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Textbook Affordability

At the University of Arkansas Bookstore we offer different options and programs to help our customers find the most affordable course materials possible. This is something that we have been doing for years, and we continue to add a variety of lower-priced, modern learning, methods to our selection.

Beat the Crowd - Reserve your textbooks now and pay later - Reserve your textbooks here and pay for your textbooks and course materials when you pick them up before the start of the semester.

Rental Textbooks - You can save up to 90% of the cost of a new textbook. For more information about rental textbooks, visit Textbook Rental FAQ.

Digital Textbooks - Digital textbooks(eBooks) can be less expensive than new textbooks and often times priced similarly to a used book. Pick up an iPad or other web-enabled device from the U of A Computer Store and see how traditional textbooks have transformed. More than just an ebook, this collection inspires innovation and showcases work from the U of A faculty, staff, and students.

Used Textbooks - Our aggresive textbook buyback program allows us to supply the largest selection of used textbooks in the area. Used textbooks are typically priced 25-33% lower than new copies.

New Textbooks - We price new textbooks below the national average and offer many of our new textbooks in various formats that provide lower price options.

Book Buyback on Campus - You could receive up to 50% of the book purchase price. Visit Bookstore for more details and price.

Tax deduct qualified course material purchases - All academic related purchases made in the Bookstore can be tracked and then used for deductions in tax returns. Visit Tax Benefits for Education for more information. All of your purchases can be seen through the customer transactions section of our website. A student ID must be presented and swiped at the register for purchases to be tracked.

Textbook Price Comparison Website - Verba Compare - Load your class schedule on our website, and our site will show you textbook prices from a variety of competing sites including our prices.

The University of Arkansas Bookstore Guarantee - We price our textbooks to be the lowest in town. If you find them for less in our local market, we will give you 110% of the difference. That is the University of Arkansas Bookstore’s 110% price match gUArantee.


  • Are you buying my book(s) back?

    We frequently update our buyback database and you can check on the possibility of the book being bought back by searching that database here. *Buyback Database is currently Out of Service. Please come to check the buyback info and prices at the Bookstore or contact us at 479-575-3010 | textbook@uark.edu.

  • How is the Buyback Price determined?

    here are 2 different categories of textbook buyers, each determines the Buyback price in a different way. This is how it breaks down:

    • If the University of Arkansas Bookstore is buying it (ie. the book will be used in a course at the University of Arkansas, and the Bookstore is not already fully stocked for that book) you will receive 50% of your textbook purchase price.

      If we are buying a particular book, we will have a quota set on the number of copies we need based on our current stock and the number of students who are enrolled in the courses which use the book. Once we have bought back that quantity, the system automatically switches over to wholesale pricing.
    • If we have met our Bookstore quota for a particular book, then we compare against our Wholesaler's database. Unlike the Bookstore, they do not offer a fixed percentage of the purchased price, but set their bids according to the demand they 'guestimate' for each title. Sometimes when a book is not being widely used, that can sometimes result in very low bid prices for a used book.

      For example, rather than controlling the number of copies they buyback of any given title by setting a quota on it (like the Bookstore does), the wholesalers control supply by changing the price they offer for it. So if they don't think that they will need many copies of a particular book, they set a low bid price, if they want a lot of copies, they use a higher bid price.

  • How firm is the price?

    The demand for the book is finite and is maintained in real time. The demand decreases instantly with every sell and can expire quickly as other students sell their textbooks back.

  • When is the best time to sell my used textbooks?

    The best times are near the end of a semester (especially in December, April, and June (Summer Session I) / August (Summer Session II)) just before and during Finals. The rest of the year, wholesale prices tend to dominate in the Buyback database. Also note that textbooks which are used in courses that are offered only in the Fall or only in the Spring, may have a low demand for those textbooks during the current Buyback Season and may pickup the following Buyback Season. If you're not seeing any good prices for your book, check again at the beginning and end of the terms.

  • What happens if demand expires before I sell back my textbook?

    There may be a wholesale price that we can offer, but if not we will be unable to buy back such a book. But don't abandone all hope. Check back near the end of the next semester. If the book gets used again, we will buy them again.

  • What happens if I am notified by email alerts and then try to sell my textbooks when demand has expired?

    Due to the real time nature of the system, we have no control over the demand for a book. You may try selling it to one of our competitors, or hang onto it to try again next Buyback Season.

  • Does the previous edition of my text have resale value?

    Not usually, and the system buys based on ISBN to ensure the correct and most current edition is purchased. Also, when Faculty orders the textbooks for their classes through us, it's all done by ISBN - we don't necessarily know what's different from one edition to the next of a given book, that's why we're sticklers for matching up those ISBN numbers.

  • Can I sell back textbooks in any condition?

    The decision belongs to the buyer working at the Buyback. We want "used books" not "abused books" and reserve the right to refuse to purchase damaged textbooks or textbooks that are unlikely to be repurchased by other students. Examples of "abused books" include textbooks with torn or missing pages, textbooks with staining, textbooks with water damage, or textbooks that are excessively dirty or have excessive marginalia or highlighting.

  • Why are there not more titles on the Buyback list?

    Late adoptions (when an instructor orders a book for their class, they "adopt" it), or a new edition has been released, a different book being used for the same course vs. last term, are some of the reasons. Only those textbooks that are certain to be used on a campus make it to the list. Encourage your instructors to adopt early and to adopt the same book as last term to help increase the numbers and value of used textbooks.

  • Do you buy study guides or CD-ROMS?

    It depends on the individual study guide or CD. The Bookstore does not purchase any materials requiring a password, with perforated pages, workbooks, or unbound pages.

  • What is an ISBN?

    International Standard Book Number. All textbooks have one and each edition of a title has a different ISBN. Even different versions of the same edition (ie. with/without an included CD, or study guide) have different ISBN numbers.

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