Extra, Extra! Discount Textbooks for Online Classes

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One of the benefits to online education is the cash you’ll keep in your pocket. In lieu of the rocky housing market and uncertain stock market,  it’s no wonder why many are turning to online education. No commuting fees,  no time taken away from the work day and no hassle trying to find and pay for a babysitter: online education can be completed from virtually anywhere, at any time, including your home.

Typical degree programs, whether online or at traditional brick and mortar locations, include textbooks and other additional resources. Some school bookstores charge exorbitant fees for these books, especially textbooks. So when you’re shopping for books this upcoming semester, consider these less costly tips to finding textbooks.

Barter for Books

Many sites offer freebies like FreeCycle.org and Craigslist.org. Scope out the listings to see if your books are available, or post a “Wanted” ad to list what you’re looking for. Alternatively, these sites might also offer a form of bartering- so you can trade last year’s or last semester’s books for the next upcoming semester’s resources.

Get the Discounts

There are many online bookshops set up to offer discount prices on used or barely used textbooks, workbooks and CDs. Check out these sites for good deals and steals:

Borrow for Free

What many students may not know is that most schools keep at least one copy of their textbooks available at their school library. That means even if you’re enrolled at an online university, a local college might have the same book you need available. Also, check your local free public library. Many school and local libraries also participate in inter-library loaning, so you may be able to have the books you need shipped to the library closest to you.

Got a discount resource for books that’s not listed? Let us know in the comments section!