Allen wrote:Libraries are the college student's (and especially the grad student's) best friend. Get the books from course reserves, photocopy it, and return it. That $30 book just cost $6.
or just use the department's photocopier because you have access to it at night when no one's looking.
also check out torrents for hundreds of textbooks in the same field packaged together. there are some very nice digital copies of textbooks that were not photocopied, but rather typed in beautiful typesetting (latex). all you need to do is print out the book on your school's laser printers (a chapter or two at a time to avoid nasty looks) and then have the book bound at staples. $5 or less for a bound printed copy of that out of print $300 textbook!