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Textbook Savings

The Library has compiled (with thanks to The City University of New York) this fact sheet to help students save money when purchasing textbooks. This list is not exhaustive, so students are encouraged to research other options. Be sure to check with your professor that the version of the textbook you select can be used in your class.


Campus Options

Library: Your library may have a copy of the textbook you need: PSU Library Catalog

SUMMIT: Check other academic libraries for the textbook. SUMMIT Catalog

Bookstore: The Portland State Bookstore offers new, rental and digital options.

 

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Comparison Shop

Use ISBN numbers to comparison shop among the major retail sites, or use sites that compare prices from multiple sources.  

  • Abebooks.com
  • Addall.com
  • Affordabook.com
  • Alibris.com 
  • Allbookstores.com
  • Amazon.com  (Sign-up) 
  • Bestbookbuys.com
  • Bigwords.com
  • Bookfinder.com
  • CampusBooks4Less.com
  • DirectTextBook.com
  • Free Downloads/Open Source

    Many books that are no longer copyrighted can be downloaded for free.

  • Google Books
  • Connexions
  • Flatworldknowledge.com
  • Gutenberg.org
  • CollegeOpenTextbooks.org
  • StudenPIRGs.org
  • Ipl.org (Internet Public Library)
  • Oerconsortium.org
  • Wikibooks
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    Purchase Used Textbooks

    Used textbooks are cheaper than new textbooks. You can purchase used textbooks from your campus bookstore or online.

  • Bigwords.com
  • Bookbyte.com
  • Buyusedtextbooks.com
  • Campusbooks.com
  • CollegeSwapShop.com
  • Ebay.com
  • Half.com
  • Halfvalue.com
  • Textbooks.com
  • TextbookX.com
  • ValoreBooks.com
  • Online Book Swaps

    Certain sites are set up to allow you to trade books with others online.

  • Swaptree.com

     

  • Ask for Unbundled Textbooks

    Many textbooks come 'bundled' with CD-Roms and workbooks. Ask your professor to consider assigning unbundled textbooks (i.e. just the textbook) if he/she is not going to use the supplementary material.

    eBooks


    Electronic versions of textbooks are often cheaper than print versions. All major retailers sell
    eBooks. If you do not see the eBook listed on the retailers website, check the website of the book publisher for an electronic version. Campus libraries also collect eBooks.

  • PSU Library e-books (limit to E-books)
  • Bkstore.com (B&N)
  • CampusBooks.com
  • Coursesmart.com  
  • eCampus.com  
  • efollett.com  
  • Cengagebrain.com
  • PearsonHigherEd.com
  • Wiley.com
  • Textbook Revolution
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    Rent Textbooks

    Certain sites are set up to allow you to rent textbooks for a designated timeframe. Make sure to return your books on time as late fees can be substantial. Be clear on terms and conditions of rental.

  • PSU Bookstore 
  • Bookrenter.com
  • Campusbookrentals.com
  • Chegg.com
  • Collegebookrenter.com
  • Kindle Textbook Rental
  • Rent-a-text.com
  • Textbookrentals.com
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    * This information is provided solely for your convenience and PSU Library accepts no responsibility for the content of the listed sites. The listing of a company or site does not imply a PSU Library endorsement of the company, or a site's content, products, or services. PSU Library makes no warranties, either express or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or suitability of the information contained on listed sites, or that every useful site is listed. Transactions made as a result of this information are the exclusive responsibility of the student.
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