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Textbook Alternatives

A guide to finding low-cost textbooks and textbook alternatives


About this Guide

For decades, textbooks have played an important role in higher education. But there are downsides:

  • textbooks can be expensive 
  • they can quickly become outdated 
  • publishers do not often sell copies in flexible online formats 

MacEwan Library has created this guide to help students and instructors find textbook alternatives that are more affordable while still supporting student learning. 

Still Have Questions? 

Students: Use the library's Online Chat or visit the Library Services desk in the John L. Haar Library. 

Instructors: Connect with your Subject Librarian.

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