While it may take a bit more advanced planning than just heading to the campus bookstore, buying your college textbooks online can be a great alternative. With a little research, you can easily save yourself some serious time, effort, and money. And with some sites offering free or reduced expedited shipping, the "advanced planning" you need might only be a day or two.
Unfortunately, however, with so many online retailers offering college textbooks for sale, it's hard to know which places are the best. A site with great prices, for example, might not have a great delivery record or might deliver books that are far from usable. (Highlighter abuse, anyone?)
There are some websites out there that do a great job, though, in offering textbook purchases online. If you know of a great site, make sure to nominate it for the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Award for Best Website for Buying College Textbooks!
The timeline for the 2013 Readers' Choice Awards is as follows:
- Nominations will be accepted from January 14 - February 11, 2013
- Voting will take place from February 19 - March 19, 2013
- Winners will be announced on March 27, 2013
Please also note that the About.com Guide to College Life, Kelci Lynn Lucier, will be facilitating the process. She will select the final nominees based on the number and quality of nominations received. For more information on the awards, please visit the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards homepage.