6 Tips for Buying College Textbooks Online

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Start shopping early with these online buying tips for college textbooks from WildBlue Deals.

On July 1, textbook legislation went into effect that requires publishers and universities provide more information to students in hopes of making college more affordable. Textbooks are some of the most important purchases made in college, even if they’re most likely cracked open the night before mid-terms. But they don’t have to be the most expensive.

Spend money on textbooks more wisely this year with this university-provided information and these tips courtesy of WildBlue Deals, an authorized dealer for WildBlue Communications – the leader in high-speed satellite Internet.

Buy older editions – Many textbooks do not change dramatically from one edition to the next. Some new editions simply include changes in style guidelines or additions such as new prologues. Consider buying an older edition, when available. Visit a store and flip through the text to make sure required readings are included, and then search for deals online.

Go used – Save from the start. Always buy used books unless there are none available or the instructor absolutely requires a brand-new edition. Use ISBN numbers to track down the right books on websites like Amazon and eBay.

Shop early – Others are also trying to score deals and used books disappear quickly. Start shopping early, (like now). Request syllabi and reading lists from professors immediately after registering for classes.

Consider digital editions – Many publishers offer CD-ROM or Web versions of textbooks that are convenient in today’s laptop-driven college environment. Literary classics with outdated copyrights are also available as free downloads on websites like Project Gutenberg. Supplemental information can also be found online through Google Books previews and other resources.

Check with friends – Some students hold onto books in their area of study but are willing to lend one out for a semester. Use online student resources to connect with others in the same field of study.

Use the library – Books that only appear once on the syllabus, or that are not required texts, are worth checking out instead of buying. Visit the website of a local or school library to make sure the right texts are in stock.

With a little work and access to the Internet, students can save big next semester. For more information on secure and reliable satellite Internet, visit wildbluedeals.com.


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