Order Textbooks for College Classes Online

First, some general comments.

If you plan to buy college textbooks online, do it EARLY - at least three to four weeks before classes start. The texts you want to order are likely in high demand. You don't want to find out at the last minute that the texts you need the first day of class aren't shipping for another two weeks.

Why order online? Three words: PRICE, PRICE and PRICE.

Make sure you order the right texts. Things to watch for:

  1. Check titles carefully - authors often have similar texts with slightly different titles. Make sure the titles match exactly with what you need.
  2. Check the required edition carefully. Some online sites carry older editions that will be useless to you. But sometimes schools order an older edition (say, the 5th Edition) because at the time book orders were placed the new edition (that would be the 6th Edition for our example) had not been released yet.
  3. The most reliable piece of information for identifying a book is the ISBN number. If you have it, use it to find the text you need.
  4. If you are looking to save money, check before ordering to see if there's an acceptable paperback edition.
  5. Make sure you know if the text you're ordering is new or used.
  6. Compare prices. Sometimes campus bookstores have prices that compete with online store prices.
  7. Make sure you know who you are buying from - some online sites provides links to partners affiliated with that site.
  8. You are responsible for ordering the right texts in time for the start of classes. Order early, and check return policies before you buy in case you don't get the texts you need.

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