We don’t like to brag, but the average savings for BookDevils users, compared to retail pricing, is 60%!We were never very good at math, but we're pretty sure that's over half-off!
Yes, our awesome website can find you the cheapest book available – GREAT! But you might still be able to save even more! (What?!)
Here’s how: once you have found the cheapest option or the website you prefer to buy from for your textbook(s) with us, go Google “[website.com] promo codes [month year]”, or something to that effect. Try a few different searches, if necessary, until you get the one that looks most promising. During your search, you will find dedicated promotion code sites like RetailMeNot.com and FatWallet.com that usually have a few regular deals for almost every store online – not just textbooks, too! But you might also find coupon codes from forums and other random places. Then, as you are checking out with your book(s), try a few of the codes you’ve found until one works. It’s that easy!
You might also find that you’ll discover a textbook site in our results that regularly uses and allows textbook promo codes, so as you search. If so, check to see if it is one of the cheaper options each time you look for a book, and whenever it is, check to see if the latest textbook coupon code for that site makes that textbook the cheapest option after the code is applied.
It is possible, of course, that the cheapest book price cannot take advantage of a textbook promo code, but… it never hurts to check and try to save even more money!
This tip may seem scary to you. How can you go to class without your textbooks on the first day? Well read on! Doing so is completely safe, and will definitely save you money! First, to put your mind at ease, consider this. Most universities give a 1-2 week grace period when classes begin, where you can change courses without penalty or issue, in case you change your mind, signed up for the wrong course, etc. If you’ve taken college courses before, you’ve probably noticed that the first week or two are extremely light, partly for this reason, as some students who sign up or change into the course late will be playing catch-up, and instructors must accomodate. For many courses, the first day is simply going over the syllabus – a great use of your tuition dollars – and many students learn not to even bother to show up on the first day of class! Reading assignments are usually minimal-to-nonexistent the first few weeks as well. So if you wait until AFTER the first day of class to order your textbooks online with our College Textbook Price Comparison Search Tool, you will be just fine, we promise!
But okay, why do we recommend you avoid buying textbooks until after class has begun? Simple. You might not need your books! Sometimes the “generic” course description, or even the instructor’s syllabus online (which are NOTORIOUS for being outdated from previous semesters) will list one or more textbooks that are either optional, or not needed/wanted by your instructor at all! Sometimes the listed book is out-of-date or just the wrong version, and your professor will (hopefully) apologize, and ask you to get the current or correct version, if you already purchased the incorrect one. WHEN that happens (and it probably will), you’ll find you feel quite silly for showing up with the wrong book, believe us. Also, sometimes instructors will simply tell you that you do not need the usual textbook. Perhaps they will provide all material to you in-class and online. Often instructors do not care for the textbook that is recommended for that particular course, and recommend another, or will make it standard for you to get by without one. Some courses are even required to have a certain number of the required textbook available for use in the campus library, for use for free! And believe it or not, sometimes professors just want to help you save money, and do so by eliminating the need to spend hundreds of dollars on one or more textbooks, one way or another! But if you find yourself in a typical course, and are required to spend money on at least one textbook, save as much as you can with our College Textbook Price Comparison Search Tool!
And furthermore, instructors of courses that will require you to have a textbook available on the first day of class will always attempt to notify of such requirements weeks in advance, and most students are signed up for their courses a few months in advance, so this should not be an issue. In the unusual case that you show up unawares, only to find that you actually need your textbook immediately (which is very, VERY rare), you always can fall back on your college bookstore. Although we do not recommend any campus-sponsored bookstore for price reasons, they are required to carry books for all courses, so you can rest assured they will have you covered, in a worst-case scenario. Plus even with the occasional race to the bookstore for a course like this, you’ll still save a ton by holding off on your books until that first class session. But again, to allow for potential course changes and swaps, the need for a book on the first day of class rarely occurs, and we highly recommend you wait until you can be certain of your textbook needs before spending money – and when you’re ready to spend, save as much as possible with our College Textbook Price Comparison Search Tool!
