Every semester in college students have to buy a new textbook for up to four different classes at a time. The most convenient place to buy your textbooks is your campus bookstore. However, if you go the campus bookstore route be prepared to pay full price and if you decide to sell back to the bookstore at the end of the semester, don’t expect to get too much back.
There are other textbook stores around Riverside where you can purchase your textbooks. The University Book Exchange (UBE) sells mostly used books for 10-20% less than the campus bookstores. This store does not have set hours, but when they are open they are pretty crowded especially in the beginning of the semester. UBE also offers book buy back. The Wholesale Book Exchange buys and sells books all year long and they believe in higher buy backs and lower prices.
Another place to buy textbooks for a lower price is on the Internet. Websites like Campusbookswap.com, half.com, alibris.com, and many more websites sell new and used textbooks at about a third off the price. Do remember though, there will be a shipping and handling fee on most websites. Make sure you buy the right edition or talk to your professor to see if buying another edition will be okay to use. Most older editions are sold at a very cheap price. At the end of the semester you can sell back your book for cash online. You should also check out websites like bigwords.com, cheap-textbooks.com, and many others to compare a textbooks price on many different textbook selling websites to find the best price. The comparing process is also acceptable when selling back your textbooks.
There is another way to get textbooks cheap. Just rent them for the semester! Thats right, you find the book you are looking for, pick how long you want to keep it for (one semester, 90 days, 60 days, etc.), and when your time is up you ship it back with a free UPS shipping label. Of course the book is not yours, so you cannot write in it or highlight, but you do get to use the book for the semester.