The cost of new course texts and other supplies is one factor in the unaffordability of higher education. Our college maintains a list of library systems and independent book stores that students can make use of to manage book costs better. The internet is, of course, also a source of more affordable copies, but is less desirable because buying books online fails the test of localism.
These days, e-books are available for most titles. Two sites making them available are http://gigapedia.com and http://avaxhome.ws — gigapedia is the most complete repository of ebooks online, but requires that you make a (free) account and sign in. Or use my account: the name / password combination is utIYuvy / 9n5f99. (Also, make sure you select "gigapedia" in the drop-down box at the top right.) Downloading through these sites is much easier using the Firefox web browser ( http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/firefox.html ) with the SkipScreen add-on ( http://www.skipscreen.com/ or https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/11243/ ).
Two more e-book sites (for philosophy books):
- Fark Yaalari: http://farkyaralari.blogspot.com . Turkish site that gathers e-books from all over the web.
- Audio Books: http://audiofreemp3books.com/authors/w-0.html