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Going to college is a major milestone, regardless of age or prior experience. It can also be a big transition compared to previous educational pursuits. One clear and significant change is college books; you will probably find yourself purchasing a whole different type and number of textbooks than ever before.

ThriftBooks is here to help you navigate the complex world of college and university books. After all, having the right textbooks will put you on the path to success in college. We work hard to ensure you have access to all types of books you might need, including college prep books, study guides, and subject-specific books. We can even help you find the right SAT prep books as you work to get into the school of your dreams.

Choose The Right Textbooks for College Success

The cost of college textbooks can cause serious sticker shock, especially if you are at your campus bookstore. Luckily, ThriftBooks offers an affordable solution for college books.

Our books are more than affordable; they are also high quality. ThriftBooks staff personally assess each used book in our inventory to determine its condition and value. We use a standard condition rating system, so you will always know a book's condition before ordering it.

Do you prefer brand new books? We can help there, too, with our stock of new college and university books. Filter your search by book condition to narrow the selection displayed.

Tips To Help You Be Successful in College

Success in college takes a lot of work — and even more studying. That's right. You'll spend hours engrossed in those college books no matter what major you choose. So, wherever you need to focus your academic efforts, ThriftBooks' selection of cheap new and used textbooks will be there to support them.

Learn How To Study Efficiently

It may come as a surprise that many students get to college without ever learning how to study. However, professors will expect you to have this critical skill. The key to successful studying at the university level is to study smarter, not harder or longer.

What does smart studying look like?

  • Don't cram: Avoid last-minute cram sessions. Cramming is not an effective study method for long-term learning.
  • Don't over-study: Know when you've had enough, and it's time to take a break.
  • Take good notes: Learn how to take notes of the essential points in lectures and readings.
  • Stay organized: Keep your study materials neat and organized, so you know exactly what to focus on.
  • Unplug: Take at least some of your studying offline. College study guides can help in this area.

Perfect Your Writing Skills

You'll also want to hone your writing skills. These will play a significant role in everything from note-taking to composing final papers. Our great selection of college writing books is an excellent resource as you develop college-level writing skills.

Save on College and University Books With ThriftBooks

ThriftBooks buys used books at a tremendous volume that our competitors simply can't match. That buying power means we are able to offer a selection of books with greater depth and breadth than other booksellers.

Our ReadingRewards Program is another excellent way for ThriftBooks members to save even more. Members score free books, discounts, and special offers throughout the year. You'll earn points with each purchase and bonus points for things like using our mobile app and participating in incentives.

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