BookLookr Cheap Books | Buy Textbooks | New and Used Textbooks | Compare Book Prices | Cheapest Books Thu, 14 May 2009 18:00:00 GMT en hourly 1 Top 5 Ways to Save Money at College Thu, 28 Apr 2011 22:30:01 GMT
1) Cheaper textbooks – a lot of your money tends to go into buying new textbooks, so cutting down on your expenses for those is a logical way to get some benefits overall. Some ways to get your textbooks cheaper include buying second-hand and sharing, though you’ll have to adapt your mind to always caring for those books so that you can keep them in good condition for re-selling them later on.

2) Cook for yourself – college students tend to live busy and hectic lives and fast food is usually a staple of your diet during the semester. If you make it a habit to cook instead of going to the local restaurant though, your bank account would love you for it. It doesn’t even take any significant amount of skill to get started with some simple meals which can ultimately decrease your expenses tremendously.

3) Cut down on the parties – after a few drinks you tend to get a different view towards your wallet and suddenly spending dozens of dollars in a single night doesn’t seem like such a ludicrous idea. Naturally, if you stopped going out clubbing every second night, you’ll soon realize how much money has been sinking there; remember, noone will think of you any less if you deny a few invitations for going out! On the contrary, jumping up to get dressed whenever someone as much as mentions it gives off the impression that you’ve got nothing better to do with your time overall.

4) Ride a bike – if you’re not eligible for any discounts or free rides on the public transport, it’s often a great idea to take a bike to classes instead of using a car. The money you’ll be pouring into that car in terms of gas, maintenance and taxes can easily pay your next semester’s tuition fee if you’re a more avid driver, so it may pay to let the car rest for a few months if you want to save some money.

5) Go prepaid – various services like telephone, Internet and others which you’re paying on a usage basis can drive your monthly costs up significantly. Using a prepaid plan may make you feel more limited, but it sure beats wondering how to cough up the money at the end of the month!

In the end, there are so many unnecessary expenses in your lifestyle as a college student, that cutting down on just half of them – buying cheaper textbooks, forgetting about fast food and paid transportation – can completely transform your financial situation!
How to Make Sure You Get the Lowest Price on Your Books Sat, 05 Mar 2011 17:09:18 GMT
  1. When you’re out to buy books, know what you’re looking for beforehand – if it’s an older issue, you’ve got a good chance to find copies of it in second-hand bookstores and other similar places. Ask around as well – people who’ve graduated from your course of studies would be very likely to still have some of their old books with them, especially if they’ve graduated recently.

The Internet is great for this purpose as well – just a few clicks of your mouse can net you thousands of results for buying the books you need, and from then on it’s just a matter of spending enough time to properly compare all the deals you’ve got. Use price comparison websites, too – that’s what they’re for, and their databases are usually quite extensive, giving you quick access to a number of deals.

If you’re struggling to find a good deal on a particular book, it may be a better idea to rent it instead of buying the book – this is especially true for those who won’t need the book in question after the semester, such as students in scientific degrees. Talk to people who’re renting out their books, and again look at the Internet for additional offers – book renting has become quite the popular service lately, and it allows you to get the best prices on your books easily.

  • And of course, after you’ve found a good deal on the books you need, make absolutely sure you treat those books carefully and properly – so that at the end of the semester, you’ll be able to profit a bit from selling them to someone else who needs them, providing you with a bit of a starting capital for the next semester and the next round of book shopping. It’s a tiring cycle, but it can also be made a lot easier to bear if you know how to look for the right deals!
Why Renting College Textbooks is Becoming Popular Now Sat, 05 Mar 2011 17:07:27 GMT
This has lead to the creation of various services for renting college textbooks in recent times – it’s been made popular thanks to the advance of the Internet into our lives, and actually the very first such services that truly caught on were created by college students themselves. And nowadays, all you need is a computer connected to the Internet, and you can avail various attractive deals on renting your needed textbooks for the duration of the semester, and then return them.

