College Textbooks – Pricey or Priceless?

College Textbooks – Pricey or Priceless?


College life is the most delightful period of anyone’s life. The most memorable incidents and friendships that last a lifetime are found here. But, like everything else in life, this too requires money, something that every college student is short on. And, apart from the tuition fees, textbooks tend to consume a large amount of money. So how would you save on expensive but crucial textbooks?

1. Beg; Borrow

As the title suggests, but not in a literal sense, instead of buying, textbooks can be borrowed from the library or the seniors who have suffered a similar plight in their preceding years but are willing to help the juniors by sharing their books.

2. The hand-me-down relief

New or old, the knowledge stored inside a book remains unchanged. Basic principles given by remarkable gentlemen like Sir Isaac Newton, Neils Bohr and James Clerk Maxwell, just to name a few, are constant. So, used textbooks can always be obtained at a cheap rate and used in the same way that a new one would be.

3. The vast Internet

Right now in 2018, the Internet is a mighty Swiss army knife that can be used for practically anything, including acquiring textbooks. The soft copy of a textbook is generally available and can be easily downloaded in any suitable format from websites like

This is even more convenient as your whole library can be carried everywhere hassle-free because it weighs literally nothing more than the weight of your device.

4. Sharing is caring

Instead of buying all the textbooks individually, convince a couple of friends to split them within the group. That way, the whole group will collectively own one set of textbooks which can be shared as per requirement.

5. Who uses hard-copies anymore?

If you are one who doesn’t really care about having an actual textbook in your hand and can manage with soft-copies, the best way to tackle the situation is by paying a small visit to the library and issuing all the necessary books. Then, using a smartphone camera (everyone has a smartphone now!), Scan all the necessary pages of the textbook and use as per your will.

But, this technique is feasible only when a small number of pages are required. But if patience and time are in abundance, then be unstoppable!

6. Google Books

Everyone has those one or two obscure textbooks, of which the college library has only one copy which is consistently issued and you can’t get your hands on. A better option would be to use Google Books. It is a vast library containing all the books you would ever need to finish college and further. All that is needed is a working Internet connection at nearly all times and visiting and you’re good to go!

7. Alternative sources

The prescribed textbooks are not the only sources of knowledge. A short visit to the professors’ cabin could prove useful for tips and tricks to deal with the issue. You could also consult the seniors for ideas on how to handle dilemma feasibly.

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College life is a critical period of time and to enjoy fully is possible only with friends. But what’s the use when you’re the only one who has saved a buck or two by dint of the handy-dandy tricks mentioned earlier. The right way to go would be by sharing this vital advice with the squad and consequently having enough cash to do as per everyone’s heart desires and to enjoy college to its fullest extent.

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