Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

International editions are a godsend for people who prefer low prices over textbook frills like color pictures and glossy, heavy pages. International editions of textbooks often seem shrouded in mystery. Who prints them? Why are they so cheap? Will they really be sufficient to replace the required textbook? All these questions can prevent students from taking advantage of an often highly-economical alternative to their conventional textbook.

Because international editions are printed by publishers for a student population whose standard of living may be lower than that of the United States, the textbooks are priced accordingly, and can oftentimes be half the price that an American student would pay. The cheaper cost of textbook printing overseas, printing in black and white instead of color, and printing on lower-quality, thinner paper are all additional reasons for the lower price of international textbooks.

Here are five tips to keep in mind if you want to buy an international edition:

1) The content of an international edition and its American counterpart are often almost the same, if not completely identical. The only differences students say they have noticed is that the pictures are sometimes in black and white instead of color and the cover may be different (i.e. soft cover instead of hardcover, or different cover art altogether). This can make it somewhat hard to figure out if the international edition is indeed the same book that you are looking for.

2) To leave the least room for error, always make sure that the TITLE, AUTHOR, and EDITION NUMBER of the international edition and your required text match before you purchase the international edition. Those three components are the only surefire way to know that you are ordering the correct book.

3) Make sure to read seller comments carefully when considering international editions. Sellers will often tell customers beforehand the differences between the international edition they are looking at and the regular edition.

4) Some students have reported that the page numbering in the two editions may be different, even though the content and order of the pages and chapters are the same. This should not be a big deal since most readers don't pay attention to page numbers anyway.

5) Lastly, when calculating the price of the international edition, make sure to also look at the shipping price. Sometimes the cost of shipping can make an otherwise cheaper book turn out to be more expensive than its American-published counterpart. Luckily, if you use CampusBooks.com to compare prices, we already include the cost of shipping in our calculation of overall prices, which means easier buying and less hassle for you! Happy saving!

Remember, if you have any additional questions about international editions or textbooks in general, please do not hesitate to email us at help@campusbooks.com!

Leave a Reply

  • (will not be published)