Textbook Cost Info
Why are textbooks so expensive?
There’s no question about it, textbooks are expensive. Depending on your major, some students can spend
The National Association of College Stores has a chart on the most current textbook dollar figures.
New Editions vs. Used Books
The University Bookstore works hard to stock our shelves with the most used books possible.
Used books are always priced up to 35% less than the cost of a new book. 25% is the standard in pricing for bookstores nationwide.
The average profit margin for college bookstores nationwide is 26%. The University Bookstore
How you can save money on your books
Buy used books. They are always up to 35% less than new books.
Go to class first and find out what books you really need and what books you can borrow from the library or your classmates.
Ask your professor to put textbooks on reserve in the library. That way you won’t have to buy the book
Once the bookstore has reached its quota of books for next semester's courses, you won’t get as much money back.