Purchasing Course Books

Purchasing Course Books

  1. Amazonamazon.com
  • On Amazon students can buy new, used and Kindle version textbooks.
  • When students purchase used textbooks from Amazon, they should be mindful to check if the vendor allows returns or cancellations.
  • Amazon offers free PRIME membership for students for 6 months. PRIME members get the 2 day delivery benefit on all the purchases by Amazon.
  • For more information visit http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info/ref=lp_student


  1. e-Textbooks rental – There are many vendors and publishing house that allow students to rent a copy of the textbook online. Some of these websites are –
  • http://www.coursesmart.com/ – Scroll down and click on students. This is the publisher sites and our school uses many books from this publisher. This site allows online and offline use of the books.
  • http://www.chegg.com/etextbooks – This website offers e-Textbooks rental where you can highlight, write notes or add bookmarks to your online rental book.
  • http://www.vitalsource.com/Pages/home.aspx – This site only rents e-Textbooks. It allows the students to download the content, use it online or use it on mobile devices. The students can highlight, take notes and perform multiple functions on this site too.
  • http://www.cengagebrain.com/shop/index.html – This is Cengage publisher’s site which is again a popular choice at our school. They provide range of services including e-textbook rentals.


  1. Print rental/purchase – Besides Amazon, there are many other companies which allows students to rent or purchase textbooks at a good price.
  • http://www.campusbookrentals.com/ – This company provides free shipping both ways to students, 21 day free trial period and flexible renting schedules. They enjoy the highest industry ratings.
  • http://www.bookrenter.com/ – This Company allows free shipping, highlighting in the rental copies and great service.
  • http://www.chegg.com/ – This is an excellent resource for students. It provides great product selection and easy site navigation but is limited in rental period flexibility.