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Purchasing College Textbooks for Homeschooling
When we're looking for high school books, sometimes we purchase college texts instead, so I thought other homeschoolers might find some of my links useful.
http://Textbookland.com/ At this site you can enter the book name or ISBN of a textbook and it will search and pull prices from various online stores. It also includes the rental price of textbooks.
We've had good luck renting textbooks from http://Cheggs.com/ but there are other companies that do this also.
http://Amazon.com/ is now renting some textbooks for 130 days. You can return them for free in the first 30 days if it isn't what you want. You can keep them for 130 days. You can pay a fee and extend it. You can purchase them and have the rental cost apply to the purchase price. Details about renting books from Amazon.
CollegeXpress at http://www.collegexpres.com/aboutus.asp offers international versions of some textbooks. I've never used them, but the concept is very interesting if there is a book you really want and can't find a cheaper alternative.
Used bookstores often have early editions of textbooks, when the colleges have moved on to later editions and won't buy the last edition back from the students. The advantage is that you can hold them, flip through them to help you decide if it will work for you, and it is often at a much better price than you can find the current edition.