Tips for finding discounted student books and textbooks include searching on sites such as Amazon.com or Chegg.com, checking local classified sites, posting ads on social media accounts and checking on-campus bulletin boards. Other options include renting textbooks instead of buying them or looking for digital versions, which may carry a lower cost or be completely free.
Amazon.com and Chegg.com let shoppers search by the name of a book, its author or its ISBN, as well as by browsing different subject categories. Prices include the suggested retail price along with the actual sale price. Both sites also offer rental options where students choose a book from available options and pay for its use over a semester. Shipping typically varies based on location.
As of 2015, local classifieds sites such as Craigslist.org frequently contain posts with used or unwanted textbooks. These sites typically feature a diverse selection of books at the end of a semester, after students finish their final exams. The same is true for on-campus bulletin boards, though some students may also post ads a few weeks into a new semester if they choose to drop a class. Some publishers make electronic versions of books available online at cheaper prices.