My Story: A Grad Student's Guide to Books
Textbooks: A Hidden Cost of College
Could you use an extra $900 this school year? After enrolling in a course at my local community college for some continuing education credits, I discovered that the required textbook was nearly half of the tuition. This realization catapulted the search for an alternative to the college bookstore. Armed with the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), I turned to the Internet to research options. Besides the more obvious tactic of buying a used textbook, this is what I discovered:
It should be noted that there seems to be a market for "international editions" of textbooks used in the United States. The international editions are usually paperback, printed on thin paper, and display a different cover, but are otherwise purported to have the same content as versions printed for sale in the United States. Because these books are not intended to be sold in the States, however, it may not be legal for the book to be imported. Additionally, students often have a difficult time reselling the international editions because of the inferior quality.
Given the alternatives noted above, there is a good possibility you can save a portion of the average $900 that www.textbooks.com claims students spend each year on college textbooks. Learn something new everyday, at a fraction of the cost!
In addition to being a cost-conscious consumer, Kelli Ellenburg is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She has more than ten years of industry experience.
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