Buying

Can I order over the phone?

Even more so, some people don't like putting their credit card information online. We understand, but we promise it's secure!! But, if this applies to you, feel free to call us at (605) 697-5763 during regular business hours to place your order over the phone. We'll be more than happy to take your order.

Can you ship me my textbooks?

Textbooks 4 Less has an entire team of shippers dedicated to making sure your books are carefully packaged and sent to you. Plus, if your order is over $100, we'll take care of the shipping costs. That's right, they are FREE! On average, you can expect your books a week after they are ordered. For in-store pickup, they're ready immediately!

What if I have more questions?

If your concerns weren't addressed in this section, feel free to call us at (605) 697-5763 or email us at less4textbooks@gmail.com.

Is there a way to find out the pricing options online?

Absolutely! It's always important to price shop especially when it comes to textbooks. We offer an on-line pricing lookup tool where you can see the prices for new, used, new rentals, and used rentals. Find the option that works best for your budget!

Do you offer online ordering?

We understand going to an actual bookstore isn't for everyone. Avoid the crowds: order online! You can simply place your order online and we will ship it to you. Or, if you want to save money on shipping, place your order and let us know that you will do an in-store pickup -- with no extra charge!

To order online, simply click here and fill out the form then upload your class schedule.  If you only want to order books for certain classes, no problem!  Click the link above and enter the department, course number and section in the "Message" box.

Why should I buy my books at Textbooks 4 Less?

Convenience. We carry all books for SDSU. You can use your financial aid to pay for your books. There's never any waiting in line for hours! AND you can choose the format that works best for you and your budget: used, new or rental! Plus, we guarentee our prices are the lowest in town! Check out our Pricing Lookup page to see exactly how much your textbooks will cost. 

Can I use financial aid to pay for my books?

Yes! Even if you're still waiting on financial aid, you can buy now and pay later. We know you have to get down to studying and don't have time to wait around for that check. Withour deferred payment methoid, you can order your books and pick them up immediately. Then, pay for them when your money comes in.

Renting

How does book rental work?

Simple! Whether ordering your books online or buying them in store, we will notify you if the option to “Rent” is available as opposed to purchasing them “new” or “used.” If you are picking up your books in the store or having them shipped to you, your books will be marked as rentals and set aside for you!

How do I return my book?

When the time comes to return your book, just bring it into the store and we’ll return the book for you. You’ll get a receipt for confirmation that your book was returned.

Keep in mind the following:

  • Anyone can return your rented textbooks for you
  • Receipts are not needed
  • If rented books are damaged or missing, please contact us anyways. We are easier to work with than the textbook rental company
Can I write/highlight in it?

You can, but please do so as little as possible. Rentals are intended for multiple users, so please return the book in good condition for the next renter!

The rental book was damaged… what can I do?

Hey, it happens! Light damage on books is acceptable (highlighting, bent corners, etc). If the book is too damaged (stained, torn, water-damaged, pages ripped out, etc) we will charge your account for the price of a new book minus what you’ve already paid for the rental, so you’re just paying the difference. The book is then yours to keep!

My book was stolen/lost… what can I do?

If your book is stolen, you can replace it with an identical book. If you are unable to find a replacement, it’s okay, we will charge your account for the price of a new book minus what you’ve already paid for the rental, so you’re just paying the difference.

What if I need to extend my rental?

You found out you might use your book next semester? No problem, just call us and we’ll charge you for the next rental period and you can keep it even longer!

What if I want to keep my book?

Just call us and let us know that you would prefer to keep the book. We will charge your account for the price of a new book minus what you’ve already paid for the rental, so you’re just paying the difference.

When do I have to return my rented books?

We know you got your books to study for your tests, so we make sure you get to keep them as long as they’re needed. The book is yours to study with until the last day of finals week.

Selling

Does the condition of my books matter?

Yes. Your books must be in "good" condition or better. This means all pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include some notes and highlighting. If your book originally came with a CD, study guide, or other supplement, it must be included. CDs must be in working condition. A book is not considered to be in good condition if any of the following apply:

  • Water damage
  • Missing or torn pages/cover
  • Stains or mildew
  • Damaged spine/binding
  • Excessive writing/highlighting

If your book is not in good condition the quoted price may be reduced. Decisions regarding the condition of a book will be determined by our staff at the time they are received. Once you send your books, they cannot be returned for any reason.

Do you buy Instructor's Editions?

Yes. We pay the equivalent of the quoted price for the student edition ISBN. Instructor's editions typically contain the same content as the student edition. The only difference will be markings displayed on the cover, such as "Instructor's Edition", "Complimentary Copy", "Free Copy", or "Not for Sale". Please note: The book will be considered "Annotated" if it contains answers and/or instructor's notes, even if "Instructor's Edition" is printed on the cover.

Does the condition of my books matter?

Yes. Your books must be in "good" condition or better. This means all pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include some notes and highlighting. If your book originally came with a CD, study guide, or other supplement, it must be included. CDs must be in working condition. A book is not considered to be in good condition if any of the following apply:

  • Water damage
  • Missing or torn pages/cover
  • Stains or mildew
  • Damaged spine/binding
  • Excessive writing/highlighting

If your book is not in good condition the quoted price may be reduced. Decisions regarding the condition of a book will be determined by our staff at the time they are received. Once you send your books, they cannot be returned for any reason.

What is an ISBN?

The ISBN is the 10 or 13 digit number located on the back cover of any book near the bar code. It is also listed inside the book on the copyright page. The ISBN is unique to every book, so it is the best way to identify the exact edition of a book.

Do you buy custom editions?

Yes. We will purcahse any current SDSU custom edition.

Do you buy instructor's editions?

Yes. We pay the equivalent of the quoted price for the student edition ISBN. Instructor's editions typically contain the same content as the student edition. The only difference will be markings displayed on the cover, such as "Instructor's Edition", "Complimentary Copy", "Free Copy", or "Not for Sale". Please note: The book will be considered "annotated" if it contains answers and/or instructor's notes, even if "Instructor's Edition" is printed on the cover.

Do you buy annotated instructor's editions?

Yes. However, we only pay 20% of the quoted price for the student edition ISBN. Annotated Instructor's Editions are similar to the student edition except they contain answers and/or instructor's notes. They usually have "Annotated Instructor's Edition" printed on the cover.

Do you buy international editions?

Yes. However, we only pay 20% of the quoted price for the U.S. edition ISBN. International editions usually have the same content as the U.S. edition. These books are often bound with a soft cover. They usually have "International Edition" printed on the cover or "IE" printed on the spine. This information will also appear on the title page of the book.

Do you buy loose-leaf textbooks?

Yes. However, we only pay 20% of the quoted price for the hardcover or paperback ISBN. Loose-leaf textbooks are not bound. The pages are usually meant for a three ring binder. Loose-leaf textbooks are sometimes referred to as "a la carte" editions.