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TIPS FOR BUYING CHEAP COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS ONLINE

College textbooks can cost students more than $300 each semester. Buying online offers cheap alternatives.

(Victoria, BC – August 26, 2005) More college students than ever before will purchase their textbooks online during the current back-to-school season, so AbeBooks.com – the world’s largest online marketplace for new and used books – has prepared a series of helpful tips for college-bound buyers.

  • Buy early – plan ahead and avoid buying just before classes begin because prices rise when supplies run low;
  • Buy used textbooks– secondhand textbooks offer the largest savings by far and it is not hard to find significant savings of $50 or more on list prices;
  • Consider older editions of your desired textbook for massive savings on list prices – if there have been no major updates to your subject, an older edition will be fine;
  • Use the ISBN for rapid searching. Every book published since 1970 has an ‘International Standard Book Number’ (a 10-digit unique number) and searches by ISBN locate the exact book and disregards titles with similar names;
  • Look for the growing number of independent booksellers offering free shipping;
  • Look for a bookseller in your local area - the book will arrive quicker and shipping will be cheaper;
  • If you must buy a new textbook, shop around – the most well-known websites are not always the cheapest;
  • Sell your textbooks back through the AbeBooks.com buyback program on its ‘Textbook Central’ section. Remember – don’t write on your textbook and help keep its value.

And remember by buying used textbooks you will help drive down the prices of new textbooks for future generations of students.

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About AbeBooks
AbeBooks is the world's largest online marketplace for books, with over 70 million new, second-hand, rare, and out-of-print titles listed for sale by more than 13,000 independent booksellers from around the world. AbeBooks has millions of registered customers who collectively purchase more than 20,000 books a day from its 5 global websites (AbeBooks.com, AbeBooks.co.uk, AbeBooks.de, AbeBooks.fr and Iberlibro.com). A true internet success story, AbeBooks.com has been selling books online since 1996, and is a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with offices in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Contacts:
Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr., AbeBooks.com
Ph: 250-412-3238
rdavies@abebooks.com

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