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Textbook Alternatives

A guide to finding low-cost textbooks and textbook alternatives


Other Options

Keep Using Older Editions

Only switch to a new edition of a textbook if the content is outdated or the edition becomes unavailable from publishers. This gives students more opportunities to buy used copies and sell them when they are no longer needed.

Find Lower Cost Alternatives

  • Is there a cheaper textbook with comparable content?
  • Can you replace a textbook with library resources like scholarly articles, eBooks, and book chapters, or sources that students can access freely online? 

Switch to a Digital Rental Option

Consider assigning a textbook with a digital rental option. The following sites offer rental options for many popular textbooks:

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