Textbooks.com, an online textbooks retailer, has recently performed a customer survey in order to understand college students’ textbook buying habits. The results showed that the majority of students found new textbooks to be too expensive and 91% claimed to have saved money when purchasing used textbooks. Out of the survey responses, 60% of students preferred to buy used textbooks, followed by rental (24%), new (9%), and digital textbooks (7%).

In addition, the survey asked students about their upcoming fall semester purchasing habits and they almost completely ruled out new textbooks:

  • 39% plan to purchase used textbooks
  • 30% plan to rent textbooks
  • 28% plan to purchase digital eTextbooks
  • 3% plan to purchase new textbooks

If you would like to read the full press release for the survey, you can visit:

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