Over the years, I have been able to save a ton of money by finding and downloading electronic versions (PDF) versions of my text books online. I figure if it works for me, it has to work for you. Be advised that I am not condoning illegal practices, but if you would like to have a digital version of your textbooks, this is the way to go. Just be aware of the copyright issues involved with downloading free books.
Keep the following in mind when searching for textbooks:
1) You most likely will not find it on first try..keep searching..
2) Pay attention to the Edition of the book you are required to use in your class, not just the title.
3) Don't be click happy... only click the proper links for download. If you click the wrong button or image you might infect your computer with malware. There are a lot of sites which have images all over the page with "DOWNLOAD" written on them. Never click those..they are there to trick you.
4) Some of the sites will send you to other file hosting services like Rapidgator, UploadingIT,Filestube etc. When on these sites, click only the SLOW DOWNLOAD option for downloading the files, unless you plan to buy a premium account with that service...which I have never done.
A helpful video for finding digital versions of your text books
Here is a list of websites and directories online which I have found useful for finding downloadable copies of my textbooks over the years. Remember that this is a process and you will most likely not find your textbook on the first site you try. Just go through the list one at a time until you find the exact book you need.
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Some more websites to try for finding free textbooks online: