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some terminology...

New - Brand new textbooks.

Used - Like a traditional used bookstore. All the books are sold out of the same storefront, so you pay just one shipping fee for your entire purchase.

Marketplace - In a marketplace, individual sellers (students, small booksellers, etc.) list their new and used textbooks for sale. Prices are almost always better here than in a used bookstore, but you'll have to pay a separate shipping fee for each book sold by a different seller.

price comparison tools

Type in the book you want, and these sites will tell you what it costs (new & used) at dozens of stores across the web. Shipping costs, available coupons and any taxes are also listed.

Cheapest Textbooks


New & Marketplace.
Free Shipping on $25 orders (new books only).

Marketplace only. Half.com is owned by eBay, - so when you search for a book on Half.com, they'll also let you know if the book you want is up for auction on eBay.

Valore Books
Marketplace only.

New, Used and Marketplace.
Free Shipping on $59 orders (new & used books only)

New, Used and Marketplace.
Free shipping on $49 new & used orders.

Barnes & Noble
New & Marketplace. Super fast free shipping on $25 orders (new books only) -- in stock orders arrive in 4 business days or less (vs. 6-10 business days at Amazon).
Free shipping on $25 orders (new books only).

Textbooks.com - New & Used. Free shipping on $25.

textbooksNow - Used only. Free shipping on all orders in continental US.

PhatCampus - New & Used.

BookByte - New & Used.

Alibris - Used & Marketplace.

AbeBooks.com - Marketplace.