Such deals obviously hold great benefits for you – the most obvious one being the costs you’re cutting down on. However, renting college textbooks as opposed to buying them is also useful in other ways; you can get a glance of what a book has to offer – instead of buying it and then deciding the purchase wasn’t worth it; you also don’t have to deal with the hassle of reselling it afterwards, as you’ll just have to return it to the place/person you originally rented it from.

Sure, it’s not a universal solution – sometimes you just need those books later on, depending on your course of studies. For example, those studying languages can often benefit a lot from holding on to their literature books later on; but on the other hand, engineering students rarely need their books on Calculus and other similar basic courses after their first semesters. Just think about your situation for a while and consider it carefully before each semester.

Make sure you treat the books well, too – after all, it’s someone else’s property and they’d be hoping to keep renting it out to other people after you’re done with it. Take care of it just as if it was your own book, and who knows – maybe the person would give you a discount on your next set of books rented from them because you’ve been so good to your current ones!

Why It's a Good Idea to Take Care of Your Books Sat, 05 Mar 2011 17:04:31 GMT
In most cases, after you’ve gone through the semester, you don’t need the textbook for a particular course from it anymore – especially in science-related degrees. What most students don’t seem to realize is that they can sell the textbooks they’ve used and earn back quite a lot of their initial investment – provided, of course, the books are in good condition. This makes it very important to take care of your textbooks throughout the semester as best as you can.

There are various things you could do to improve the durability and longevity of your textbooks, improving your chances to sell them later on. Buy covers for all of them and dress them as soon as possible – even the hardback ones can benefit from this. Never, ever, write using a pen in the textbooks – if you absolutely have to take a note there, do it in pencil and use a light one, without applying too much pressure (so that it’s easy to remove afterwards).

Additionally, be careful with how you leave your books when you’re done reading them – it’s not a good idea to leave a book turned over opened on your current page, as this spreads the pages apart and degrades the quality of the binding. Use a page marker – that’s what they’re for after all!

In the end, when it comes to the day to sell your textbooks, you should roughly go for half of their original price – some may be willing to give you more if the book is in a good condition, but don’t expect too much – in general, people would be more likely to haggle the price down, not give you a bonus. Be friendly and if there’s anything wrong with the books let the buyer know at all cost – imagine yourself in a similar position with your limited student budget, and suddenly getting ripped off on one of the things you need most!

Best Way to Save Money On Books Wed, 05 Jan 2011 09:36:08 GMT
Books are expensive, especially when one wants to buy limited edition books. There are people who spend thousand of dollars on textbooks and if you don’t fall into this category but still want to build a collection, here are the best ways to save money on them.

•    Read reviews. Don’t buy them recklessly. How would you feel if you buy one and then it turns out to be boring? Before purchasing, read reviews online.
•    Purchase second – hand textbooks. There are wholesale markets online that sell second – hand books in really good condition. Websites like Amazon and eBay are good places to search.
•    Wait for few weeks before buying a new one. While you may one to lay hands on the recent edition of Stephanie Meyer’s vampire series, it will be worthwhile to wait since new books are sold at premium prices. Wait for few days for the price to drop.
•    Buy at discount stores. Such stores sell first hand books at discounted rates. Also, you can look for different publications.
•    If you do not want to purchase online then visit the public library in your area. Get a membership and issue books for few days. Public libraries hold huge collection of textbooks. The only thing is you need to return the books on time.
•    Ask your friends or colleagues to lend them their collection. This way you get to read variety without paying a dime. Return it on your own accord. If you have an active social network, create a book exchange forum.
•    Be selective about the books you buy. You can fix a monthly budget just for them and do not overspend. Instead of buying just any book off the shelves, buy those that you are actually interested in reading and keeping for long term.

Why It's Important to Shop Around for Textbook Prices? Wed, 05 Jan 2011 09:34:46 GMT
Thousands of titles are published each year, with varied price tags. Even for book lovers, it is not possible to purchase each of them. There are titles that are printed by several publishers. How does one choose one book from the others? It is important to shop around for textbook prices to get the best deal possible. There are hundreds of websites that sell books, such as Amazon and eBay. Here we highlight certain ways to get the best price on textbooks.

