Will Free Textbooks ever really exist?

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Can textbooks really be free?  It's a great concept and the topic generates plenty of coverage, but what does it really mean?  If you had asked me back in January 2008 what the buzz would be six months later I would have told you “textbook rental”.   I was pretty sure that the concept of rental… Read more »

Sell Now or Wait Until Later?

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I am always surprised at how many college students feel that they want to hold on to their textbooks and not maximize there value by selling them at buyback.  Textbooks, like cars, are a depreciating asset.  The greatest value for a textbook is seen selling it as early as possible. I remember standing in line… Read more »

The Total Value of a Textbook

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In some of our last posts on eBooks we explored the idea of total value (TV). But, what is it really and do students really care? We have all been in the situation of spending $150 for a book and at the end of the semester selling it back for $20. It kind of seems… Read more »

Kindle

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Kindle, the wireless reading device from Amazon.com, is certainly an amazing device and one that was a long time coming.  Now eBooks have been around for a long time prior to Kindle's introduction, but Kindle truly raised the bar by being wireless and completely portable.  Let's face it, what's the advantage to downloading a book… Read more »

Are eBooks right for me? (Part 2)

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So in our last post we spoke of the many good reasons why you may want to consider buying an eBook instead of the new or used textbook, now it is important for you to see the whole picture to understand what disadvantages the eBook may have. In some estimates the cost savings are not… Read more »

Are eBooks right for me? (part 1)

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Lately there has been quite a bit of press about eBooks.  Like all things in life there is a positive and a negative to the subject.  In essence the idea of eBooks is a great one.  Let's face it; nobody enjoys lugging 20 pounds of textbooks across campus on a hot day, or really any… Read more »

On Credit Cards and Free Shirts

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While strolling through campus on a gorgeous day I was distracted from my fruit smoothie by someone offering me a free t-shirt. Since t-shirts comprise 75% of my wardrobe I stopped to learn more. I quickly found out that I would more or less be paying for this t-shirt for the rest of my life… Read more »

More thoughts on survey results

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Sometimes there are things even I have trouble understanding. Shocking but true. Take for example some of the results from a recent survey on buying textbooks conducted by campusbooks.com. Every time I think about it I get more confused as to why more people don’t purchase their textbooks online. There is no good reason why… Read more »

CampusBooks Survey

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Campusbooks.com recently conducted a survey of textbook buying students and the findings were quite interesting. The survey confirmed some of my long held beliefs when it comes to the textbook buying public but there were also a couple of surprises. The results won’t necessarily make the latest edition of Scientific America but they were pretty… Read more »

Textbooks In the News

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College textbook season is in full swing. We are excited to release the finding from our student survey. Additional results will be shared through our blog. Please enjoy reading about Saving Money on Textbooks During Back-to-School.