― When I was working toward my A.S. degree years ago, buying textbooks came with limited options. You either, (A) bought new books from the school bookstore at a premium price, or (B) bought used books from students at a slightly reduced price. ∙ Today, there are more ways to acquire student textbooks - new or used, but prices haven't changed all that much. It's still horribly expensive. Fall 2008, my DDs and I found out going the cheapest way possible would set them back at least a grand [...].