Textbook Affordability Information
MAKING TEXTBOOKS AFFORDABLE
WHAT STUDENTS CAN DO TO SAVE ON TEXTBOOKS
Visit the AACC Bookstore (online or in person) to obtain the most current, accurate textbook information. We begin posting titles up to six weeks before each major term, even earlier when possible. Our information comes directly from your faculty, so you can be sure it's correct - you have our guarantee. Shopping early gives you the opportunity to search the open marketplace, including the AACC Bookstore, for your best price and availability of new and used textbooks.
SAVE UP TO 15% ON YOUR TEXTBOOKS
Save up to 15% on your textbooks at your AACC Bookstore prior to the start of the fall, summer, and spring terms. Our next textbook discount period will be for Summer 2014 and will run from May 12th - May 18th.
YOU DO HAVE OPTIONS!
Your AACC Bookstore is one source for textbooks (we admit, it's our favorite!), but you can also buy textbooks from other students, online new and used book retailers, publishers and commercial retail bookstores. Here are some points to remember while shopping...
- Make sure to verify the ISBN in addition to title, author, edition and publication date. The ISBN is the key identifier of a title, and is the best information to use when searching the open marketplace for your textbooks. We list ISBNs on the AACC Bookstore Web site, or you can find the ISBN on the back cover of a textbook or inside along with the copyright information. We want you to get the right book, whether you buy it from us or not. If you have trouble finding the ISBN, ask our bookstore staff or your instructor.
- Buy used when possible. Used books typically save you at least 25%, sometimes more, off the cost of a new textbook.
- Check "Books for Sale" postings on campus bulletin boards, especially the large "Textbook Exchange" board outside of the AACC Bookstore. Look through online used book classifieds sites (including ours, or just search "used books" on the Web). Remember that there are no refunds when making a peer-to-peer purchase so CHECK THE ISBN to be sure it's the text your class is using.
- If buying from an online bookseller, shop with a reputable source. You can definitely find bargains online, but do factor in shipping costs and shipping times. Find out what happens if you drop the course or decide you don't want or need the book - can you get your money back? Your AACC Bookstore has a very flexible return policy, allowing you to return your textbooks up to three weeks after the start of classes if you have your receipt and your texts are in original, as-purchased condition.
- Buy access to online versions of the text, also known as e-books. E-books are less expensive than hard copy, and many come with the ability to search content by keyword/phrase, add comments, create bookmarks, and in some cases even come with free access to additional online materials. There can be drawbacks - inconvenience due to online only access, some have restrictions on printing or contain an expiration date, and there is no resale value. Your AACC Bookstore has an ever-growing selection of e-books; just look for the big, green tag when you come into your store. You can also search the Web with the term "e-books" for sources. Check out e-books to see if they are right for you.
- Bundles can be bargains BUT... You may find that your textbook is "bundled" in a shrink-wrapped package with other learning materials such as a study guide, software, or a pass code. If you have a choice between buying a textbook by itself, or in a package, make sure you will need all the materials in the package. While these extra learning materials can be of great value, they are often non-returnable once opened. If you have questions about buying a bundle, get input from your instructor or your bookstore staff.
LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVES TO BUYING
- If you have access to an older edition of the textbook, check with your instructor to see if you can use it instead of buying the most current version.
- Check out our textbook rental program or search for online textbook rental companies; listings of companies can be found by using a search engine with the term "rental textbooks."
- Pool your resources with other students and try sharing a text. You may need to work out how to split the cost, how to share time and decide on the disposition of the text at the end of the term but this may be a good option. An added benefit - you could turn your sharing group into a study group.
- The college library has a limited pool of current textbooks on reserve. You are not allowed to check them out, but if you don't need to have the book at home or in class this is a free resource. It can also be a great way to use the book on a trial basis to see if you really want to buy a copy.
- Free is good! Some titles, especially classics such as works by Shakespeare, may be available online for free. One source is Project Gutenberg; you can also try searching the Web with the term "free e-share textbooks."
OFFSET THE COST OF BUYING BOOKS BY SELLING YOUR BOOKS
Sell back unwanted texts at the end of the term. Check with us to see if the AACC Bookstore is buying back your texts; we will pay up to 50% of the new book price (up to 60% on guaranteed buybacks). You can also check online buyback services (watch for shipping fees on some sites) or list your books through online classifieds. A great avenue is to post "Used Books for Sale" on campus bulletin boards and sell your books directly to another student. There is a "Textbook Exchange" board outside of the AACC Bookstore reserved for student postings.
ABOUT OUR GUARANTEE
Your AACC Bookstore works directly with your faculty to make sure that the correct titles are on our shelves. If you purchase a textbook from the AACC Bookstore and find it was listed on our shelf tag incorrectly, bring us back your book with your original receipt and we'll refund your money plus give you a 10% off coupon you can use on the purchase of your replacement textbook.