How to Get Free or Cheap Textbooks

How to Find a PDF Version of a Textbook for Free

posted Sep 5, 2009, 3:16 PM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 4, 2010, 11:28 PM ]

Instead of spending your hard earn cash on textbooks, why not find a cheaper alternative. Its been known to the web aficionados that there are way, way too many things on the Internet. And one of those things are PDF versions of textbooks. Now, I don't support going out doing this, since it is wrong, so I leave it to your judgement. Don't forget, there are plenty of other ways to get cheaper books, legitimately. If you're the feint of heart, then I suggest you shy away and try our other methods, there just as good. Well, let's stop the formalities and get started.

Before I begin You have to understand one thing, YOU CAN'T FIND EVERY BOOK! Get that through your mind. You can only find books that are widely used on college campuses. If you came here thinking you'd find all your books up for this semester, you'd be kidding yourself. 

At the least, you might find one book online. Maybe two if you're lucky

Save Money on Textbooks by Buying from Third Party Vendors

posted Sep 5, 2009, 3:14 PM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 2, 2010, 8:05 AM ]

Instead of buying your textbook directly from the bookstore, why not try using third party sites like,, or  Using these 3rd party vendors will guarantee you a cheaper textbook.  In some cases you can save over $100's of dollars if you just apply the methods in this tutorial.

Take a Picture of Your Textbook (it'll be Cheaper)

posted Sep 5, 2009, 3:09 PM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 2, 2010, 7:47 AM ]

If you still don't have a digital camera, make sure to go out and buy one. It's another swiss army tool every college student should have. You'll never know when you need to snap pictures of your notes, your friends, or even textbooks. Yes, you heard it, snapping pictures of your textbooks. As taboo and wrong as it sounds, you could take pictures of your textbook as a backup to read on your computer. With textbook prices soaring, cutting cost every semester can be worth the hassle. 

Obviously copying a book, without owning the original will break some laws, so make sure you're willing to deal with consequences if you're caught. I on the other hand suggest you try to get the real book for cheaper, when possible. Although taking pictures of a textbook might be straightforward, it's actually more tedious then it sounds. Don't forget, some books might have over a thousand pages. Can you imagine snapping your camera a thousand times? I've don't it, and I realized how foolish it was. But I'll let you in on how I did it:

The Library is a Good Source for Free Textbooks

posted Sep 5, 2009, 3:05 PM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 5, 2010, 12:03 AM ]

Although the library might be the last place you'll find yourself in, you might want to reconsider. Not only is it a great place to study, but it's also a great place to find books (obviously). Specifically, you can find some of the textbooks you actually need right in your library. I bet you didn't know that. Besides books, some campuses have subscriptions to thousands of scholarly journals accessible to students who want to do research. If you're fortunate to be at a research institution, you shouldn't let these research documents pass you by, because seriously, you're paying for it with your tuition. Because these subscriptions don't come free, the school spends millions on them each year with your money.

So stop being so cool, and take a stroll at your schools library, you might be suprised, but there are a lot of books at your disposal. It doesn't even have to be school books, you could even check out your favorite Harry Potter book. Anyway, enough with formalities, let's get down to business.

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