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Five Websites That Sell Cheap Textbooks

Introduction to Cheap Textbooks

Cheap textbooks are hard to find. I’m cheap, to begin with, so spending over two hundred dollars on a textbook that was only going to give me a headache just plain sucked. I did some research, and the obvious websites are listed, but there should be a couple you haven’t heard of before.

Spending money on textbooks is hard. It was my least favorite part of college. So here are the best websites I could find during college to purchase cheap textbooks.

Cheap Textbook Websites


Here’s the obvious one! I really liked Chegg because they are easy to rent from, easy to return books to, and even buy back textbooks you purchased! A lot of my textbooks came from Chegg. They have great customer service and do have great pricing for the majority of their textbooks.

Abe’s Books

Abe’s books is a lot like Chegg, but they have a lot more literature. So if you’re like I was, an English major, you will need to purchase multiple books for multiple classes and paying full price for novels at the campus bookstore or Barnes and Noble can get pricey. You can find classic novels on Abe’s for under five dollars. This site really comes in handy for any English courses. They do sell used textbooks too!

Slug Books

The mecca! Slug Books is where you should really start. You can enter in the ISBN number for any textbook and it will give you the lowest price to rent or buy across multiple websites. It’s the Expedia of textbooks!

Valore Books

I used Valore a lot too while in college. I believe I bought a couple of my Norton Anthologies from here. They sell used textbooks for the fraction of the original price and should definitely be a site to check.


This is one I came across later in my college years. It’s specifically for renting textbooks only. So if you’re a renter, this is for you! They are super cheap (you can rent a Norton Anthology from them for around $30 when they’re usually $100 or more). They’re a lifesaver!

If you want to know more than how to find cheap textbooks, read about the must-have items I had in college click here.

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