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Using this guide, you will learn how to find the textbooks for your classes and get tips for keeping textbook costs down.

PCC Bookstore: Start Here!

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The PCC Bookstore is the best place to start if you want to buy or rent a textbook. You will often find options to buy new or used textbooks, or to rent a digital ebook version of the book. Compare prices for your various options by visiting the PCC Bookstore website. You can search by book title, or select the courses you're enrolled in and see links to the book(s) you need.

Affordable Textbook Tips

NOTE: Some textbooks come with a digital access code that you need to access quizzes, tests, and assignments. If your class requires this code, you will need to buy a new textbook.

How to Buy Used Textbooks

If you decide to buy a used textbook, make sure to keep the following in mind:

  • Order the right edition of the book. Textbooks often come out with a new edition every year or two.
  • Search by ISBN whenever possible. You're more likely to get the right edition of the book.
  • Be careful with editions published for use in other countries. They may be cheaper, but the content (particularly assignments and quizzes) can be different.
  • Read up on the used copy's condition. Some books are like new, but others may include highlighting and notes in the margins.
  • See where the book ships from. The farther away, the slower standard shipping may be. If the book is coming from overseas, it may not arrive in time.
  • Factor in any shipping costs when deciding if the price is good.
  • Look at multiple used copy listings before picking one to buy.

This guide is based on Finding Low Cost Textbooks by Meghan Kowalski, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.CC BY