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HOW MUCH WILL MY TEXTBOOKS COST?

Expenses vary depending upon individual course choices and requirements, but expect to spend between $400 and $900 a semester for books and supplies. The College Store accepts cash, checks, financial aid (Student ID card), Visa, MC, Discover or College Store gift cards to pay for textbooks and supplies.


 

I WANT TO ORDER MY BOOKS ONLINE. WHAT DO I DO ?

Textbook reservation is the easiest and best way to reserve the books you want to purchase or rent from the College Store. Using your schedule as a guide, you can purchase or rent your books through our website at etowncollegestore.com. Then pick up your reserved books during move-in week in August. (We can also ship to your home -shipping charges apply). Using our textbook reservation option  you get first pick of used books, when available. And it eliminates the worries of not having the textbooks you need when you come to campus. NOTE: If you order your books through the College Store, fulfillment of your online order will begin in late July. Your credit card will not be charged until your order is fulfilled.  If you want us to hold your books until you come to campus, indicate CAMPUS MAILBOX as the shipping option. Student ID is required when you pick up your order.


 

WHAT IS THE EARLIEST I CAN COME IN TO THE COLLEGE STORE TO PURCHASE OR RENT MY BOOKS ?

Our goal is to have our textbook room fully stocked and all textbooks ready to purchase or rent by the first week in August. Since our inventory of books will be arriving daily throughout the summer, we can't guarantee that all books will be in stock when you come in.  But you are welcome to come in the Store anytime during the summer, Monday thru Thursday 10 am-4:30 pm and Friday 10 am-2 pm.


 

ARE ALL TEXTBOOKS AVAILABLE USED?

No. Please note that new editions, custom books, lab books, access codes and bundled materials are seldom available used. On other titles, used book quantities might be limited. We strive to find as many used books as possible, and we will make every effort to honor your new or used request, but cannot guarantee that your preference will be available for every book.


 

WHY CAN I FIND SOME OF MY BOOKS CHEAPER ONLINE?

There are several reasons. Many books listed on Amazon.com and other sites can alternate editions of the book you need for class. These books might not have the same content or page numbers as the book you need. Secondly, books might be for sale from students at other schools who no longer need the book.The College Store lists the ISBN and complete information online as a service to our students and we now offer a price comparison tool right on our online ordering site. Even if you shop and buy your books elsewhere, please remember the College Store is the only one who guarantees to have the exact textbook you need for your class.  We search for used books and buy used copies from students whenever we can.The College Store buys books year round at wholesale prices.The best time to sell your books is during finals week at the end of each semester

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