Ebooks have become a popular way to save money on college textbook expenses; but do you actually own the ebooks you pay for? The answer might surprise you.

The fact of the matter is that when you pay for an ebook, you might not necessarily be purchasing the textbook outright. Instead, you might only be purchasing access to the ebook, otherwise known as renting the ebook, for a set period of time – typically around 180 days.

The actual terms of your purchase vary by ebook vendor; some offer rentals, some offer purchases. The problem is it's often unclear as to what you're actually paying for at the point-of-sale. Thus, you might think you're purchasing an ebook when you're actually only renting it – a mistake that can prove costly if you plan on us... more »
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Textbook prices have skyrocketed in recent years, outpacing even the rising rates of college tuition and causing college students to seek alternative textbook sources in an effort to reduce overall education expenses. Fortunately, if you need to purchase textbooks for your college courses you have options, primarily:

buy new textbooks
buy used textbooks
buy international textbooks
buy ebook or “e-textbooks”
rent textbooks

The following review examines each textbook buying option in detail, lists the pros and cons of each, and offers real-world comparisons so you can make an educated decision regarding your textbook purchases in 2014.


Buying new textbooks


Buying new textbooks is perhaps the most convenient option, given that campus bookstores are routinely stocked with the latest editions. However, new... more »
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Many college textbooks today come with access codes that, accordingly, grant students access to additional course materials that enhance the learning experience. At face value, the concept of access codes seems straightforward; however, when skyrocketing tuition fees, textbook prices, and other college-related expenses force students to seek cost-cutting measures, the need for and availability of cheaper course materials leaves many students navigating uncertain waters when it comes to access codes. The following attempts to demystify access codes so you can make informed decisions about purchasing your college course materials.

What are access codes?


Access codes grant students privileges to additional course materials such as online tutorials, self-tests, course outlines, videos, interactive student forums, student-teacher feedback, e-textbooks, and other dynamic content.

The actual content depends... more »
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When exam season rolls around, the last thing you want to do is scramble around to find all the info you need to study. Instead of stressing over simply getting your notes, study materials, and exam dates in order, you should concentrate on reviewing the exam material! To curb the stress that surrounds midterms and finals, use these apps to get organized.

1. Trello

Trello is like a digital to-do list perfect for creating a study plan. This app lets you create specific tasks, like “Review psych chapters 4 - 6,” and move it across a sophisticated to-do list so you can track your progress. Make lists of what you need to do, what you’re working on, and what you’ve accomplished.

2. Evernote

With Evernote, you’ll never forget anything again. This expanded, mobile n... more »
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We're happy to announce the power of DirectTextbook's 200 plus bookstore search is now available in a fast loading mobile version. No more swipe, pinch, tap, and tap again to see the lowest prices. They will now be presented to you in a format optimized for whatever screen you may have. The mobile site should automatically load when you visit http://www.directtextbook.com from a mobile device. You can also go directly to the mobile site m.directtextbook.com

In addition to the mobile site we have launched an Android app that can be found in the Google Play store OR you can email the it to yourself from our Android page.

Happy book shopping.

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