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Affordable Textbooks: New & Used Options

Find new and used textbooks online by browsing our selection of millions of cheap textbooks at affordable prices for college students and life-long learners. Compare pricing for new and used textbooks and other professional books from independent sellers from around the world. We make buying college textbooks easier and more affordable. Check out our back-to-school discounts and promotions to save even more when you buy textbooks.

Alibris sells cheap textbooks by connecting buyers with independent sellers from around the world. Whether you're buying new or used textbooks, we guarantee your satisfaction with simple and affordable shipping.

You can even find books with free shipping to help you save even more. Search for your college textbooks by entering the title, author, or ISBN number. Need the newest version of your textbook? We've got you covered. While we sell used textbooks, we also sell the latest textbook editions from top subjects and publishers to ensure you're getting the book you need to succeed in your courses. Don't have enough room in your backpack for all your textbooks? Consider buying an e-textbook you can use on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Used Textbooks

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Tired of getting overcharged at the student bookstore or other retailers? At Alibris, you will find MILLIONS of cheap textbooks at super-low prices all ready to be purchased.
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Sell Textbooks

Finished with a class? Alibris will offer the best price to buy back your textbook. Search via ISBN to turn your books into cash.
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Textbooks FAQs

When classes are over, you might be wondering what you can do with your old textbooks. Luckily, you have a few options, including:

  • Selling: You can sell your textbooks back to Alibris to help you earn money back on your purchase for the next time you need a book. We buy back textbooks, or you can sell them back by becoming a casual seller through our platform.
  • Donating: College textbooks are expensive, and you can reduce someone's financial burden by donating your used textbooks to someone in need. Local libraries and charities allow you to donate your books through their various programs, but you may also be able to find someone on campus who would appreciate your donation.
  • Recycling: If you have kept your textbooks for too long and they're out of date, consider recycling them instead of tossing them in the trash.
  • Trading: Some colleges have marketplaces that allow you to trade your textbooks with other students to get your next textbook virtually free.

The best option for you will depend on your needs, but selling your textbooks can help you recoup some of the money so you'll have something to buy textbooks with next semester.

Depending on your courses, your textbooks can cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars every semester. Textbook prices depend on the publishers, and many publishers release new editions every year. Luckily, many professors will choose not to force students to buy the new editions, allowing you to save money on used textbooks. Before buying textbooks online, always check with your professor whether or not you can buy a previous edition.

Buying used textbooks online can help you save money and time. Buying used books allows you to get the information you need to successfully pass your coursework while ensuring you're not overpaying. Used books are available in fair or good condition, so you don't have to worry about using a damaged textbook. Alibris can help you search for all of the textbooks you need by allowing you to compare sellers and prices.

International edition textbooks are international versions of US textbooks published for use outside of the US. These textbooks have the same information but are much cheaper than US editions.

You can find all the textbooks you need for class from the comfort of your own home. Enter the ISBNs of all your books in the search box, and we'll give you the best results. You can also search for textbooks by subject, title, or author.

You can find cheap textbooks right here! Depending on what type of deals you're looking for, you can filter your results to find free shipping or apply coupon codes to help you save even more on next semester's study materials.

Alibris isn't just for buying textbooks; you can sell us your used textbooks to get some money back on your investments. Visit our textbook buyback page to learn more about the program and start selling your used textbooks today.