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The College Store is working to lower textbook prices to make them more affordable.  We have  partnered with VERBA for sourcing of our books and later this summer, you should see a substantial drop in prices for a number of our titles. 

We have created a totally transparent shopping environment with the Verba “Price Comparison Shopping” tool on our website. This tool will help you find the best textbook options available on the market. When you go to our website, you will be able to see our price right alongside our competitors such as Amazon, Chegg, Half.com, Skyo and Abe’s, to name a few. Prices of new and used textbooks, rentals and e-book options – all listed in one place. So if we don't offer the best price for your book, you will have the ability to order that book from the vendor of your choice, making us your one-stop, online shopping destination for all your textbook needs.  You can choose which textbook option works best for you, add it to your cart and check out from one or multiple vendors right from our site.

We feel transparency is the best policy and we will do our best to offer you the best value for your money. We know we won't always be the least expensive option, but there are many other benefits when you choose the College Store for your books. At the College Store, we offer convenience - everything you need is in one place and we will always guarantee the books we sell. Plus, we have other great E-Town stuff nobody else can offer!

So go ahead, check it out at etowncollegestore.com. If shopping online isn’t your forte, stop in to the store and we will be happy to help you find all your books, a new hoodie and a few E-Town goodies to help decorate your dorm room.


Textbook Pricing & Payments

Although book expenses, obviously, vary depending upon your major, individual course choices and the requirements for those courses, you should expect to spend between $400 and $900 a semester for your books and supplies. Each dollar you spend on a new textbook is distributed in many ways, with most of your money going to the publisher. The College Store uses a portion to pay for the freight of the book, the salaries and benefits of its employees, and the expenses of operating the store. Another portion goes to the College to support the campus community in a variety of areas. The College Store actively seeks to obtain as many used books as possible, as they offer substantial savings to students by dealing with national used book wholesalers and now, sourcing from online sellers. However, a good source of used books is still our own students. If you choose not to keep a textbook as part of your permanent library, please consider selling it to the College Store during buyback at the end of each semester, so it can be "recycled" to another student looking for textbook savings. We accept cash, check, student I.D., Visa, MC, Discover or gift card for payment of any textbook purchase.

Textbook Availability

We strive to have enough books for each student who wants to purchase their books from the College Store. To achieve this, we carefully review all the historic sales information available to us. This includes the enrollment number and, the sales history of both the book and the course. Our thorough examination process is used to determine the number of books that will fulfill the needs of every student who wishes to buy them from the College Store. At the same time, we strive to reduce the number of books sent back to the publishers at the end of the semester. Publishers assert that there is a direct relationship between the high costs of handling excess books (returns) and high priced textbooks. Therefore, by trying to have at least enough books for everyone who wants to purchase one, without tremendous excess, we hope to help publishers curb the steep rise in textbook prices. If we do run short of a title, we will special order the textbook for you and we will pay shipping costs to get the book in your hands ASAP with no extra cost to you!

 

 Click HERE* to  reserve  your textbooks for Fall 2014 semester.

    • Order and reserve your textbooks for the Fall 2014 semester. Pick up your order in August, when you return to campus.
    • In-store purchase of books is available in the College Store starting in June.
    • In-store rental of books will be available in the College Store starting in mid-August.
    • Every attempt will be made to notify you, as soon as possible, if a book you ordered is not available; ordering a used book is not a guarantee.
    • Your credit card will not be charged until your online order is filled.

Questions?  Contact Debbie at petersond@etown.edu

*The textbook list is current at the time of posting, but is subject to change without notice. Prices of textbooks may fluctuate, based on availability and sourcing.  If your course requirements are not listed, the professor has not yet adopted and/or determined the textbooks required for that course.


 

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