It’s the end of the semester, and with all the work of finals period, few of us have time to consider the logistics of where to buy storage boxes or how best to get rid of our no-longer-needed textbooks. Enter WhatIsMyTextbookWorth.com: Founded by two 2012 college grads, the website lets you search for your book and will compare offers from Amazon, Chegg, ValoreBooks, Cash4Books, and other sites, as well as allowing you to list your books on its free exchange. The goal is help you get the most $$$ for your beloved (or potentially unused) books that are now ready to find a new home.
When I saw the price of one of my textbooks in the bookstore, I had to slow down grab the wall. How can a few pieces of paper and cardboard possibly cost $375? For reference, that’s the cost of 750 ounces of fro-yo. There are rumors of classes with book lists running up to $700—I’m pretty sure you could buy a miniature horse with that kind of money. So should you actually shell out the dough for that textbook? Here’s a handy guide to help you find out:
1. Are you still shopping the class?
It seems like professors expect everyone shopping their class to have already bought the list of a dozen books on the syllabus by the first day (that is, if you don’t walk out halfway through). But if you’re not sure you’re going to take the course, definitely hold out.
2. Can you find the book online?
In one of my classes, my professor told us, “I’m not endorsing anything, but if you google the textbook, the first result may or may not be an entire PDF of it.” If the book is available as a handy downloadable file, there’s no need to spend money on some fancy sheets of paper.
Though you may still be trapped under a five-foot snowdrift, school is coming soon. To ease the pain of one of your many readjustment woes, the New York Times has provided a helpful list of all the places to purchase low-cost textbooks. Hint: The Brown Bookstore is not one of them.