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Most discount textbook websites offer several options for obtaining books buy new, buy used, or rent. Some discount textbook providers offer free shipping on orders that exceed a certain amount and rentals typically come with free shipping in both directions; shipping is also free when selling books back to a provider. If this is your plan at the end of the semester, though, take care with the books discount textbook sites won't pay the quoted price if the book is damaged. Etextbooks are beginning to make their mark, and some discount textbook sites have dedicated apps and ereaders that provide elearning tools to accompany the text.

Services Shipping Etextbooks Buyback
Textbooks.com estimated price $
New, used, rental, and book buyback Free over $25; rentals and buybacks free Yes, but no special features and very limited selection No excessive writing or highlighting, no wear or damage; 10% bonus for books purchased here
BookRenter.com estimated price $
Rental; buy new or used from third parties Free No 12% bonus for taking credit instead of cash
Chegg.com estimated price $
New, used, rental, and book buyback Several shipping options Download dedicated ereader for rented ebook No excessive writing or highlighting, no wear or damage
TextbooksRus.com estimated price $
New (international editions), used, rent, book buyback Free over $25; rentals and buybacks free No No excessive writing or highlighting, no wear or damage
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