It is always good to be prepared, but in the case of textbooks, you can definitely jump the gun, and spend money on textbooks you don’t need, or on the wrong versions of the right books. So wait until class has started, and THEN come use our College Textbook Comparison Search Tool to buy your books! Our “availability” option will let you know which books can be in your hands in a matter of days, if not hours, so you don’t have to stress about how long shipping will take, and you’ll be on-track before you know it!
Yes, avoid your college bookstore for buying textbooks – even used ones. Sadly, you will NEVER save much money shopping there. We aren’t trying to dampen your fervent school spirit – we’re passionate about our universities too. However, college bookstores have a great deal of overhead, and also usually are required to give a large portion of their income back to the school. Their prices on textbooks will always be marked up, even on their used versions – of which there are usually a very limited selection of; most textbooks in college bookstores are new, unfortunately, and their used stock is always limited.
But hey, there’s nothing wrong with shopping around! If you like to be as thorough as possible, take a look at your college bookstore – but wait, and don’t buy right away. Rather, find out how much your books will cost you at your college textbook source, and then come compare the prices with our College Textbook Price Comparison Search Tool, and see just how much you’ll save! The best part about having a college bookstore on-campus is that they’re required to carry your book for you, so you can wait until the absolute last minute (or even after class begins, as we recommend – check out Textbook Buying Tip #3!) to buy your books, giving you time to search for the best price in the meantime! But we can confidently recommend you avoid the store altogether, and save yourself both time and money, and just use our College Textbook Price Comparison Search Tool to get the lowest prices!
So unless you want to give even more money to your school on top of tuition, housing, food, etc., and pay more even for used versions, get your textbooks through our College Textbook Price Comparison Search Tool. We will find you the absolute lowest price available anywhere, EVERY time. We compare over 30 online bookstores, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chegg, eBay, Valore, and many others, to make sure you save as much as possible on your college textbooks!
This may seem obvious, but this is the single biggest money-saving tip for textbook buying: NEVER buy a NEW textbook. You can literally save hundreds on a single book by avoiding the brand-new version. Depending on the course, some new textbooks can cost upwards of $500 or more, but the used copies are almost always only a fraction of that cost. Even the “cheap” new textbooks will usually cost at least double what their used counterparts will run, so no matter what your textbooks cost, you are likely to save at least 50% just by sticking to this principle, and the best place to find the lowest textbook prices, used or otherwise, is with our College Textbook Price Comparison Search Tool.
But the benefits don’t end with just initial financial savings! Most universities (and many online textbook retailers) will buy back books at the end of the semester, so you can recoup some of the cost of your books! And if you bought your textbooks used, and therefore cheaper than new retail books, you’ll recoup a much greater portion of the money you invested in the first place!
Also, another minor perk of buying your books used is you’ll often find the person who had the book before you took the time to highlight a great deal of useful information, like key terms you have to know in each chapter. This can make the initial markup of your textbooks easier (if highlighting is your thing), or reviewing before a test a bit smoother.
But if you prefer your (used) textbooks free of markups, most online retailers will show a snippet of information on the condition of the book, so that you can judge if the level of marking in the book, among other signs of wear, is to your liking. There are plenty of unwritten-on textbooks out there as well, so fear not, and shop smart!
Why pay more for new, when you can get the same textbook functionality (if not a few extra perks as well) for less? If you’re like most students, you’re only going to use your textbook for a few months, and then you won’t ever open it again for the rest of your life – it’s something that’s going to become effectively a paperweight after you’re done with it. So scrape by, pay as little as possible, and sell your book back immediately after the semester / term is over, to maximize your savings!
There is not a better place to start saving the most money on textbooks than with our College Textbook Price Comparison Search Tool, which checks every major online textbook retailer, and finds you the lowest prices on all forms of textbooks: used textbooks, eBook textbooks, rental textbooks, and… unfortunately… also new textbooks.