Best Online Locations
Sources through eBay’s half.com and Amazon are great as well, since there are a variety of options for resellers and buyers alike. On both of these sites, you can put books on a wish list and get notifications for when new sellers post books you are looking for. This is especially helpful and can cut down on search time when you are seeking something in particular. You can often find great deals through these sources as people post their own prices.
In addition, with the resale features of major book sites, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Borders, you can often find used texts through these resources. Barnes and Noble provides a feature where you can rent texts, which is becoming a trend for teachers as well as college students.
Here are some more options for obtaining used teacher textbooks online:
Abebooks is one of my favorite resources to search for textbooks since they have had reliable service and have the largest variety of texts that I have seen. You can search through texts based on subject, ISBN, date, and author’s name. This site sells a wide-range of books, from fiction to new and used textbooks. There is rarely a time when I can't find a book being sold through the site, and it is generally due to the publication date of the book, being either too new for resale, or just an older out of date publication. They have fast shipping services and through subscription with their site, you will often get additional discounts.
The Back Pack is a smaller site, but often has unique texts as well as complete teacher sets, which can come in handy, especially if you’re looking for something that you could possibly utilize in your own classroom. The Back Pack has newer selections than other textbook sites. Many sets include additional resources that can help to aid in classroom instruction on a variety of subjects or topics such as art, language arts, and vocabulary.
Direct Textbooks is another site that offers a wide variety of textbooks. I enjoy their search options, since you can search for subject-specific texts (science texts for example) and limit your search for specific grade levels. This is helpful if you do not have an ISBN number for books, but are searching for specific subjects. This is a great site when searching for newer texts as well.
EcoEncore is a newer site that is promoting the reuse of books and other educational material, versus throwing texts away. They sell through Amazon stores, which you can access through the EcoEncore website. Their selection varies depending on what texts have been recycled, but this is a great place to search for specific needs. When searching the site myself , I have found on occasion, specific texts that are out of publication.
Nationwide text is a great site to search for specific texts that you may want to implement in your classroom. The search options on their site ask what you’re looking for with specific search options, as well as how many books you need, and when it is needed by. They accept school purchase orders as well as credit cards for payment and they assist you in finding deals up to 75% off the publisher’s price. This company helps take the search out of your hands and is a great resource when you need classroom sets and new textbook editions.
Valore Books provides student and teacher edition texts. This site has numerous texts that you can purchase or rent. The site has a variety of sellers that post their books, which allows for competitive pricing since you can likely find several book copies for what you are looking for. The search options for textbooks on this site are the most comprehensive and broken down. You can locate books within a specific subject, including art, photography, and even religious studies. This allows for a more comprehensive search and provides you with a variety of choices.
Another great source for seeking used teacher textbooks is through Open Source Texts. Information can be found through the various open source texts' features. This option isn’t meant to replace existing textbooks, but is helpful when researching and looking up specific content.