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Students getting creative to save on textbooks

19 Sep

The thought of buying textbooks can be dreadful. This is one of the most expensive parts of attending a higher university facility. It is something students will moan and groan about at the beginning of every semester, and who can blame them? On average, textbooks range from $80 to $100 each. A lot of students attempt to find the resources they need online in order to save money.

Students have been getting creative in utilizing different resources in order to pay the smallest amount possible for their textbooks. Some students will lend the book from the university library when it is needed. A lot of the textbooks are available for loan in the university library. Many students have no idea how they are going to be able to afford these expensive textbooks. However, I am here to solve your problems. Below are some options so stretch your money and keep some cash in your wallet.

One way to save money is to buy them directly from the Internet as opposed to the college bookstore. The bookstore will charge a higher price on new and used textbooks. It is a company that needs to make money, which is not in favor of the student. Campus bookstores will often offer a buyback program. However, you only get a percentage of what you would make if you sold the book online yourself. Yes you have to wait longer to get the money from online sources, however, you will make around three times the amount than you would if you were to sell it to a bookstore.

Amazon.com and Half.com are great resources for both buying and selling textbooks. They provide ample opportunities to save money. Amazon also offers a cheaper priced textbook if you opt to rent the book as opposed to buying it. One disadvantage to this program is that you may have to send the book back a little before the end of the class. The best way to make this program work for you is to purchase the book at the last minute possible. Admittedly it will make you a little nervous, but don’t fret, Amazon is known for having fast delivery service. If you are not looking for a rental book and you plan on selling it back, you should order the book around two weeks prior to the class starting to ensure that your book will be on time. The books on both of these websites are usually sold by other students are looking to save money just like you.

Utilize textbook exchange services such as StudentBookTrades.com. This is an excellent source to get free college textbooks. This gives you an opportunity to trade textbooks with your classmates and friends. Their free service helps to match you with other college students who took classes that are similar to what you are reading now. You can search your campus for books and save on shipping the textbooks. Some of these websites also compare prices across the nation to give you the best deal possible. Last, but not least are price comparison websites. These websites compare the price of many different websites and show you where you can get the best price possible for your textbook. Cheap-textbooks.com is a great resource that does just this! If you are stumped and do not want to spend a lot of time browsing the Internet for the best price, let Cheap-textbooks.com do the work for you.

Paper Books vs. E-books

29 Oct

Internet has brought many good things like streaming music, online shopping, electronic bill payments and many more beneficial uses. One thing that you may consider is e-books, many individuals think about it since they are very valuable. Like many great musicians who never get to have signed a decent contract – there are thousands of great writers who never get the offer to create a great book! Thanks to the Internet and e-Books – we can tap the minds of these great authors.

Reality

A common misconception is that if a book was good, we should get a contract signed by a major publisher. This is simply not true. The editor may feel that the information is not marketable when it really is. Though, there can be many reasons to consider it.

Freedom

The author of an e-book is free to write what he/she really wants and will not be influenced by an editor, publicist, or anyone else. E-books often contain much more information than a printed book. Sometimes they have printable worksheets, menus, lists, and affirmations including a number of beneficial items that relate to the specific topic of the e-book. Unlike the authors, e-book authors are often accessible and grateful to answer questions you may have about your e-book. Students should definitely consider such innovative matter.

Easy and fast

An e-book is directly purchased from a website (i.e. Amazon and Barnes & Nobles), and then downloaded to a computer immediately! You can read right there on the computer screen or print it and take it with you. You can enlarge the font if you have trouble viewing the print, you can transfer to a flash drive or other media to be portable, or you can just read it when you have time. Most e-books come with a money back guarantee and special bonus items. Some experts urge you to give an opportunity for electronic books (e-Books). Find a topic of interest and then take a walk to discover new authors, new skills, new behaviors, and perhaps a new you!

For an efficient enterprise

Consider writing an e-book. Only you know what you think and feel about a topic. Only you can put everything together in your own special way. Your e-book is personal. It is your opinion on what you know. Why not publish a traditional paper book? Well, you can. If you choose a topic that the publisher is looking for. If you can find a publisher, who thinks your writing is good. The world of traditional publishing is not for the faint of heart or the person who thinks you might want to be a writer. This is a good choice if you do not mind paying for your editing. Truth is, nobody is against specific editing methods, yet, other methods of editing are suitable, too. In fact, if you wrote a great novel or a great guide on how to do anything that meets the standards of an editor you can get into the business. However, if you’re just looking to share your knowledge with the world an e-book is the way forward.

