How much should you plan to spend on textbooks each term? Our RCAs say they spend between $100-$600. It all depends on what you major is, what classes you are taking, and what the required reading is.
So where do students get their books?
Amazon does free "Prime" membership for college students. Prime membership gets you, among other things, free 2-day shipping and $3.99 overnight shipping.
You should also check out the used books at the Princeton Textbook Exchange, you can buy and sell your textbooks on this site, http://ptx.tigerapps.org.
Labyrinth Books on Nassau Street- professors register with the store so they'll have all your books. (note: the graphics on the Labyrinth page will not work with the link. To view the graphics you should copy the url into a browser and go to the site that way).
Purchasing textbooks to be streamlined, more economical for Princeton students -Labyrinth & Princeton University launch pilot program: enrolled PU students receive 30% off coursebooks this fall and can order online through Blackboard starting 9/1.
Professors also often collect smaller readings in photocopied packets, available for sale at Pequod Printing at the U-Store. You can’t sell them off after the class is done, so see if you can split the cost and share with another person.
When all else fails, most professors keep a copy of the reading in the Firestone Reserve Room. Some faculty post readings for their courses on Blackboard. Undoubtedly, you can also find a copy of the book in the library itself, or through one of the many interlibrary networks Princeton has joined (Borrow Direct is particularly popular).