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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)
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