Cheap College Textbooks, Rental Deals & Coupon Codes 2016

We are just barely starting up Fall semester but here are some great coupon codes, sale and tips to help you cut college textbook fees! Rent or buy cheap textbooks and save up to 90% on new & used textbook purchases and rentals online. Save with today's best coupon codes and discounts for extra savings.

SEE ALSO: 10 Ways to Save Money on Textbooks

5 Important Tips When Purchasing Cheap Textbooks:
  1. Purchase an international edition of your textbook. They typically have the same content as the US editions with a different book cover and the chapters may be in a different order. More often than not, you will pay only a few cents on the dollar for one of these books.

  2. Get the digital version of your textbook. Digital textbooks are cheaper than printed versions, they can be accessed anywhere (including offline versions), and are easier to carry with you (tablet or laptop) than several heavy textbooks.

  3. Take pictures of your textbook when you rent it. This way you don't take the heat for any markings or damage to the book. This tip may only apply when renting from a store because it's difficult to prove the condition your book was in when you received an online book.

  4. Sell your books in the classroom next semester. Show up to the same class on the first day next semester and announce that you have a book for sale. You'll definitely earn more than the bookstore will give you.

  5. Take advantage of price comparison sites. Popular textbook price comparison sites like bigwords.com will save you time and money once the college textbook hunt begins!

Abe Books (more coupons):

Alibris (more coupons):
  • $6 Off $70 with Code 6OFF through 9/1
  • Free shipping on 49+

Amazon (more coupons):

Barnes and Noble (more coupons):
  • Save up to 90% off on new & used textbooks, textbook rentals, and digital books
  • Free 2-month Barnes & Noble membership - Get free express shipping on every order, in-store discounts & more
  • $10 Off $100+ Coupon Code: BNAUG23 (valid through 8/30)
  • Free eBooks for Nook
  • Spend $25, Get Free Shipping

Book Renter (more coupons):
  • Save up to 90% + free shipping & returns

Campus Book Rentals (more coupons):
  • Save up to 80% on textbook rentals
  • 10% off your order w/ code: THANKS10
  • 7% off sitewide w/ code: Happy2016
  • Invite friends & get $5 for every friend you refer, plus they get 10% off their next purchase
  • Free shipping both ways

Cengage Brain (more coupons):
  • Free $6 off $60 coupon with email sign-up
  • Free shipping on orders over $25 + free ebook while your text ships
  • Enjoy free 14 day eBook acess while your book ships
  • Save up to 65% off textbooks

Chegg (more coupons):
  • Up to 90% off cheap textbooks & textbook rentals
  • Free shipping on textbooks orders w/ code: WOWCHEGGTHX (vaild through 9/30)
  • 25% Off Chegg Study with Code CSAF25OFF15 through 8/31
  • Read books online free for 7 days while your book ships

eCampus (more coupons):
  • $5 off $70 with code: HAPPY5 through 8/25

Half.com (more coupons):
  • $10 Off $50+ textbook rental or purchase with code SCHOOLSIN10 through 9/12/2016
  • Buy & sell new and used textbooks at Half.com (an eBay.com site)
  • Up to 80% off texbook discounts (buy or rent)

Staples (more coupons):

Textbooks.com (more coupons):
  • Up to 90% off textbook rentals
  • Free shipping on your order of $25 or more
  • 50% cash back on all buyback books
  • No-hassle 30-day returns

Valore Books (more coupons):
  • Save up to 90% textbooks (buy or rent)
  • $10 voucher when you join ValoreVIP
  • Free shipping and returns
  • Low price guarantee

Vitalsource (more coupons):
  • Up to 60% off eTextbooks and digital course materials
  • Save more with digital discounted textbooks over cheap textbooks

