tnAchieves Tips: Tricks of the Textbook Trade

Have you started singing “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” yet? Don’t be embarrassed if you’ve caught yourself humming along to this holiday tune, because we sure have! Everyone at tnAchieves is so proud of our 2015 TN Promise scholars for getting another semester closer to graduation, as well as our 2016 TN Promise scholars for successfully completing their first semester at a higher education institution! Your success is our success, which is one of our favorite reasons for this time of year.

But before we celebrate with more caroling favorites, there’s one end-of-the-semester chore we have to talk about: textbooks. Hopefully, you haven’t forgotten where you’ve put them and they’re still in one piece (mostly). Not only is now the perfect time to sell your old textbooks, but you can get textbooks at great prices for next semester, too! Read our tnAchieves tips on trading new and old textbooks below!

Out with the old…

Whether you bought new or used textbooks this semester, you can earn at least some of your money back by selling them. You might want to consider keeping textbooks that are directly related to your future profession, but there’s probably already a line of students waiting to get your History I and Pre-Algebra books for a cheaper price than the bookstore offers. Here’s how to get the word out that you’re selling your textbooksImage result for textbooks:

  1. Social Media

Share a photo of your textbook with its title, author, ISBN number and the course it’s required for on your social media profiles and on your school’s social media profiles. Most higher education institutions have buying and selling textbook pages on Facebook for students to chat and network on.

  1.  Flyers

Believe it or not, posting flyers with the books you’re selling and which courses they’re needed for can actually create a lot of interest, especially if the price is right. You might have already begun seeing flyers with books listed on them at school. When you have time, check them out. You might even spot something you need for next semester.

  1. Word of Mouth

When you and your friends are all starting out at a higher education institution, chances are you’re going to end up taking courses that require the same textbooks. In the game of buying and selling textbooks, it never hurts to ask people from school what they need for next semester. You might even end up with a fair trade!

And if you rented your textbooks this semester, don’t forget to return them!

…in with the new

You might be wondering, “so is buying or renting textbooks better?” We can’t offer you a straightforward answer to that question, but we can tell you what some of the pros and cons are to buying textbooks and renting textbooks.


Pros Cons
  • You can decide whether or not you want to keep it once the class is over.
  • You can write on, highlight and fold as many pages as you want.
  • You can sell it and get some of your money back.
  • You have to put some effort into selling the textbook.
  • There is no guarantee that you will be able to sell your textbooks.
  • It can be more expensive to buy than rent.


Pros Cons
  • You do not have to worry about keeping your textbooks or trying to sell them at the end of the semester.
  • Renting can be cheaper than buying.
  • If you ruin it, you buy it.
  • If you love the textbook or found it helpful, you’ll still have to return it or pay extra to keep it.
  • You won’t get any of your money back.

While buying or renting is all up to personal preference, here are some places you can rent or buy books in addition to your school’s bookstore.Image result for amazon textbooks

As the semester comes to a close, remember to tie up (or tape up) loose ends with your textbooks, and keep these tnAchieves tips in mind leading up to next semester. Here’s the ultimate secret to the textbook trade: you rent some, you buy some, just in the end make sure you have them!

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