Generally, wait until you go to class before you purchase your books.
Unless you’re explicitly told to get the book and do readings before class starts (yuck), I recommend waiting until you go to the first class and receive the syllabus before buying all required readings.
That’s what I do.
Should you buy college textbooks before class?
No need to buy a textbook when you know someone already has it. You should not buy your textbooks prior to having class; the thing is that you may drop the class, the book may not be required by the professor, you can always rent them, and sharing is an option.
How do you know what textbooks you need for college?
First, check your online schedule and write down the course numbers and sections you are enrolled in. Then, use the APU Bookstore website to find the booklists for each of your courses: Click “Buy Textbooks,” and agree to the terms of service.
Do you need a textbook for online classes?
Course Material Options
Many courses will require you to purchase physical textbooks just as you would have to do for a traditional on-campus class. You will also need access to the actual textbook to complete in-book assignments, such as discussion questions at the end of chapters or math or science problems.
Where can I buy books for college?
Here are several top textbook sites for buying or renting cheap college books online.
- Chegg. Chegg is a wonderful site for finding affordable college books online.