Buying Used Textbooks

Great information from an expert in the Eastern Echo on June 28th


Students are getting ready to head to bookstores to purchase their fall textbooks.

Here are a few options they might want to consider.

Eastern Michigan University professor James Pinson recommends purchasing earlier editions of textbooks to save money.

“I find myself talking to students the first day about any acceptable, cheaper alternatives to texts I require or recommend,” Pinson said.

Emanuel said she would purchase earlier editions of textbooks depending on the subject.

“I’d definitely buy an older edition if the price was right and if the professor okayed it,” Emanuel said.

Students might want to talk with their professors to find out what editions of textbooks are acceptable for the courses they are taking.

Pinson also encourages students to purchase used copies of textbooks.

“There’s nothing wrong with buying used textbooks and I think many students prefer them,” he said.

If students purchase used copies of earlier textbook editions, they could save approximately 98 percent.

For example, a used copy of “Working With Words: A Handbook for Media Writers and Editors (6th edition)” can be purchased for $1 on eBay.

Pinson offers a few words of advice to the increasing amount of students choosing to rent and purchase used copies of textbooks.

“I’d just say compare what percentage you typically get selling back a book at the end of the semester, versus just paying the rental price and returning the book for nothing,” Pinson said. “I’d recommend that students wait until the first day of class before buying books to see whether they really need to spend as much money as they might think.”


So bottom line, don’t discount buying used textbooks, they can save you a bundle.

Yours Truly,

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