Top 5 sites for e-textbooks

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While other sites also sell print versions or have books available for rent, this site is dedicated to e-textbooks. The advantage here is that you know that every book you search here has a digital version available. They also have an iPhone app available to buy and view your e-books from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.



You’ll easily be able to see if a digital version of your book is available on this site. They also have e-chapters available which is a great option if know the professor will only assign a couple chapters or if you just need a few pages for reference. It is also a great way to access a book if you aren’t sure yet if you want to take the class so you don’t waste money on the entire e-textbook that you can’t return. The first chapter of most digital books is available for free.


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Kindle Store

If you have the Kindle or the Kindle DX, or you're thinking about getting one, you'll have access to over 30,000 textbooks. Just visit the Kindle Store to find your e-textbooks.



This is an online library with 76,000 digital books and 3 million articles. You can browse their content to see if they have what you’re looking for, and get a preview of the book or article. They have free trials available, but to have access to the content you’ll have to have a subscription. You can bookmark, highlight, add notes, read other people’s shared notes, and cite the source and create a bibliography with a click of a button. This would be an excellent resource if you found your required textbooks in their library or if you are working on a research project or thesis.



This website offers many options for buying books, including digital versions. They also rent books, sell new and used books, and have a marketplace where other students sell their own. If a digital version is available, it will list the e-book price along with the other prices.


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