Everyone thinks the school bookshops will definitely have the book that you need for class.
Well, in my experience, this is totally not true. In fact, I can’t begin to tell you how untrue this untrue assumption is (in one of the most shameful episode in out department’s history coughs). Sometimes, the bookshop won’t have your book, them pirates won’t either, all copies in libraries everywhere is borrowed– and you’re left trying to figure out what happened in a text you never read.
Seems like an exaggeration, but that might actually happen if you’re not careful. As such, I kinda compiled a list of common websites I (and my yearmates used) for you to get your books for the semester.
[Note: all websites listed are legal. Memoirs of a Literature Student does not condone illegal downloading of books and to that end, will not list websites where downloads are illegal]
Books in the Public Domain/that can be borrowed
1. Project Gutenberg
Where do I start with this? Project Gutenberg has been amazing to me, really. Especially on those days where I forget to bring a book to class, and I can just google to find it. Love. Love. Love.
2. Open Library
I’ve only used the Open Library a couple of times, but they have a pretty good collection! And even though you don’t get to keep the e-books, I think that it is better than nothing.
3. Poetry Foundation
And you know, if you’re into the poetry side of things, you definitely have to know the Poetry Foundation. I am always shocked at the sheer amount of poems that can be found on this site.
4. National Library
You may be excused for forgetting about the public libraries. That said, the public libraries are useful resources for those seeking difficult-to-find books or books which have already been borrowed from the school libraries *coughs*
Books that have to be Purchased
1. The Book Depository
Every English major should know The Book Depository. And if you don’t, well, now you do. They offer free shipping on all their books, and their texts can be significantly cheaper. The downside? It takes a month to ship– so this site is when you do order early.
I must say, I love Amazon. ‘Nough said. With immediate delivery for ebooks (thanks Amazon for Feminism!) and reasonable prices for said Ebooks, I think Amazon is a good resource when you want something in a hurry.
If you don’t need your books to be first-hand, there’s (most likely) someone selling it on Carousell, and you might even save a little money buying books second-hand as opposed to first-hand.
4. Your Seniors/The English Literature Book Garage Sale/Facebook
Seriously, just ask a senior who has taken the course if they’re willing to sell you the books.They might even cut the prices if they know you well or lend you books for the semester. And yes, we do have a Facebook group to sell on used books.