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Finding Textbooks  

There are now many options for for students and faculty to obtain textbooks for a class. This guide links to vendors that sell, rent, or publish textbooks, showcases open source options, and lists Ebooks already owned by the SU Library.
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Price Comparison Sites

These sites will help you to locate the cheapest price on a text by presenting prices for new, used and rental options side-by-side.

Booksellers Online

  • Amazon
  • Abebooks
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Cengage Brain
    Allows you to purchase book in different formats, including single chapters, to save money, or to rent.
  • is an informational website focused on comparison of current and previous editions of textbooks, and lists all formats in which specific textbook is available. This information is helpful for students when they are choosing what version of the book to acquire, especially when the budget is tight.

Digital Textbook Sources

  • Cafescribe
    The "MyScribe reader makes it possible to search, highlight, take notes, cross-reference, sort text, connect with others using the same eTextbook and share notes with them... essentially, to manipulate the content with a variety of intuitive, easy-to-use tools to support learning and secure an academic edge."
  • Coursesmart
  • Barnes and Noble and NookStudy
    An application from Barnes and Noble that allows you to integrate your e-textbooks with your study and class notes, and more. Works with Blackboard. Does not work with mobile devices. The e-textbook itself will be purchased from Barnes and Noble.
  • Textbooks on Google Play
    You can rent (or buy) textbooks to download to your mobile device at a lower cost than your would pay to purchase. Learn more about this option here

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