Monday, April 22, 2013

Tips on Textbooks

Textbooks can be such a hassle to buy, yet they are an inevitable part of your student's college career. Though some courses rely heavily on information found in required texts, this is not always the case, which means you may end up spending the semester with some unnecessary baggage after an expensive trip to the bookstore.

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As a second year student on scholarship, I have come to realize that, though they are often necessary, textbooks can be costly.  After buying books for my Biology and French courses last semester, I only had enough money to get one additional textbook, which left me without enough cash to purchase books for my other two courses (I registered for five last semester). So, in my time of desperation, I did some research and quickly discovered that even though the Hofstra University Bookstore is very convenient and carries everything your professors request, it is not always the cheapest option.

Sites such as Amazon and Chegg, for example, often sell textbooks at a more affordable price than the bookstore. While such sites will not be remarkably cheaper all of the time, any additional money in your pocket goes a long way.  With a simple Google search and a little help from the sites below, you can get some great deals on college textbooks.

1.   http://www.textbooks.com
2.    http://www.chegg.com
3.    http://www.cash4books.net
4.    http://www.amazon.com
5.    http://www.textbooksrus.com

-Mikwaevonn Mills, Class of 2015

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