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Where to Buy and Sell Textbooks
Where to Buy & Sell Textbooks (Photo: CC BY underneath)

College bookstores are the enemy. High prices, long lines, and a horrible textbook buyback program are the biggest complaints.

Here are places you can buy, sell, rent and exchange textbooks, other than your school's bookstore.

General Online Bookstores

  • Amazon - The world's biggest selection of books at low prices. Students can get free two-day shipping through Amazon Prime Student.

  • BookByte - Buys back and sells new and used college textbooks.

  • eCampus - Discount bookstore saving you 50-90% off.

  • Cengage - Formerly iChapters, with options to buy, rent, download, or order chapters of books.

  • Barnes & Noble - This bookstore giant usually has fair pricing of textbooks.

  • Textbooks.com - Buy and sell textbooks at this site claiming to have the largest selection of used textbooks.

Textbook Rental


Digital Textbooks

  • VitalSource - Find your textbook as an eTextbook at a much cheaper price.

  • Cengage - Many textbook titles can also be found here in digital form.

  • CafeScribe - Lets you download textbooks in digital form, so it saves trees. Because of this, this service is about 50% cheaper than your normal college bookstore.

Classifieds sites

  • eBay - Ebay allows you to put your book quickly up for sale at a fixed price or auction. It can also be a place to score cheap used textbooks.

  • Valore Books - A marketplace for buying and selling textbooks.

Price Comparison Sites

  • Book Finder - Search engine that finds the best buys on new and used textbooks for sale.

  • AddAll - Price comparison agent built to ease online book shopping.

  • DirectTextbook.com - Search for your books and see prices from several textbook stores where you can buy your textbooks.

  • Big Words - Price comparison search engine.

  • CampusBooks - Compare prices on all of your books at once.

Selling Textbooks

Many places will buy books from you. Here are a few we recommend.