Maths textbooks

  • From: James
  • Date: 19 August 1999
  • Subject: Buying maths textbooks online

I have heard that you can save money by buying textbooks online. Can you advise me on how to do this?

Maths Help suggests:

Buying books (or anything else) online with a credit card is now a relatively secure process, as long as you stick to reliable websites which offer secure procedures. Most well-known companies do this. Look for the little padlock icon at the bottom of the screen when you are on a secure web page.

If you know exactly what you want, buying online can often save you time and money. School and college textbooks are a good example of items which you know all the details of. Just type in the details, and away you go! (HINT: Make sure you choose the correct edition of the book, because some well-known textbooks are regularly reprinted and updated.)

Most online bookstores offer discounts, which look attractive at first sight. But do watch out for the postage costs. Normally, if you just order one book, the postage costs work out to be roughly the same as the discount, meaning you don't actually save much. However, if you order several books at once, the combined discount soon outweighs the postage, meaning you can save money. Why not get together with classmates and order together?

The first time you order online, you have to spend a bit of time filling in a form with your name, address, credit card details etc. But once you have done this, you normally get a password which you can use to order more quickly next time.

Most online stores allow you to browse their catalogues free. You only have to enter your personal details if you want to actually place an order. So if you are new to online shopping, why not get a feel for it by just browsing?

One of the most respected High Street bookshops to have an online store is WHSmith. Click on the image alongside and follow the link to SHOPPING.
Maths Help has an arrangement with WHSmith which gives us a small percentage of any online sales made by people who "click through" to WHSmith from the Maths Help site. So if you want to support the work of Maths Help, visit us first and click the direct link to WHSmith from here (there is also a link on our Homepage). Thanks!

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