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#1 MintyBiscuit

Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:29 PM

I've just enrolled with Open Universities and I'm starting to look at the textbooks I'll need. Just wondering if anyone knows a good place to get textbooks at a decent price? I can get them easily through the Unibooks site but they're obviously quite pricey.

Thanks biggrin.gif

#2 NunSoFeral

Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:43 PM


Exciting times, eh?
Secondhand texts - I've had great experiences using this website. Used it about 10 times and no problems at all. Save usually around 80-100.00

If Ic an't get my text there I go to Book Depository UK

Prices have gone up a bit in the last 18 months, but usually save around 25%.

Also check fleabay and gumtree.

Good luck!

#3 B.feral3

Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:56 PM

For all of DH's degree and the first year of mine I bought them from the Book Depository. All last year however they were cheaper at the uni book shop.  huh.gif They year before they were around $70 each cheaper at The Book Depository.

#4 Froger

Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:02 PM

I get mine through co-op bookshop. Generally speaking I have found them to be a bit cheaper or around the same price as that site that open university recommends - however with the co-op the postage is free.

I mostly get my textbooks delivered to my door two days at most after ordering - even for stuff that is listed as not being in stock. I find the quick delivery and good service is the best thing for me. I often leave ordering my textbooks to a ridculously late time - so I am very grateful for the quick service.

However I know that co-op bookshop is not the cheapest. I have seen textbooks sold quite cheaply through various online sites, including Fishpond, but I am reluctant to order from them when I don't know how long they will take. I have heard bad stories about Fishpond taking forever. So I'm just sticking with the good old co-op bookshop.

Also, most of the texts I need are published in Australia, which does limit choice somewhat (as most aren't available through overseas sites). But I would suspect if you are studying something that isn't so Australia-centric that your texts are most likely published overseas, and thus pretty readily available from many on-line stores.

If you want second hand, check out the university websites for notices. Students are always selling second hand texts.

Edited by SarahM72, 08 January 2013 - 04:32 PM.

#5 Apageintime

Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

student VIP (second hand)
abe books

basically I just google the book and buy whatever is cheapest. I sometime look at the second hand bookshop on campus and try and get one there.

#6 Bluemakede

Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:18 PM

I usually check the isbn for the book on booko.com.au then go from there. I've bought a lot from bookdepository and then some that are Aussie editions that aren't always available overseas I've gotten from the co-op.

You can check the publishers websites, some sell online as well.

#7 mum201

Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

If you can deal with second hand textbookexchange.com.au

#8 katbalou

Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:23 PM

I got an accounting text last semester from Booktopia.  I looked everywhere, and it was the cheapest.

#9 ~Nodnol~

Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:27 PM

I check booko.com.au for where is cheapest. Normally it is book depository. I've only had to buy one through the Uni as it was a Uni publication. Other than that I've been lucky and been able to get them pretty cheaply by checking booko.

Edited by ~Nodnol~, 08 January 2013 - 05:28 PM.

#10 Simply Me

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:42 PM

Check out book world.com and I've used abe books before. Their price was less than half the price quoted by the uni book shops.

#11 RHJ

Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:06 AM

Another who usually checks on booko biggrin.gif They rock!

#12 Lady Lovely Locks

Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:09 AM

Congrats for starting studying!!
I always check out amazon first (there is an option to buy secondhand or new) I have literally purchased textbooks for one cent plus postage (around d 15-20 bucks) woo!

#13 marsy82

Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:23 PM

I use gumtree or textbook exchange, the only time I buy my books new is when it is a new first edition that I cannot find anywhere. Most people on these sites are happy to post interstate! It really doesn't matter if you buy an older edition either, I used old editions last year and it was fine, really depends what the book is though.

#14 MintyBiscuit

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

Thanks everyone original.gif I'd forgotten about booko, that's a great place to start.

#15 ubermum

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

I used booko, and since I was an external student, the facebook page for my course was very active. Always had plenty of books to buy.

#16 mum201

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:42 AM

QUOTE (HollyOllyOxenfree @ 09/01/2013, 09:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks everyone original.gif I'd forgotten about booko, that's a great place to start.

Just looked at booko. I will be getting most of my books second hand, but for one subject bookos recommendation is only a little more $$$ than 2nd hand and I know it will have all the correct multimedia pieces.

#17 newphase

Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:02 PM

I have used all the above mentioned, and i'll ebay can be a good one too at the right time... a week or two start of each semester especially!

#18 SlightlyLeftFeral

Posted 17 January 2013 - 02:59 PM

Thank you for posting this! Picked up one of my texts 1/2 price using Student VIP.

Now to hunt for the others!

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