An article by the mother of a college freshman in the New York Times provides a very concise list of online sites offering significant reductions in the cost of books. Michelle Slatala says, "There’s no single site where you can always get the best deal."
She offers a number of suggestions and strategies, with specific examples of college texts in a variety of disciplines, including many courses offered at community colleges.
The writer adds:
The good news is that there’s a new tool this year to make it easier to shop online for textbooks..
Bookfinder.com, an umbrella search site that sifts through the inventories of hundreds of thousands booksellers worldwide, started a simple, easy-to-use textbook search tool. The way it works: enter a title, I.S.B.N. or author’s name in Bookfinder’s textbooks search box to navigate a huge database of 125 million new and used books. You can compare prices, shipping costs and the availability of less expensive editions published overseas
Many other sites are listed. The article is in the August 30 issue of the New York Times.