Where Can I Find Free PDF or Cheap Textbooks for Uni?

Hi uni’s bout to start just wondering if there are any cheap textbooks online

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    the best place I have found after ten years at uni for txt books is booktopia for online purchases ,. but the cream of specials and great deals I found where at the Co=Op
    You should really consider joining the Co-Op where you can purchase 2nd books from other students in the co-op, and relist yours when your done :-).once you join your a member for life :-) I love the o-op!! https://www.coop.com.au/

    Also over the last 4-5 years the university lectuers have started to upload the weekly readings as PDF's to the student portal system(depending on what uni your at) so you can download all your readings to a usb or an e-reader,.much better than printing off shit loads of articles that you only need for a month or two,..have a look at your subject handbook and it should tell you how the readings are delivered

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    Don't buy text books for now. Join your cohort Facebook page and they sell books there cheap cheap.

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      Yeah i did, got a textbook for $40 rrp $135 and the bad thing is that the textbook i esnyrf is uni specific to my uni

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    I used to use abebooks and get the international editions that were a third of the price.

    If the text books have an ISBN then search with that

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    Good suggestions have been already given for 2nd hand options.

    I’m not going to post about how to acquire something without paying because that is against the spirit of this site. Besides you can google that.

    Depending on your course you might not actually need the text book just wait for uni to actually start and you’ll be told. It’s not Highschool. I only bought a couple of textbooks for uni and that was because one I figured would be for PD later in my career.

    Join stalker space /buy/sell groups and put a post up asking if anyone has done xyz course and wants to sell the text book.

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    Check the ISBN on booko.com.au I saved like thousands by importing cheaper versions from Malaysia etc thru abebooks or whatever they have on there.

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    Taobao for pdfs.

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    Check your university library website. Quite often they have the electronic copy available as a Adobe Digital Edition for free, and this can be readily converted to a standard PDF.

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    Google libgen or library genesis. Thank me later.

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    If you google hard enough you can find nearly anything. It is easier to find 1st and 2nd year textbooks because more people do those subjects.

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    I used to get mine from Clementi in Singapore for a lot cheaper.
    Otherwise, use the library.

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      Otherwise, use the library.

      This isn't very useful, as there will be a big demand and you're only allowed to have it for 3 weeks or so. If you ask for it before term starts (trying to get it before anyone else) then you'll have to give it back before it is actually useful (doing assignments etc) and if you try to time your request so you get it in the space of time it is most useful you could miss.

      It is handy if the library only lets you use it in the library and not take it home, you can go into the library each day you want to study for this subject and not worry about paying for the book (if someone else has it they'd have to give it back in 2 hours). But not super convenient, especially if you don't live on campus.

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    Don't buy textbooks until your lecturer tells you "you need this book".

    Most books will be in your library in the High Use section, available to borrow for 2-3 hours, so if you are happy to do your readings in the library, or take a photo if it's a couple of pages.

    As far as free textbooks go, there's definitely an argument to be made that education should be free, and people have put that into practice by creating repositories of textbooks for download.

    If you google your textbook name it will probably be in the results somewhere, but be aware that you will be breaking copyright law if you go ahead with this "free" option.

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      ^ this.

      Thanks to guidance from my lecturers, I only needed 6 books for my whole degree.

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      Thanks for this, i got 2 PDFs from people in previous years and only bought 1 book yesterday, however uni hasn’t started yet but is for a statistics course.

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    Sometimes you can get them by searching the book name then put filetype:PDF on the end of your google search

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