Where do you get textbooks for online college?

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Where do you get textbooks for online college?

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You've signed up for your online courses, and are ready to study! How do you find the textbooks you need?

OpenStax

You might not have to pay for your textbooks at all. OpenStax is a foundation that provides completely copyright-compliant textbooks for free or for the cost of printing them. They often offer both electronic or printed versions. Currently, the range of textbooks that they offer is small but they are consistently adding to their library, and it is worth checking here first to see if you can save the cost of a textbook entirely.

Amazon

Amazon will probably have the widest range and this is a great option if you need to get books for a wide variety of classes. You will probably have a few options for most textbooks: purchase a new or used physical copy, buy an e-book version, or rent the book for a specified amount of time.

Chegg

Chegg often has more specialized textbooks for specific specialty fields. You will again probably have a few options: purchase a new or used physical copy, buy an e-book version, or rent the book. Chegg differs from some of the other places to get textbooks because they started out as a textbook rental company. If you want to just rent your book, they often have the most competitive rates and frequently offer coupons.

For more information about buying your own textbooks, check out this article: Why College Textbooks are so Expensive and How to Avoid Overpaying for Them

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