Where can I buy textbooks online?

girl working on a laptopLet's face it, books at your college bookstore are expensive. You can get much better deals online, but where should you get your books? Amazon and Half.com are obvious choices, but there are so many more options out there where you might be able to find better deals. Here are some of the top places to get textbooks online:



When you buy a new textbook at CengageBrain, you can download the first chapter for free while you wait for your books to ship. You also have access to free study tools on their site. They also offer book rentals, e-textbooks, and e-chapters.


Return policy: Refunds are available within 30 days of purchase.


Free shipping on orders over $25. (This does not apply to book rentals.)



In addition to getting a great deal on used books, you also have a chance to win free textbooks for a year with every purchase. They also have an opportunity for students to become a Valore Agent and earn cash by promoting ValoreBooks.


Return policy: Everything is refundable for 30 days from the date of purchase. You’ll be charged a 15% restocking fee for returning books unless it was a seller error (for example, they sent the wrong book or it wasn’t in good condition).


Minimum shipping cost: $3.95



Return policy: You can return items within 30 days of the shipment date, but you'll have to pay for shipping.


Free shipping on orders over $25.


Returned items must be received within 30 days of ship date. Shipping costs and a 10% restocking fee will be deducted from your refund.


Free shipping on orders over $59.



One cool think Bookbyte offers is to find out the prices for books by texting. So if you’re at your campus bookstore deciding if you should buy the book from them or if you could get a better deal online, just text them to find out!


Return policy: If you purchase books directly from them, you have 14 days to return any items, but you’ll have to pay for shipping. They also have a “Bookbyte Bazaar” where students like you can sell their books through the site. If you buy anything through the Bazaar, you’ll have to negotiate with the seller if you want to return it.


Free shipping on orders over $49.


Return most items bought directly from Textbookx.com for a full refund, minus a 10% restocking fee.


Free shipping on most orders over $49


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