Michael Cusanelli, Stony Brook Senior
As a senior at Stony Brook, there are so many different ways to buy textbooks. I've tried almost all the buying options, and I've decided that I would rather buy my books new. I like to know there's no writing or highlighting in my books, and new books are an investment that I can save for the rest of my college career. Best of all, I can always sell my books back to the bookstore in case I decide I don't need them anymore.
Roneil Miller, Stony Brook Grad Student
I just got a new e-reader for my birthday last year. I can't remember what I did without it! It's so much easier to buy e-books and store them on my e-reader. I save money on my school supplies and as a bonus, I never have to carry around piles of textbooks. With my e-reader, I always have my textbooks right in front of me, and I can make notes and highlight them digitally whenever I want. Plus, I never have to deal with waiting in line to return books during buyback, and I save paper by going digital.
Abhi Bikkani, Stony Brook Grad Student
Renting is the best form of getting textbooks each semester. Since the SBU Bookstore introduced a textbook rental program, I think this is best way to save money during college. You end up paying less upfront (as I am always low on cash) and I love the fact that I don't have to worry about not being able to sell it back to the school because the edition has changed or the professor is using a different book. I have used every possible way to buy or sell textbooks, and this is the best I have found. It's less of a hassle and you pay less upfront.