Free College Textbooks

How Do I Get Free Textbooks Online?

Getting free college textbooks could be a real possibility - if you are willing to put in a little more effort and are open to different book formats. For example, you may need to sell some old books first and you may be downloading a free textbook PDF, rather than getting a new copy.

Nevertheless, for the thrifty and determined college student, here’s our guide to getting free (or nearly free) textbooks! eWards Logo

Create an Account & Sign Up for eWards

It all starts with creating an account on and joining our eWards program. This will allow you to earn your first 250 eWards points, which can immediately be redeemed for a $10 Gift Card code. Creating an account will also allow access to our best coupon codes and you'll also be eligible to start selling old books to us. Everything starts here.

After signing up for our eWards program, you'll also earn more points (and gift cards) for book sales, purchases, and social media efforts. Start racking up points and use the free money you've earned on your college textbooks!

Sell Books for In-Store Credit

Not only will you earn real money for selling your old books, you will also earn 1 reward point for every dollar sold (after you’ve signed up for eWards). These don’t need to be textbooks - any book with an ISBN can be searched on our ‘Sell’ page to see if we’re offering to purchase a particular item.

Once you have entered all of the books/ISBNs that you wish to sell, make sure to select “In-Store Credit” as the payment method. Doing this will earn you the most money for your textbook purchase and is also the fastest way to get paid for your books. Be sure to use the shipping label provided and ship your books in a timely manner for free.

Earn eWards

eWards are earned for completing these actions on-site and off-site:

If you complete all of the above actions, you can earn up to $20 off an order of $120 or more. This will come in handy later!

Save with Rentals, e-Textbooks, and Renting e-Textbooks

Review all the purchase options for your textbooks and choose the version that is right for you. You can save with eTextbooks and Rentals, and you can even rent eTextbooks! Some textbooks also come with free 7-day eTextbook access. However, you’ll want to consider whether or not you will need supplemental materials (such as access codes, CDs, or Loose-Leafs). If you don't need supplemental materials, then consider purchasing one of these more cost-effective options.

Other Ways to Earn Money for Textbooks

eWards are earned for completing these actions on-site and off-site:

By following the steps above, it is definitely possible to get your textbooks for free (or nearly free). We hope this gives you a path forward to getting the best possible deal on your textbooks.

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Final Tips:

DO: Search for Free eBooks on Project Gutenberg

While you may not be able to find college textbooks for free here, Project Gutenberg does offer a wide selection of 60,000 eBooks (mostly novels). If you're taking a literature course or another related class, you may be able to find what you're looking for on Project Gutenberg for free.

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