SOURCE: Direct Textbook


December 29, 2009 18:55 ET

Textbooks E-Tailer, Direct Textbook, Provides Six Tips for Getting the Most Bang for Book Bucks Is Offering Key Tips and Guidelines to Help Consumers Save on College Textbooks Just in Time for the Spring Semester

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - December 29, 2009) - For college students and parents trying to make the most of their textbook budgets, it's important to know that online bookstores aren't all created equal. This month, the team at Direct Textbook is issuing six tips to help college students and parents make smart choices when purchasing textbooks online.

"According to a Student Watch report released last year, 24 percent of college students purchase their textbooks online, but many students and parents don't understand the textbook publishing industry and how to use online textbook buying to stretch their budget," said Chris Lindgren, President of Direct Textbook. "This month, we've put together a few tips and guidelines to make the process easier for families who have purchased textbooks online in the past, and those who are new to the process."

According to Direct Textbook, college students and parents should know the following before committing to online textbook purchases:

-- Free shipping isn't always free. Many textbook vendors offer free shipping then inflate the price to offset the cost of shipping.

-- eBook purchases may come with restrictions. Consumers might only be purchasing the right to use the book for a limited amount of time.

-- Consider renting textbooks rather than purchasing. Rental companies can save consumers 30 to 70 percent.

-- Many textbook vendors offer online coupons. Direct Textbook publishes a list of coupon codes from leading textbook vendors.

-- Not all editions have identical content. Students and parents should read the online bookstore's description of the book in its entirety.

-- Credit cards protect purchases in the event of disputes. Purchases made by credit card are protected by the Fair Credit Billing Act, while debit purchases are not.

For more tips on purchasing or selling textbooks, visit the 'Textbook Help' section at

About Direct Textbook:

First launched in 2002, Direct Textbook helps parents and students search more than 30 online bookstores for bargain textbooks, saving money and time. The company has helped more than one million parents and students get more for their used books with its college textbook buyback price search, and save up to 90 percent on textbook purchases.

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