CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Students have choices of where to buy their books, so CampusBooks.com broke down the top used, rental and e-book retailers to find who had the lowest prices on the top 1000 textbooks for back-to-school. It found that if students don’t compare prices, they could be missing serious money-saving deals.
CampusBooks.com has been helping students find the best prices on textbooks since 1999, comparing prices at over 40 online textbook vendors. Now, they’re the first to offer that same kind of cost-saving search for digital textbooks, comparing prices from Barnes & Noble, CourseSmart, Textbooks.com, Kno, Cengage Brain, Amazon Kindle, Boundless Learning and eBooks.com in one easy website and free iPhone or Android application.
This new feature enabled CampusBooks to gather data on textbook pricing, and proved that both availability and cheapest price vary from site to site and textbook to textbook. Renting or buying a used textbook was cheapest for 91.6% of the top 1000 textbooks for back-to-school — but stopping there often costs students.
The other 8.4% of the time, e-books were cheapest — and often by a lot. In one case, an e-book version was a whopping $50 cheaper than any other option available, and Amazon, Kno, Barnes & Noble, and CourseSmart all boasted leading low prices between e-book retailers for other examples.
“There are lots of things to consider when buying your books beyond the condition, with e-books which platform has the features you want or the format you like. For example, Kno is more interactive across the iPad, iPhone, web and Facebook, and has a 15-day return policy, while other retailers may not. We have 12 rental merchants, 35 used book retailers, and seven e-book merchants on CampusBooks, and who has the lowest price is always changing,” says CampusBooks CEO Jeff Cohen.
Other factors to consider include coupons, like the current coupon for Kno e-books at CampusBooks.com that is automatically factored into the search feature and can make the option much more price competitive.
“If students just shop one single shop they are limiting their options and potential savings from all the choices the Internet has to offer.” Cohen added, “By comparison shopping you take all the deals into consideration and assure yourself of finding the lowest price.”
CampusBooks was founded in 1999 and has evolved into a leading comparison-shopping website. The CampusBooks.com website is viewed by over 3 million students and their iPhone and Android applications have been downloaded by over 40,000 users. Their price comparison including new, used, rental, e-books, local and libraries is the most comprehensive in the industry. Additional information about CampusBooks can be found at www.campusbooks.com.