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Shopping for Books Online vs. Bookstores



On the 4th of January 2018, I experienced for the first time the magical land that is Barnes & Noble. Shopping for books on campus can be pricey. While it can be quite easy, that convenience comes at quite a cost. If you’re a student like me, you are always looking to save that extra few dollars. After all, eating Ramen noodles every night isn’t always something we are happy about. If you find yourself asking, “where can I save some money on books?” Well, read this to find the answer.

Barnes & Noble I have found is an innovator in publishing, retail, and digital media, including their award-winning NOOK® products. While I have always been an avid Kindle reader. I have found the expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content on the NOOK to be substantially cheaper than Kindle’s eBooks. Whatever  you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.

Barnes and Noble operates very similar to Amazon. Also, there are three great ways that you can get books. You can either buy new, used or even rent. Each choice has its advantages. New books will most likely be in stock while you can get discounts for used books. Also, you can rent a book for the semester using their great deals. I prefer to rent my books since I never abuse them. I have found out that by renting them, I can get them cheaper than I would have buying and trying to sell them at an extreme discount the next semester.

Let me tell you the pros of buying books in an online bookstore such as Barnes & Noble vs. Traditional Campus book shops.


There is no question that buying or renting your books online gives you a considerably cheaper price than the local campus bookstore. If you can plan just a couple of days in advance, you will save a considerable amount of money. I have also compared Barnes & Noble to Amazon. While their prices are very similar like apples to apples, Barnes & Noble always offers coupons.

More access to reviews

When purchasing a book online, it’s extremely easy to scroll the sales pages and read reviews. These reviews can help you decide whether to purchase the book or not. Yes, people can pull up reviews on their phone or other device while they are in a store, but it’s less convenient. At the same token, many times the reviews point you in the direction of your next great read!

Magical Land

You might wonder why I called Barnes & Noble a magical land. One day, I was searching for my Math 301 textbook since my local shop had it priced $140. Upon looking for deals I came across the textbook on Barnes and Noble website with a cheaper price. Doing what I do best, I decided to explore around a bit. Then I had seen this banner:

Not long after that, I found myself on twitter and low and behold someone had also stumbled upon my great idea of shopping online.

I am sold on shopping Barnes & Noble’s website anytime I need textbooks or eBooks. How about you? Which do you prefer when it comes to your book shopping?  Online, visiting a store, or a combination of both? Feel free to pitch in with any good books I should be using to help me on my journey of understanding linear abstract algebra. I could sure use all the help I can get. 🙂