College Textbooks Features Comparison
Most textbook websites offer several options for obtaining books, including buying new, buying used, and renting. Used books and rentals promise the lowest prices. Some 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 -- the site won't pay the quoted price if the book is damaged. Etextbooks are a necessary offering these days, and some sites have dedicated apps that provide learning tools to accompany the text.
|TextbookRush||Best||Yes||Yes||Free for orders over $35, rental returns, and buybacks||Yes||Yes; PayPal, check, or credit (5 percent bonus for credit)|
|BookRenter||Good||Yes (sales via third-party suppliers)||Yes||Free both ways for rentals over $25||Yes (for rent)||No|
|eCampus||Good||Yes||Yes||Free for orders over $59, rental returns, and buybacks||Yes||Yes; direct deposit, check, or credit|
|Chegg||Good||Yes||Yes||Free for orders over $85 (with coupon), rental returns, and buybacks||Yes||Yes; check or credit|
|ValoreBooks||Don't Bother||Yes||Yes||Starting at $3.95; free for rental returns and buybacks||No||Yes; check or PayPal|