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By Mike Poiesz
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – Students find that buying and renting books online, as well as downloading eBooks and chapters, are cheaper alternatives than buying from the school store.

Jade Lucas, an employee at Camden County College’s school store, checks the store’s stock of textbooks. By Mike Poiesz, CCC Journalism Program

Jade Lucas, an employee at Camden County College’s school store, checks the store’s stock of textbooks. By Mike Poiesz, CCC Journalism Program

Buying textbooks for school can burn more than just a hole in your pocket. While Camden County College’s bookstore offers to buy back students’ books for half price, certain books need to be kept for additional classes and personal reference.

Ryan Smith, a freshman at CCC, bought a new copy of “Photoshop: Restoration and Retouching” on Amazon.com for $35, $20 less than what the school store offers. Hunting for new methods to save money, Smith will often scour websites checking for deals on textbooks a month or two before the start of the new semester. As to how he plans to purchase his textbooks next semester, he replied, “I will consider buying all my books online, seeing as how I can find better deals than in the school store.”

Demi Badolato, another freshman at CCC, bought all her books from the school’s store this semester but feels they are too pricey. When the time comes to prepare for the next semester, she plans to purchase her books online and even try out eBooks. Already owning a Kindle Fire, Badolato says, “EBooks make it easy so I don’t have to carry any books.” Aside from cutting down the number of books carried to a single tablet, buying eBooks is the same price as, if not cheaper than, buying a physical book. Some of the key features offered by the Kindle Fire and its eBooks are the ability to highlight text, take notes and bookmark pages.

For students who want to get what they need for the semester and want to get rid of their books at the end of it, Chegg.com is an option. For example, the cost of renting “World Civilizations 9th Edition” from Chegg.com is only $27.49, while the rental price in the campus store is $54.90. Once the semester ends, students can send their rented books back to Chegg.com by printing out the shipping label, boxing the book up and dropping it off at a UPS location free of charge. For those looking to sell books they no longer need, the site also offers to buy them, providing a free shipping label.

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