If you’re headed back to campus this semester, your syllabus probably has a list of expensive books to buy. You can make your dollars stretch a little further if you buy used or secondhand, and this week we’re looking at some of the best sites where you can score cheap textbooks without breaking the bank.

AbeBooks

AbeBooks has been around for ages, and changed remarkably little over the years, but that’s a good thing. The service still searches and offers massive discounts on textbooks from thousands of different retailers, all to make sure you get the best possible prices on the books you have to buy. They’re also a marketplace in and of themselves, meaning you can get many of your textbooks right there on the site, and sell used textbooks back to them directly instead of going to multiple retailers.

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GetTextbooks

GetTextbooks.com compares new used textbook prices from hundreds of online bookstores to find the cheapest textbook prices every time. Definitely worth checking here!

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The Co-op

The Co-op is Australia’s largest and Official supplier of textbooks , educational, development and learning resources.

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AbeBooks

AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books. Millions of brand new books, used books, rare books, and out-of-print books are offered for sale through the AbeBooks websites from thousands of booksellers around the world.  Readers can find bestsellers, collectors can find rare books, students can find new and used textbooks, and treasure hunters can find long-lost books.

Founded in 1995 by two couples from Victoria, AbeBooks.com went live in 1996 and immediately began to transform the world’s used book business by making hard-to-find books easy to locate and purchase.  In 2002, the New York Times described the company as “an actual Internet success story.” By 2003, the United Nations acclaimed AbeBooks as one of the world’s leading ecommerce companies at its World Summit.

The unique inventory of books for sale from booksellers includes the world’s finest antiquarian books dating back to the 15th century, countless out-of-print gems, millions of signed books, millions of used copies, a vast selection of college textbooks and new books too.

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Book Depository

The Book Depository is the UK’s largest dedicated online bookseller, offering the largest range of titles in the world, available for dispatch within 48 hours. Founded in 2004 to make ‘All Books available to All’ they focus on selling ‘less of more’ rather than ‘more of less’, differentiating themselves from other retailers who increasingly focus on bestsellers.

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Christianbook.com, LLC is the online affiliate of Christian Book Distributors, Inc.. As the world’s largest distributor of Christian products, CBD sends 65 mailings of unique catalogs to millions of customers each year, while Christianbook.com provides online access to their premier selection of Christian products–over 500,000 books, Bibles, DVDs, CDs, gifts, toys, games, and more.

In 1996 Christianbook.com became the online home of Christian Book Distributors, a mail order company with over 20 years of experience supplying its catalog customers with Christian products at the lowest possible prices. Christianbook.com has taken advantage of the unlimited space online, providing additional information such as: author profiles and interviews; lengthy descriptions, excerpts, music clips, articles and reviews; and specialized search engines.

Payment & Shipping

Payments can be made using Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card, American Express, or PayPal. For those who prefer to pay by check, you may order online using an “electronic check” via your regular checking account. The check must be in US dollars, from a US bank.

Christianbook.com currently offers five shipping methods in US from 1 business days to 2 weeks. For shipping to an international destination, their economy air service is available with a 2-6 week delivery time. International shipping rates are based on the weight of the order.

Users Reviews

Cindia,

If you’re looking for a store that specializes in Christian merchandise this is the one stop I recommend to you. Great prices and amazing flat rate shipping price. Their online and phone customer service are excellent, efficient and fast. I once wanted to add something to my order after I submitted my order. They were helpful in adding it without any major extra fees. Their shipping department usually ships things very fast which usually ships the day you order unless you order after the time they ship their stuff that day. I found out that they had to ship it separately yet they only charged me for addition item as though it was combined with my other order.

Becky,

Fabulous prices on Bibles — they are also known on the web as cbd.com. You can often find coupon codes through retailmenot.com for even better prices. I order many gifts from them — they let you include a gift message free and ship to a gift address which amazon and most sites don’t — so you can order gifts for all your relatives with a personalized gift message and ship it for $3.99 directly from them and the relatives feel like they got a beautiful gift direct from you — and you didn’t have to mail it and write out a card! I have been purchasing from them for over 10 years — never had a problem. Standard shipping usually about 5-7 days — free shipping over certain amounts. Most items are 25%-70% off manufacturer list price — I love their Bibles – engraving only $5.00.

Joel,

Has a huge selection and great deals. I have made multiple purchases and am very pleased with their products and service.

