You know you need to buy textbooks for your college courses; you might also know that Direct Textbook's powerful search engine can save you money by finding the best deals on new and used textbooks. But did you know you can also earn cash back for your new and used textbook purchases simply by enrolling in the Direct Textbook Cash Back Program?

The Direct Textbook Cash Back Program puts cash back in your pocket every time you make a qualifying new or used textbook purchase, ebook purchase, or rental from a participating Direct Textbook vendor. Currently 27 of the web's top used textbook sellers participate in the program, paying out up to 10% of the value of each sale.

Earning cash back for your textbook purchases is easy:

Enroll in the Direct Textbook Cash Back Program (it's free to join!)
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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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We have created a couple of animated videos to illustrate the essence of what Direct Textbook is for new users. They are viewable on our new YouTube Channel.

The first video is a brief overview of how Direct Textbook helps with all your book purchasing needs. It is intended to introduce users to all the services we provide in a simple, clear fashion. This is the video currently shown on our home page.

Probably a video you haven't seen yet, the second video is a fun take on the evolution of book searching. Starting in the dark, distant past, watch how students have approached finding their textbooks for classes. The video follows, with a nursery rhyme style, students up to current day and the improvements of searching with Direct Textbook.

We hope you enjoy both of these. Comme... more »
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As if tuition and living expenses weren't enough financial stress for college students, the escalating prices of textbooks can be enough to keep students up at night worrying about how they're going to pay for their educations. Since 1978, the average price of textbooks has increased by 182%, which means the average 4-year college student faces around $5,000 in textbook purchases over the course of earning a degree. Add that in with the estimated $50,000 college education price tag, and it's easy to see why the high price of new textbooks has led many students to seek cheaper alternatives.

E-textbooks and international textbooks – those originally purchased overseas, also known as softcovers – are two such alternatives. But is buying and selling international textbooks and e-textbooks legal?

Recent legal proceedings have confused students, causing many to hesitate to buy or sell used textbooks for fear they might be breaking th... more »
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