Options for cheap textbooks include renting, buying used, sharing with a classmate and using an e-book version. Sources include the college bookstore and online retailers such as Amazon.com and Chegg. Aggregator sites such as BIGWORDS, AbeWords and DealOz allow students to search multiple online sources to find the lowest prices.
Searching multiple resources allows students to find the cheapest prices for textbooks. The campus bookstore is a starting point for price comparison. Many college bookstores offer textbook rentals for less than buying. The used book selection is also cheaper than buying the same textbook new.
Another in-person option is to find students who previously took the course and still have the textbooks, as long as the textbook requirements don't change. Students may have the option to borrow or purchase the book from the former student. Word-of-mouth or advertisements posted around campus are ways to connect with past students.
Going online gives students the power of searching multiple sources for cheap textbooks. In addition to textbook search sites and retailers, checking the publisher's website is also an option. Some textbook publishers sell the textbooks directly to students. In some cases, the publisher might offer a special deal that makes the textbook cheaper than purchasing it from another online resource.