Textbook prices continue to skyrocket; 14 percent in the past year alone. Today’s average college student is forced to spend more than $1,000 per year on textbooks. Our friends at CampusGrotto used to run a great annual list of the best places to find cheap textbooks. Since they have stopped running this list we figured we would pick up where they left off.

We’ve run extensive tests of five of the biggest textbook price comparison sites, to see which ones provided the cheapest and most straightforward way of purchasing textbooks. We inputted some of the most common (and expensive) college textbooks out there to evaluate these popular comparison engines: Managerial Accounting (0073379611), Prebles’ Artforms (013514132X), Biology with Mastering Biology (0321543254), The Developing Person Through the Life Span (071676072X), and Essentials of Sociology (0205578705).

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