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Take a Picture

Take a picture

This will probably be the last recommendation for textbook options.  I don't advocate this method, neither do I really support digital versions of books in general.  I'd rather have a copy of a textbook in my hand to read.  Believe me, I've tried both.  However, if you are trying to find a way to save some cash again, this one is the ultimate strategy.  All you need is a camera with a decent pixel rating.  I think something with at least 5 mega pixels and up is a good candidate to do this.

If you haven't figured it out from the title, what you'll be doing is taking a picture of your textbook.  Go to the bookstore, buy the book and keep the receipt.  Take it home, bust out your camera and start snapping pictures.  Just to let you know, it can take a few hours and the process is just so monotonous.  Your doing the same thing over and over.  It can get quite boring (just to warn you).  Here are some things to take note of:

  1. Make sure that you keep the book in good condition so you can return it.
  2. Make sure you know the last day to return book (keep receipt)
  3. I recommend buying a book stand so you can place your book on it and read it upright to take pictures easier.
  4. You might need some non destructive tape that can hold pages to the side.  The reason why is that pages might be difficult to take pictures especially of small books.
  5. Make sure you have proper lighting.  I only recommend doing this during the day.  You should do this near a window with enough light, but not too bright that it produces a glare.


This method is something I honestly don't recommend, just like the PDF hunt as well.  You can try it out for yourself and see how it goes, but it'll never substitute from having the physical book in your hands.  If you plan on going this route, you might want to make sure you have a big enough monitor to read your image files.

You might want to try photocopying your book.  It'll be cheaper.