Each course has its own set of material and typically requires some sort of textbook for reference, some of which are only available at the Mānoa Bookstore, while others may often be found elsewhere for less if you know the right place to look. Here are a few options to peruse through when shopping for textbooks.
The Mānoa Bookstore
At the Mānoa Bookstore, you can find all the textbooks for your courses. You can view what texts are required for each class online at hawaii-manoa.verbacompare.com. A helpful feature that it includes is showing online prices for the text as well, so you can decide whether you want to get it immediately, in person, or wait a while for a better value. Bear in mind, however, that shipping times vary and that you should plan on scheduling its arrival sooner rather than later. The bookstore also has friendly student staff to assist you in finding the books you need without any hassle.
Barnes and Noble
Barnes and Noble is another retailer, located in the Ala Moana Shopping Center, which may carry some books you are looking for. If you need assistance, there is an information booth at the center of the store where they can direct you to where you need to go. Barnes and Noble also purchase textbooks that you may no longer need.
Purchasing your books online is most useful if you have time to spare before the text is needed or until classes begin. This means that if you receive your syllabus or retrieve information for required texts early, you can easily get the text at a lower price than if you were to purchase at the retail price. Otherwise, if you want to wait to see if the text is necessary (as at times it might not be), then this will work for that.
A reliable seller is Amazon. It typically has most of the textbooks you might need, which can be bought new, used or even rented at a reduced price. If you have a Prime Student membership, you will receive free two-day shipping on eligible items and other benefits such as access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library where you can borrow books for free with no due dates.
Other places to purchase your books are vendors such as Chegg and Abebooks. Chegg offers around the same price markups for textbooks as Amazon and you can rent and sell books, too.
Websites such as BookScouter and ValoreBooks are also useful if you would like to know if you’re getting the best deal around.
Renting and borrowing
Let’s not forget the pleasure in renting and borrowing books. If you know that you won’t want to keep a book in particular, renting is a good option and comes at a fraction of the price. The bookstore, as well as the aforementioned sellers, provide renting services to students. Sinclair Library and Hamilton Library usually carry books for courses at a limited quantity, so be sure to request it as soon as possible. Some books do not leave the library, so come prepared.