Buying textbooks is something EVERY college student has to deal with. Sure, there is the ever-so-convenient school book store where you bring in your schedule and spend a ridiculous amount of money on the books you need OR you can try some other options!
Buying your books online is a GREAT way to save money. You can try websites like http://www.chegg.com , http://www.bn.com, or even http://www.amazon.com. If you look into each site for each book you need you will be spending a bit of time but saving a lot of money. You can even enter the ISBN number of your book into a search engine and find even more websites to buy your books.
I personally recommend buying your books used. I have gotten almost all of my books used and I haven’t yet had one come in that wasn’t in great condition. They always say there might be writing or highlighting in them, but everything I’ve gotten looks almost brand new. This does NOT mean they all come looking almost new.
For my major (theatre) in the school I attend we need a lot of our books for more than one of our required classes so I always buy my books. If this ISN’T the case for you there is an option to rent them. Renting the books is usually a bit cheaper than buying them but it’s personal preference.
If you do choose to purchase your books you can always sell them at the end of the semester. College book stores will buy your books but there are also online places to sell them like http://www.chegg.com. If the book you are trying to sell is an old edition you will probably not get very much money (if any) for your book unless the college is using it the next semester for one of their classes. My roommate bought a book last semester online for $25 because it was an edition released in 2011, but since the school was using the book this semester as well and it was in great condition she got $80 back!
If you have any questions about buying textbooks or any suggestions of things you would like to hear about in this college edition of blogging A-Z let me know!!