24 Places to Buy Law Books

Looking to save money on law school books? Start with these sites.

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Law books are without a doubt one of the biggest expenses for students, and it doesn't help that textbook prices increased nearly threefold between 1986 and 2004 according to the Government Accounting Office (PDF). Sadly, selling them back for pennies is perhaps even more depressing than buying them in the first place.

But gone are the days when students could only go to the school bookstore and perhaps one or two used bookstores off campus to collect all of their necessary supplies.

The Internet has created a virtual playground for shoppers, and here are 28 places you can save money on law books -- and note that many buy back books as well (so perhaps you can get money back in the future!):

  1. AbeBooks.com: A subsidiary of Amazon.com with books discounted up to 90% off list price.
  2. AddALL: Popular textbook search and comparison engine. You can also try their ebook comparison engine at ebooks.adall.com.
  3. Alibris.com: Textbooks from 10,000 independent bookstores.
  4. Amazon.com: Surely you know of Amazon's excellent book selection, but don't miss their Marketplace, which has some of the best prices anywhere on used books and ebooks
  5. Barnes & Noble: Save up to 30% on new textbooks and 90% on used textbooks with free shipping on textbook orders of $25 or more.
  6. BnCTextbookRental.com: Shop by your course schedule and save 25% on used books through Barnes & Noble College book rentals.
  7. Better World Books: Free shipping in the United States; sales help fund literacy projects in America and around the world.
  1. Biblio.com: Brings together over 5,500 independent booksellers for a selection of over 100 million books.
  2. BigWords.com: Probably the most popular textbook price comparison engine.
  3. Books-A-Million: Free shipping on orders over $25 and "Millionaire's Club" for 10% discount on purchases.
  4. BookByte: Buy, sell, or rent law books and also get great deals on study guides and other materials.
  1. BookFBookFinder.com: "150 million books. 1 search engine."
  2. CampusBooks.com: Compare prices on law books and save up to 95% on textbooks and ebooks too
  3. CampusBooks4Less.com: Search engine that price compares for you.
  4. CollegeBooksDirect.com: Promises same day shipping.
  5. CollegeSwapShop.com: Price comparison search engine.
  6. eBay.com: Lots of former students sell their law books directly on eBay and their companion site, Half.com.
  7. eCampus.com: Award winning site where you can buy new and used books for up to 95% off with a "bill me later" option for no payments for 90 days.
  8. eTextShop.com: Buy and sell textbooks; guarantees the highest price when selling your books.
  9. MBS Direct: Partners with some schools to provide what it says is the largest inventory of new and used textbooks in America.
  10. Powell's Books: Started on a "derelict corner" of Portland, Oregon in the early 1970s, Powell's has withstood the test of time and now serves customers worldwide.
  11. Textbooks.com: Buy textbooks to 90% off with free shipping. Also, buys your textbooks for great prices.
  12. TextbookX.com: Nearly a million titles in stock and its own Facebook application to facilitate sales. Also, sells school supplies at low prices.
  13. ValoreBooks.com: Buy and sell used law books; offers great buy back prices.

    And here are two last bits of advice before you go online shopping for law books: Be sure you have the correct ISBN numbers for the editions of the books you need; and shop early for the best prices and books in the best condition.

    Happy shopping!