Website finds college students & parents huge savings on textbooks

College students spend hundreds of dollars a year on textbooks.
College students spend hundreds of dollars a year on textbooks.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - With about a month to go before many universities and colleges in the Tri-State start classes, parents and students are already doing the math. How can they afford it? Textbooks themselves often add-up to hundreds of dollars a year.

In fact, according to Huffington Post, the College Board says many students are out nearly $1200 annually for books and materials.

However, there are websites out there that can save you a lot of money by finding places where you can rent textbooks or buy them used (Just make sure you're buying or renting the same edition your professor calls for). is a great one for comparing many websites at once. FOX19 searched for a textbook a journalism major might need, Writing Creative Nonfiction: The Literature of Reality by famed journalist Gay Talese. According to multiple websites, including one run by the Library of Congress, the book dates back to the mid-1990s and hasn't been updated. Yet a newly printed version of the textbook will cost you as much as $186.36.

However, the search results using reveal you can buy Writing Creative Nonfiction used for $5.85 from And that includes shipping.

You can even find sites, like, that allow you to rent your textbook. Before you purchase, be sure to check a site's buyback policy, too. You may be able to recoup some of those hard-earned dollars.

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