You’ve got your class list in hand and are finally getting an idea of how many books you’re going to need this semester. Instead of waiting in line at your campus book store follow this guide to buying Amazon textbooks and save your time and money.
Amazon generally is a great way to find deals on all your textbooks, from the most common to the most obscure. These tips will help you take your textbook shopping to the next level and get it all delivered straight to your door in a couple of days.
Amazon Prime Student
Amazon Prime is a great way to access all of Amazon’s products but in a quick and relatively painless way, but as a student, it can seem impossible to budget the money for it. That’s why you have to take advantage of Prime Student for all of you Amazon textbooks. Simply fill in your university email address and enjoy the major discount on Prime services. Now you won’t have to worry about two-week delivery windows on your last second textbook orders.
Free Kindle E-Books
Something most people are unaware of is how many books are available for free through the Kindle Store. Most classical novels and a lot of works in the public domain are free for you to grab a copy of. Don’t have a Kindle device? No worries there’s an app if you want to read on a phone or tablet and there’s a web client that lets you access your books wherever you are. You can even add digital highlights and comments to key sections to help you make notes on your course readings.
Rent Through Amazon Textbooks
Ever buy a textbook knowing you’ll never look at it again after that class? There’s nothing worse than buying a book and then hoping you’ll be able to sell it to another student the following year. Take the guesswork out of it and rent your Amazon textbooks. Simply pick out what books you need, get them delivered to your door and then print a return label at the end of the semester. Everything is managed through your Amazon account and there’s no extra fuss. If you decide that you want to buy your textbook after the rental period that’s easy to do too.
Buy Used Books
If you’re unsure about renting but can’t afford to buy all new books still check out Amazon. For most textbooks, you can find used copies available for sale. Amazon even provides a guide for how well used the books are so you know what you’re getting. Simply scroll through the different price points and see what deal works best for you. If you want a book with no highlights you’ll probably want one closer to the like new selection, but if you don’t mind other people’s notes then you can get Amazon textbooks for cents on the dollar.
Trade In Books
Say you’ve got a ton of textbooks at the end of the year and you’re not sure how to get rid of them. Instead of finding an unsuspecting first year to dump them or try Amazon’s trade-in program. You send your books off to Amazon and wait two business days to get an appraisal for them. Once you approve of the trade you get an Amazon gift card in return, which can help with everything from your book purchases for the next year to the new kitchen gadget you’ve had your eye on.