The Davidson College Store offers several options for students who need to acquire their course materials. The textbook department is located on the second floor of the College Store on Main Street. Textbooks typically are available one month prior to the beginning of each semester, and are kept in the store until mid-terms.
To ensure that all students have access to course materials, we offer the following options:
Textbooks can be a significant expense for students and their families. There are many options for students to get what they need, as the Davidson College Store tries to meet students' needs in different, effective ways in one convenient location. Making sense of it all can be confusing, so here is a breakdown of what all these options mean:
Purchasing a new book from the store may seem like the most expensive option, though sometimes it is the only option if the book contains an access code or is a custom-produced item. If the book is adopted at Davidson again for the next semester, you can sell the book back to the store for up to 50 percent of the new book price.
Buying a used book is possible for most titles and this typically saves 25 percent off the new price. Moreover, if the book is adopted at Davidson for the next semester you can also sell the book to the store at 50 percent of the new book price. This can provide the best value.
New and used books do not have to have been purchased from the Davidson College Store in order to sell back during the book buyback.
Renting a book is generally less expensive than buying, as long as the book is returned on time. In-store rentals of new books provide about a 25 percent discount over new (Remember though, you can't sell it back!). In-store rentals of used books provide about a 50 to 55 percent savings over new prices. A benefit of in-store rental is that you can reserve your rentals online or take them directly off the shelf to rent-no waiting! (Please note that not all titles are eligible for in-store rental.)
Renting from our online Skyo affiliate generally provides an even deeper discount (60 to 70 percent), as they are competitive with marketplace prices and because they work with hundreds of other colleges, are able to rent more titles. You can even choose to rent a book through Skyo for only a portion of the semester and enjoy discounts up to 80 percent off the new purchase price. You just need to be prepared to wait three to 10 days for the Skyo rental to be shipped to you. Unlike the open marketplace, you can simply return the Skyo rental to the store at the end of the semester and we'll take care of the shipping for you.
In short, through the Davidson College Store, where you are guaranteed that you will get the proper edition and where you can return rental titles for shipping, you can find a range of purchase and rental options that can save you up to as much as 80 percent off the new book price.
Can you find better deals on your own in the marketplace? Possibly. But understand that there are trade-offs. You will invest your own time searching for the deal. If you buy from a disreputable dealer or individual you may not get what you need and it may not arrive in time for class. You will be saddled with the expense and annoyance of shipping rentals back, possibly to multiple dealers, at the end of exams when you really just want to get in your car and get home. But if the risks outweigh the savings you may be able to obtain online, we encourage you to hunt for your best deal. The Davidson College Store will still be here to help you in whatever way we can.