College Textbooks, To Keep or Not to Keep
Should students and alumni hold on to their college textbooks?
With colleges and universities finished for their semesters, students and alumni are selling back their college textbooks. Students can all use some extra cash for any time of year and anything else they may need, so selling back their books is a practical idea and seems to be the most logical choice. They don’t believe that there is a reason to hold on to these books anymore and nowadays there are so many places on and off line that make it easy to sell back college textbooks.
But is selling back your textbooks really the best thing to do? Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of keeping textbooks. You may think that they are only textbooks, there is really no value or reason to keep them, but holding on to your textbooks or even just certain textbooks could be beneficial to you. Benefits not just for your career but for personal use as well.
I am one of those people that has kept 99.9 percent of her textbooks from college years and just recently, I used one of my textbooks for information that I had remembered was in one of those books. I also use the Internet, of course, but textbooks are another quick way of finding accurate information or an answer to your question.
I found that some of these books could be everyday reference material with information you may need right at your fingertips. A history or writers reference would be useful textbooks for quick answers to questions that are factual and remain accurate, as well as that language textbook you can revisit before traveling to your favorite island or country. So possibly keeping all or even some of your textbooks can be an asset to your home library. Nowadays you can even purchase e-textbooks and updates are available for these books to keep them revised.
On the other hand textbooks become outdated and pose some inaccuracy. Information changes so quickly and revisions are necessary, so a textbook can lose its place for knowledge. Technology textbooks change so quickly that the information becomes as obsolete as the equipment we use. The Internet is a more convenient choice most of the time and with all the mobile devices, it is a faster way to find the information that is needed.
So is it a matter of choice? Is there value in keeping your college textbooks? If you love paper books like I do, textbooks may be a must in your library, but if not, and they are just taking up space, cash back for textbooks would be the way to go. Well, possibly, it really is a personal choice whether to keep or sell your textbooks.
So, what do you think about encyclopedias? To keep or not to keep.
Should you keep your college textbooks or sell them back?
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