like Chegg, Amazon, or Ebay. One trick I use is typing the ISBN number into Google to see what online bookstore may be offering the book.
4. If you buy from the bookstore buy used if you can or rent.
5. Apply for book scholarships. See if your university offers books scholarships. Also search on the web for book scholarships.