Alkek Library News

Friday, October 13, 2006

Looking for FREE Textbooks?

Did you make the decision not to buy your textbook this semester due to the high costs of them? Then you might be interested to know that there are a growing number of Websites that provide free online e-books. This article posted on the U.S. News and World Report Website discusses the rising costs of textbooks and how more and more students are looking for alternative ways to get their books for class. You might check out these two Websites: Textbook Revolution and Textbook Media (Freeload Press) to see if any of your textbooks are available online for free. You can also view the E-book Collection Webpage to look for more free e-books.

At Alkek, we do not as a general rule have the textbooks used for classes at Texas State. Sometimes we may have the current editions, but often it is older editions of the book. If the book fits the needs of the collection, then it is probably on the shelf. All you need to do is check the Library Catalog to see if the book is here.

You can also request the book using the Interlibrary Loan Service if we do not have a copy available for checkout. Often the checkout period is longer and sometimes you can renew it.

If you have other Websites with free e-books that may not be mentioned here, post a comment!

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