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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In an effort to make your book browsing/buying/renting/selling experience a little bit better we have just rolled out some site changes that should speed things up quite a bit.

The changes have been thoroughly tested but if you have any problems or see something we missed please let us know.

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