Kelly,

They had very good prices and very decent shipping time. i was pleased with their books and satisfied with my first time buying from them. They have made it easy and carefree to buy. I have no complaints with them as they are a very good online store.

Pearlan,

I am so happy to be able to review Christian Book Distributors! As a Christian Educator (adults & teens), I have ordered from this company for at least 10 years. I have always been more than satisfied with the customer service (I prefer to phone orders in). I’ve found the employees to be friendly and very helpful. The variety saves me valuable time! The cost allows me tools to teach with that I might otherwise not have.

Proverbs,

Just about every Christian book or item you could ever want, on one webpage!

I have shopped many times at Christianbook.com, as well as though their snail mail catalog. I am the librarian for our church, and in doing the job have had the opportunity to go to a few of their warehouse sales as well (if you get the chance, go!! They have fabulous deals). In every case I have been nothing but pleased with their prices, their selection, and their customer service.

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I had been getting my reads from Amazon before. They offer a huge selection and reasonable prices, but their shipping costs were huge. I’m sure they’re smaller in the UK or US, but the delivery to Lithuania had cost me as much as the books themselves! (Amazon charges both per-package and per-item, basically doubling the cost). Besides, the package used to take more than two weeks to reach me.

This is where I started looking for an alternative, and The Book Depository caught my eye due to their advertised “free worldwide delivery”. After buying and receiving my first order from them, I said goodbye to Amazon and their overpriced international shipping!

What is Book Depository?

The Book Depository is the UK’s largest dedicated online bookseller, offering the largest range of titles in the world, available for dispatch within 48 hours. Founded in 2004 to make ‘All Books available to All’ they focus on selling ‘less of more’ rather than ‘more of less’, differentiating themselves from other retailers who increasingly focus on bestsellers.

Why Book Depository?

Here’s why I prefer The Book Depository over Amazon:

  • Free worldwide shipping: only pay for your book, no matter which country you live in. Forget overpriced delivery charges!
  • Competitive prices: Amazon and BookDepository usually offer similar prices. That means buying from BD is cheaper, since Amazon will also charge additional money for shipping. Only in very rare cases where Amazon book price + shipping costs are less than BookDepository book price, I’d order from Amazon.
  • Fast delivery: interestingly enough, TheBookDepository packages usually reach me in a few days, while Amazon parcels used to take 2 weeks – despite BD offering free shipping and Amazon charging unreasonable amounts for it! Go figure.
  • PayPal support: this is a big one! Amazon only lets me pay with my credit card, while BD allows me to use PayPal, which is much more convenient and secure.

What other Customers are Saying?

Emery

I have been a loyal Amazon Customer for a number of years, mistakenly believing they offered the best price (and with free shipping on a $25.00 purchase), the best all around bargain. I have since discovered THE BOOK DEPOSITORY through one of Jewel’s earlier posts.
Just for the heck of it- I searched their database for THE HIGHEST STAKES and found they offer the lowest price I have yet seen $10.31 (list is $15.95)AND free shipping worldwide! What a bargain!
I will probably place my next book order with them. (I usually buy about 10 books a month)

Kay

I purchased 2 books, and one of them was a 45 day wait, because I pre-ordered it before the publication was on the shelf. I also ordered my grandson the Dr. Seuss ABC cards. The cards and one of the books arrived 4 days before promised, and in perfect conditon. The pre-ordered book also came earlier than expected in perfect conditon, as well. This was my first experience with the Book Depository, and I was extremely satisfied with the delivery service, and the condition of the products. They have a wide selection of titles to choose from, and have very competive prices. As far as I am concerned the Book Depository rocks it! I will be a repeat customer.

Robert

Ordered from Book-depository because Amazon doesn’t accept pay-pal. Price was quite good (bought two of the Andrew Loomis books. A long dream come true) and delivery-time was set at 7-10 work days, which I figured shouldn’t be a problem.
Ordered on April 11. Book 1 was dispatched on April 12. Book 2 on April 14.
Both arrived together on April 24th. Total: 9 work days. So delivered as promised

Peter Davis

Books in Australia are ridiculously expensive. Shipping to Australia is also very costly – we are a long way from anywhere. If you are prepared to wait a few weeks, Book Depository are just about the cheapest place to get books; far cheaper (in general) than the company that now owns them, Amazon. I just checked and I have placed 29 orders with them so far, and had no problems. They often have both US and UK versions of a book, so be careful if localised language matters to you.

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