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You can compare the cost of two titles according to the year of publication, the publishing company, edition and condition of the book. Older editions or publications can be bought at lesser price, and obviously, you can save dollars if you purchase second – hand books rather than new ones. Also, you can purchase title in either hardcover or paperback. The paperback editions are generally less costly. If you find the same title on different websites, you can do a quick comparison. One deciding factor should be the shipping charges. While one may charge, the other may offer free shipping.

Browse –

Browse and select one website from where you can purchase textbooks every time. Book memberships are mostly ‘point – based’, that is, points get accumulated as you keep on purchasing. After sometime, you can redeem the points to purchase new books. Your selection of website should be based on the kinds of textbooks they offer, kind of genre you are interested in, and their delivery services. The website should have reliable shipping services for you to receive the book on time.

Never be in a hurry to buy books. Take your time and keep aside few hours every 15 – days or every month to go for book shopping. Keep aside a fixed budget to spend on new titles every month.
How to Save Money at College? Wed, 05 Jan 2011 09:33:12 GMT
It’s difficult to pay your way through 4-years of college even if you have scholarships or educational loans. A typical college student hangs onto the balance with great difficulty. Here you can find top five ways to save money at college:

•    Do not purchase books or textbooks unless necessary. At college, it is not possible to buy each and every published title because firstly, they are expensive and secondly, there is no limit as to how many books you need. It is expected of you to have wide reading base and for that, what can be better than the college library!

•    Be conscious of how much you are spending on food. Eating healthy is important and for that you need money. If your college offers food at subsidized rates, take that option. Avoid eating out and restrict your consumption of beverages.

•    Now-a-days, it is mandatory to use laptops in classrooms. Some say they are cheaper than investing in books; whatever the reason maybe, the fact is you still need to shell out cash for installing new and updated software and other educational tools. You can save by shopping for student specials like discounts, rebates and ‘back to school’ specials.

•    If you have to live off-campus more out of necessity than choice, be prepared to shell some extra cash for house rent, daily food items, home appliances and others. Maybe your parents can help; if they can’t head to the nearest Wal-Mart for quality goods at dirt cheap price.

•    Restrict your expenditure on entertainment. We know studying 24 hours is not possible and everyone needs some kind of relaxation, but make it a point not to overspend on movies, restaurants, concerts, music CDs etc.

From textbooks to entertainment, these were just some basic steps to help you save money in college. If possible, open a savings account and deposit whatever savings you do at the end of every month.

Pros and Cons of Renting College Textbooks Tue, 05 Oct 2010 15:43:52 GMT
Renting college textbooks, overall, is cheaper than buying college textbooks. If you’re the type who never looks at the college textbook after the course is over, then renting is for you. It’s a wonderful way to save money on those necessary college textbooks. When you want a cheap textbook, renting is your option. Of course, buying used can be helpful too, but renting is still often cheaper than buying used.

When you buy books online, you often find yourself getting a better deal than in the textbook stores. There are many online websites which have ideas of what to do. Cheap textbooks online are commonplace and you can find yourself many a good deal there. However, you can find even cheaper textbooks if you rent.

With dozens of websites lining up to sell you and rent you books, it’s up to you whether or not you rent or buy. Renting is overall cheaper, but if you love to scribble notes in the side margins, then it’s not a good idea to rent a textbooks. Often, highlighting is only what’s allowed in the textbooks, so if you have to write in the textbooks, renting isn’t for you. A lot of times people have personal reasons why they will never, ever rent as well. One student I talked to said she would never rent a textbook because she had a dog named Missy who loved chewing on the edge of books. If this is your situation, don’t rent. Buy used instead.