Accessible

Internet is a fast, easy and inexpensive to offer your e-book. With an electronic book, after buying the software, the only expense is marketing. You control the duration of your e-book, design, and everything relating to its creation and subsequent promotion. It’s like your ultimate form of expression. You have total control. You have the first and last word in everything, all authors

Author bio: Jeff is an experienced college essay writer working for SolidEssay.com where he helps students with editing and proofreading their essays and research papers.

Students Still Not Yet Ready for Digital Textbooks

19 Jun

While publishers are increasingly creating and selling digital materials and students increasingly have the devices on which to consume that content, only 3% of students last semester used a digital textbook as their primary course material (for a specific course). That’s down from 4% for the fall semester.

Overwhelmingly, students prefer print, according to the survey of 1,540 undergraduate college students at both four-year and two-year institutions of higher education.

When asked why, about half “prefer the look and feel of print;” nearly half say they like to highlight and take notes in the textbooks; and a third cite that they can’t re-sell digital textbooks.

Among those few students who prefer digital textbooks to print, the reasons are the price, the ability to search the text and how easy they are to carry around.

According to U.S. director of Bowker Market Research, Carl Kulo, who developed the research, price and benefit to the student are the main factors that influence students to try and use new and different course materials. Read more on the digital textbook Bowker Market Research

College Textbook Prices Increasing Faster Than Tuition And Inflation

23 Apr
Education in the United States

Education in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Source: Huffington Post

College textbook prices have increased faster than tuition, health care costs and housing prices, all of which have risen faster than inflation.

College textbook prices are 812 percent higher than they were a little more than three decades ago, the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank, reports. Textbook costs have well outpaced the 559 percent increase in tuition and fees over roughly the same period.

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Be a Guest Blogger on College Textbooks Savings

27 Mar

Have an opinion about college textbooks? Love to write?

You might make a great contributor to our college textbook blog network.

The college textbook blog network has two goals for adding guest bloggers: To have you produce outstanding and useful content that reaches a broad expanse of college students. To provide multiple viewpoints on the subject of college textbooks.

We only want and will only syndicate quality insights created by writers who stand behind their work.

1. Choose your topic. Select an area of expertise and write an article  relating to one of the following topics:

a.    How to save money on textbooks.

b.    Information on renting textbooks or digital textbooks.

c.    Textbook News.

d.    Technology around textbooks.

e.    Your opinion concerning textbooks.

f.     Textbooks after the course ends.

3.  Write your Article. Compose your article for the college student that could use help with textbooks! All articles must be original work created by the submitter and can be previously published. The article and about box may contain one link each.

a.    Choose a narrow focus.  We are more likely to accept articles that share in-depth information on a narrow topic, as opposed to shallow tips on a broad topic.

b.      Make it fresh and new. Avoid redundant tips and information we’ve all heard before.  Tell the reader something they didn’t know so that they are likely to ‘share this with a friend!’

c.    Write concise paragraphs.  Use bullets and avoid lengthy paragraphs.  The goal is for a reader to be able to get an overall feel for your entire article in about 5-10 seconds.  Keep articles between 200-800 words in length.  Articles with excessive grammatical, spelling and/or punctuation errors will not be accepted.

d.    Infuse your article with wit and personality.  It is OK to be corny, be relatable, make it personal.  Write in the “I” form.  Include a catchy introduction and loads of creativity to set you apart.

4. Submit the article.  Email your article to bjones@computerpages.net where it will be considered for publication. We prefer that you simply paste your article into the body of your email rather than send an attachment. You will receive a response within 7 days.  Include your first name, and city/state so we can include it at the bottom of your post!

5.  Self Promote. Your article will be promoted on our Facebook and Twitter posts but we encourage self promotion. We will send you the URL of your guest post so you can promote it to your Twitter and Facebook followers. This cross promotion will dramatically improve your articles social reach.