College Textbooks Features Comparison
Most discount textbook websites offer several options for obtaining books -- buy new, buy used, or rent. Some providers offer free shipping on orders that exceed a certain amount. Rentals typically come with free shipping in both directions, and shipping also is free when selling books back to a discount textbook website. If this is your plan at the end of the semester, take care with the books -- textbook sites won't pay the quoted price if the book is damaged. Etextbooks are beginning to make their mark, and require a free dedicated app that can be downloaded or accessed through a browser.
|Cheapism Rank||Services||Shipping||Etextbooks||Buyback Payments|
|TextbookRush||Best||Buy new or used; rent; buyback; international editions; marketplace||Free shipping on orders over $25||NA||Check, PayPal, or store credit|
|Skyo||Best||Buy new or used; rent; rent or buy ebooks; third-party sellers||Free shipping both ways||Download ebooks through BryteWave app and view on most devices||NA (but can be arranged through BuyBack.com)|
|eCampus.com||Good||Buy new or used; rent; buyback; rent ebooks; earn points for buying or renting; marketplace||Free shipping on orders over $59, otherwise $3 per shipment + 99 cents per item||Download ebooks through CourseSmart, Ingram Digital, or eCampus.com reader||Check, direct deposit, or 20 percent bonus for credit|
|Chegg||Good||Buy new or used; rent; rent ebooks; homework help; job and internship boards||Free shipping over $85||View ebooks from most browsers or devices||Check, Amex Serve card, or store credit|
|Valore Books||Don't Bother||Marketplace for buying and renting new and used books||$3.95 per item||NA||Check, PayPal, or SmarterBucks (to pay down student loan)|