People who are interested in renting textbooks can save big money, but sometimes there are books you need to keep for future classes. Those you should buy. However, if it’s for a class like humanities and the textbook is a hundred dollars and you need two of them, you should consider renting those. If you’re a financial aid student and you have the cash, you might like having all new textbooks. Here are the pros and cons of renting and buying textbooks:

Pros of renting textbooks:

  • It’s cheaper
  • Sometimes highlighting will be in the book already, giving you an ample idea about what to study
  • You don’t have to worry about selling the book when the quarter’s done
  • You have the book for as long as the quarter is, then you submit it

Cons of renting textbooks:

You can’t sell the book back to the bookstore
Sometimes you have to pay for shipping both ways
Sometimes the stores don’t have the books you want

Pros of buying textbooks:

It’s yours to keep
You can highlight in it, mark it up, and scribble up the pages as much as you want

College rental textbooks involve high shipping charges… Even if you buy online, you
only pay a flat rate for shipping in most places
You can sell the textbook when it’s finished

Cons of buying textbooks:

Sometimes (only if you buy online) you can accidentally buy the wrong book
It’s more expensive
You have to sell (or keep) the book when it’s finished
Saving Money Shopping with Comparison Sites Tue, 05 Oct 2010 15:38:35 GMT
Of course you do, if you're like any normal person. To do this, you can either make more or spend less. Here's one way of doing the latter.

Comparison shopping online is one of the best ways to save money and keep more cash in your wallet. Although this idea has been around ever since the opening of online stores, the thought of saving money by shopping online doesn't even cross the mind of most consumers. Here are a few reasons why you should hit the Internet before the store next time you're looking to buy.

This is For You, Couch Potato

The first and most obvious benefit to online comparison shopping is that you don't even have to go anywhere. You already love to get an awesome deal, so why not do it in your PJs or while you're watching the game? Instead of having to get dressed, start the car, drive for hours to all the different stores and go through all that walking, just plop down in your chair and accomplish the same thing in a fraction of the time. Even better, you can do it on your own time! Don't you hate taking a whole day out of your life just to run around to a dozen stores? By shopping online, you can take as much or as little time as you need to.

Lovin' the Sales

Ah, the four-letter word that brings music to our ears: SALE! We all love sales, and another great part of online shopping is scoring all the special deals that are only available on the Internet. If you time it just right, the store might be offering a regular sale and online discounts at the same time! Talk about a gold mine! If you don't feel like checking the website constantly, you can usually sign up to an emailing list to be alerted whenever a special promotion is going on.

Cold, Hard Cash

Even if you chucked the first two reasons, the bottom line is that you'll always get a better deal by comparing prices online first. It's a simple fact: Almost every single time, you'll always find a better price online than in the store. Along those lines, consider yourself lucky if you find a store that's online only, because you surely won't come across a better deal. Why? These companies don't have to pay the enormous overhead costs for a big building, or for employees to keep the inventory on the shelves, and they pass these savings on to you. If you're concerned about high shipping costs, just wait until a special sale comes up -- Most of the time, they'll throw in free shipping as part of the promotion. Score!

For these and many other reasons, it's easy to see why you would be wise to fire up your computer before your car the next time you're looking to buy. Not only can you do it from home, get awesome deals and just save a lot of money, but it's fun too! Give it a try today!]]>
Where to Find Cheap Books Wed, 29 Sep 2010 08:54:29 GMT
One of the greatest ways to save money on college books or personal reading books is to simply borrow them from a friend. When you're borrowing a text material you don't have to worry about returning the book for a rental period or paying huge amounts for your books, only to have to re-sell them later on. Generally speaking this isn't something most people or college students in particular can do. It's too difficult to find all the required books you might need right in your social circle, so it's often not an option. The next best idea is to purchase second hand.

Purchasing books that are previously used can be a great way to save on textbook or personal book costs. There are many ways to purchase second hand books like going online, going to local library sales or just going to the local flea market. Going this route is a fantastic idea since you can get the same book you need at a fraction of the cost, as long as you aren't worried about torn pages or other minor cosmetic defects. This will give you the advantage of saving a lot on your books while still getting the books you need.

Alternatively, another great way to save money on your textbooks and books is to simply go online to a site that lets you search for the cheapest prices. Purchasing books online is becoming a very popular way to save a ton of money and many college students go this route to get the best prices. It's faster and easier than going to local book stores or off campus book stores and you can see the best prices quickly and easily. Using online comparison book sites will get you the lowest price while saving you the time and stress involved with trying to hunt down the best deal yourself.