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redbarn:

Just got through renting a book for the daughter.  First year they are using it.  To buy this book was around 230.00 and thats to be used for one semester.  To rent an e-book at text book brokers was 115.00 for one semester.  I rented the book on Amazon for one semester at a cost of 78.00.......Just thought I would pass this on as we have used Amazon before and saved money on the books.  Plus if you use Amazon the student gets Prime free of charge for 6 months.

HawgWild:

Good info. That's a significant savings.

riccoar:

I'll give you two more.  Amazon is good for sure.  Also try Chegg and CampusBookRentals.com.  I've used all three for my daughter.

Oklahawg:

Movement at my college to provide open-source texts for general education classes. That reduces the price to near-zero. "Quality text materials for free" is not that hard to envision or make happen.

Glad you saved a big chunk of change. Tip your hat to any professor working to keep text costs at a minimum.

ATU HOG:

I always waited a week or two to really see if I needed the book.  Not the brightest move on my part, but if I didn't have to buy the book I wasn't going to.  Don't buy from the university book stores either, they'll say "they are upgrading to a new book" each semester and won't buy back books for much.

Good luck to OP on buying books and to your daughter.  College was the best 7 years of my life.


Disclaimer:  Really only took me 4.5.  Been in the "real world" for a bout 2 years now.  I miss skipping my 8AM class, going to my 11AM, going to my part time job and then being done for the day!!

DeltaBoy:

We did this year since they were 40% cheaper and we can returned them in Dec.

DeltaBoy:

Going to buy some for the spring and rent some since Music books are consumables.

oldfart:

as you guys know im an old fart.. going back to community college for the hell  of it.. my fellow classmates call me obi-won kenobe. but i buy my texts thru amazon at about half the cost at the school bookstore...


East TN HAWG:

Both my daughters typically rent. 

DeltaBoy:


--- Quote from: oldfart on January 02, 2017, 02:52:26 pm ---as you guys know im an old fart.. going back to community college for the hell  of it.. my fellow classmates call me obi-won kenobe. but i buy my texts thru amazon at about half the cost at the school bookstore...


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That what we did for the Spring Semester.  Found out her music books are used all 4 years so we bought them outrigth.

hogginbama:

Did the Amazon rental thing for my son's last 3 semesters of school. Saved a bunch of money that I put towards a new pistol.

DeltaBoy:


--- Quote from: hogginbama on January 17, 2017, 10:52:08 pm ---Did the Amazon rental thing for my son's last 3 semesters of school. Saved a bunch of money that I put towards a new pistol.

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Good for you.

Hawgndaaz:

the textbook guys around here are millionaires.

DeltaBoy:


--- Quote from: Hawgndaaz on January 20, 2017, 02:19:41 pm ---the textbook guys around here are millionaires.

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YEP

oldfart:

All my years as a professor i never required a textbook.  if there was any "hard" materials the students needed i either provided or had a web  site they could visit.  I know not all classes are suitable for this, but many are if the professor makes even a half-hearted attempt to help out.

ricepig:


--- Quote from: oldfart on February 16, 2017, 08:34:59 pm ---All my years as a professor i never required a textbook.  if there was any "hard" materials the students needed i either provided or had a web  site they could visit.  I know not all classes are suitable for this, but many are if the professor makes even a half-hearted attempt to help out.

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What if the internet hadn't been invented yet? Seriously, my kids book costs are less than mine were in the late 70's, of course, my tuition was $200?? in 1976 at the UofA.

rkjones:

One of the biggest scams in our society is the textbook business.  I want to endorse the mention of Chegg.  I used it throughout college. 

The cheapest option, in my opinion, is to ask the professor or an upperclassmen to buy their books from them directly.  They'd get more from you than if they returned it to the store and you'd pay less than if you went to a store.  One semester in grad school my professor let me borrow their textbook (though admittedly this is a rare case). 

Start with your RA.  They should have some decent connections and would love to help out. 

oldfart:


--- Quote from: ricepig on February 25, 2017, 07:35:46 am ---What if the internet hadn't been invented yet? Seriously, my kids book costs are less than mine were in the late 70's, of course, my tuition was $200?? in 1976 at the UofA.

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before the internet i provided copies.. granted my classes were not like the large 100-200 size more like 25-50.  i felt it something i could do for the kids...

DeltaBoy:

You are a good Professor Oldfart!

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