Textbook Information

The College Store is always working to lower textbook prices to make them more affordable.  We have  partnered with VERBA for sourcing of some of our books in an effort to offer substantial savings on a number of our titles. 

We have also created a transparent shopping environment with the “Price Comparison Shopping” tool on our website. This tool will help you find the best textbook options available In the market. When you go to our website, you will see our price right alongside our competitors such as Amazon, Half.com and Abe’s, to name a few. Prices of new and used textbooks, rentals and e-book options – all listed in one place. So, if we don't offer the best price for your book, you will have the ability to order that book from the vendor of your choice, making us your one-stop, online shopping destination for all your textbook needs.  You can choose which textbook option works best for you, add it to your cart and check out from one or multiple vendors right from our site.

We feel transparency is the best policy and we will do our best to offer you the best value for your money. We know we won't always be the least expensive option, but there are many other benefits when you choose to purchase your books from the College Store. At the College Store, we offer convenience - everything you need is in one place, friendly, knowledgeable staff, and we always guarantee the books we sell. Plus, we have other great E-Town stuff no one else can offer!

Before buying your books from a competitor, please read the textbook disclaimer.


Fall 2017 Textbook list is available for viewing and reservation 

 Student ID is always required for identification purposes. 


Textbook Pricing & Payments

Although book expenses, obviously, vary depending upon your major, individual course choices and the requirements for those courses, you should expect to spend between $400 and $900 a semester for your books and supplies. Each dollar you spend on a new textbook is distributed in many ways, with most of your money going to the publisher. The College Store uses a portion to pay for the freight of the book, the salaries and benefits of its employees, and the expenses of operating the store. Another portion goes to the College to support the campus community in a variety of areas. The College Store actively seeks to obtain as many used books as possible, as they offer substantial savings to students by dealing with national used book wholesalers and now, sourcing from online sellers. However, a good source of used books is still our own students. If you choose not to keep a textbook as part of your permanent library, please consider selling it to the College Store during buyback at the end of each semester, so it can be "recycled" to another student looking for textbook savings. We accept cash, check, student I.D., Visa, MC, Discover, AMEX or gift card for payment of any textbook purchase.

Textbook Availability

We strive to have enough books for each student who wants to purchase their books from the College Store. To achieve this, we carefully review all the historic sales information available to us. This includes the enrollment number and, the sales history of both the book and the course. Our thorough examination process is used to determine the number of books that will fulfill the needs of every student who wishes to buy from the College Store. At the same time, we strive to reduce the number of books sent back to the publishers at the end of the semester. Publishers assert that there is a direct relationship between the high costs of handling excess books (returns) and high priced textbooks. Therefore, by trying to have at least enough books for everyone who wants to purchase one, without tremendous excess, we hope to help publishers curb the steep rise in textbook prices. If we do run short of a title, we will special order the textbook for you and we will pay shipping costs to get the book in your hands ASAP with no extra cost to you!



  • Fall textbook list is available for reservation and viewing. (Please be aware prices may fluctuate up or down until late July.)
  • Rental prices will be available by June 27th.
  • Please remember: ordering a used book is not a guarantee. We endeavor to keep the textbook inventory list updated, however, there might be a delay in posting what is available.
  • Your credit card or campus card is not charged immediately after you place your online order. Credit card charges happen only after your online order is filled by college personnel.
  • Shipping is available to your home address. If we have the book in stock, we will ship immediately.
  • You can choose PICK UP AT STORE and we will hold your book order until you return to campus in August.
  • Bring your Student ID for identification when picking up a prepaid order.

*Textbook information is correct as of this date. Changes, modifications and additions to course number, section, ISBN or price may be made at any time up to and including the first few weeks of the semester. The information (ISBN numbers and required status) we provide is not meant as a guarantee for purchases made other than at the Elizabethtown College Store. For this reason, the College Store will not make exchanges, refunds, or any compensation for books mistakenly purchased from any other source utilizing the information provided.  If your course requirements are not listed, the professor has not yet adopted and/or determined the textbooks required for the course.

Questions?  Contact Debbie at petersond@etown.edu

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