Simple answer, I have to buy them. More complex answer, they betray a lot of socio-economical issues plaguing academia. There are multiple issues that I could talk about when it comes to textbooks, (such as how) but I’m selfish. I want to talk about my latest experience with buying textbooks. I want to talk about one element in particular: the obvious markup of school textbook stores. Now I want to make it clear, I’m not talking about a book store like this,
Here’s something you probably don’t know about your local textbook stores though: About two weeks before it’s time for them to deal with the droves of kids piling through their doors, they begin to hand out promos in the form of mail promotions and coupons in the local newspaper that can get you anywhere between 10%-25% off a single purchase. If you can get your hands on one of these great promotions, you can save a substantial bit of cash if you’re forced to buy from these evil book corporations (I’m not jaded) and actually end up with some cheap textbooks out of the whole deal.
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Although it should be pretty obvious, for those that are unfamiliar with how textbook rental works, here’s the low down. Basically, you approach your local textbook store or find an online vendor such as and find the book that you need for the semester. Then, instead of buying the books (you only have the option to rent used textbooks), you rent them for the semester for about a third of the cost of what it would cost you to buy the books.
OK, so when you’ve gotten the info from your professors about what books you need to buy, the first place you should check out is your local textbook stores. I know, I know, this is where the rip-offs happen. Though, if you are in desperate need of a textbook and can’t wait for it to be shipped to you, you can buy a book from your local textbook shops for the equivalent of a week’s worth of groceries.