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flyarsociety Jul 26, 2016
Thank you! and Fyi, I use a site called "Booksprice.com" since 2009. You can enter a book title or ISBN and hit "compare price" and it list the price of all of these books site, all in one place and orders them from cheapest to most expensive. Thanks for providing all of these coupon codes in one place! That's even more savings on top of that!
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tr1plication Jul 26, 2016
New codes and deals for Back to School 2016!
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tr1plication Jan 02, 2016
New deals for January, 2016!
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urbanaflora Aug 12, 2015
Great offer! Saved $10 on textbooks for my business management class! Way better than buying it at the campus bookstore.
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ignacio_s_c Apr 10, 2015
Dammm son
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ignacio_s_c Apr 10, 2015
whenn can i reacieve the COUPONS!! i need to start wokring
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nikcc20 Jan 26, 2015
updated for the new semester!
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ZekSister2 Jan 08, 2015
Thanks for sharing this comprehensive list of the best textbook deals for my college kids. Save $, research time, and $ back in my pocket when I sell them back.
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tr1plication Jan 06, 2015
Back again
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SmartMommy Aug 20, 2014
Great deals to be had. I will never buy textbooks new again!
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dealparadise Aug 19, 2014
Shopping for textbooks this semester is going to be soo easy. Great way to save money!
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tr1plication Aug 19, 2014
New offers added 8/19/2014
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dealercalls21 Jan 13, 2014
I think Cengage Brain gives you a digital version of the texbook while you're waiting for the physical copy to arrive
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undealievable Jan 13, 2014
That Amazon student offer goes a long way!
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MrBklynW Aug 31, 2012
hope these deals are still around when my semester starts. thanks!
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aznballa161 Aug 31, 2012
Ebooks are the way to go! hate carrying heavy books
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deal Aug 30, 2012
Awesome roundup. Thank you for putting this all together.
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zoneric Aug 30, 2012
books...I hated books while I was in school. but this is a nice sale.
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Christine Aug 29, 2012
ooooh spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on textbooks a semester...how i do NOT miss that =p
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ancagavs Aug 30, 2012
true. I'm glad I'm past that stage of my life :)
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shimisi Aug 29, 2012
Textbooks cost way more than they really should. Great roundup here!
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klinmaximus Aug 29, 2012
Cool deal 4 school !
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erick99 Aug 27, 2012
Used books are a great way to go but I have been encouraging my students to rent books that they don't want to add to their collection. A typical Gen Psych book is about $170 new, around $80 to $100 used, and about $30 to rent. I am currently in a doctoral program and for my current course I needed two family therapy books that would have totaled nearly $400. I was able to rent both for a total of $79.
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tpark6283 Aug 27, 2012
Thank Goodness I don't need this anymore, but passing it on to those that will!
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arsiel Aug 27, 2012
Okay... I guess it's time to pull out the credit card and buy books now ._. I've been putting it off until the last minute.
I hope people see this. FYI, use bigwords.com to find the best prices on the list of textbooks you need for the upcoming semester. Just search for your books and it puts them into your "backpack" and it'll search a lot of sites for the best prices you can get. I've used it for a couple of years now and it's my best friend when it comes to buying textbooks :)
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Dexterous Aug 27, 2012
This site has real cheap price for books, thanks
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shopange08 Aug 22, 2012
I have a friend going to college in Hawaii in the fall (punk!).. Gonna pass this deal on to her.. Thanks!
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drewskidooo Aug 22, 2012
This is a really good round up! Just in time for going back to school. Thanks!
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Dexterous Aug 22, 2012
This is nice updated roundups, nice find here
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dvinegrace83 Aug 21, 2012
Easier and oftentimes cheaper to use deals like this than to be stuck hunting around the bookstore.
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boricua1 Aug 21, 2012
this is a great find..gonna pass this on to my daughter..thanx
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psplove Aug 21, 2012
Great round up. I will passing to my friends! Thank You!
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bestlink Aug 21, 2012
great deal
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MrBklynW Aug 20, 2012
Thank you for the amazing round up! Plus!
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blackfoot Aug 20, 2012
Great round-up, passing this on to my son who just started school again today.
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poe601 Aug 20, 2012
Nice roundup and passing this post along!
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kumslee Aug 20, 2012
Good Work. Really helpful!
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krmills1 Aug 20, 2012
WoW!! A lot of nice useful information here! Thanks for the post!
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Dexterous Aug 20, 2012
Back to school and look at these books OMG........i want my summer back...:(
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nthsll Aug 20, 2012
Nice roundup!
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