Low Cost Textbook Alternatives

GTCC Campus stores work hard to keep college course materials affordable for our students.  We are owned and operated by GTCC and are not operated by a 2nd party, for-profit company.  Our mission is to support students and faculty on campus and offer low cost options for your course materials. There are many changes in publishing and course materials that are helping to make textbooks more affordable and opening up many new low-cost possibilities as well as catering to different learning styles. The GTCC Campus Stores are always on the lookout for these options and advising our Faculty on how to offer lower price alternatives for our students.  Some recent partner vendors that we and GTCC Faculty are working with are….http://openstaxcollege.org/ ,  http://www.xanedu.com/https://gtcc.redshelf.com/, https://www.vitalsource.com/ and more!

Learn the way YOU want to learn at an affordable price!


  • Publisher Digital Standalone Access Cards: In many cases we offer or can order you the separate digital access code for many courses saving you up to 40% OFF on your course materials.  While not available for all courses, this has been a popular option for MAT, ECON, SPA, and many other courses.  Many include the eBook and it usually denotes this on the access card.
  • Digital eBooks for Download:  Thru a partnership with RedShelf we offer many eBooks at a great savings to the print versions.  For more information just ask a Store Associate or go to https://gtcc.redshelf.com/
  • LOOSE-LEAF BOOKS: In many cases we can offer the same hard back book as a loose leaf version for a 25% to 35% savings off the hard copy version.  We even buy most of these back at the end of the semester, especially if it is not bundled with an access code.
  • Digital Course Content Creation:  Faculty opt to create their own books or course materials through low cost options such as https://get.vitalsource.com/content-creation, LADD Custom Publishing or other content developers.  Most offer copyright clearances and save students 40-60% off of traditional publishing models.   
  • RENTAL: Use it and just return it at the end of the term.  We offer rental in-store and only a credit card is required to secure the rental.  You can even use any financial aid or scholarship award to purchase the rental.  If you decide to keep it, no worries, we just charge the card the difference between the rental and the used or new price(which ever version you originally selected)
  • USED BOOKS: We LOVE used books and sell them with most courses that do not have digital access, MyLabs or are used as lab manuals. Most USED copies are 20-40% off the new version price.  We offer BOOK BUYBACK at Greensboro, High Point and Jamestown stores at the end of Fall and Spring terms.  We also offer ONLINE BUYBACK through a partner, MBS. All shipping is free and you receive a check from MBS within 2 weeks of receipt of your books. 
  • COURSE PACKS: These are packets that Faculty self produce and are actually duplicated here on campus and offer a tremendous savings!  Many include the syllabus and complemental materials that the Faculty have found helpful in there courses.  Be sure to check your Moodle Course site too as they usually list them there, but if you need to print it out, the in-store price is usually very competitive and will save you a ton of ink.
  • DAY-ONE ACCESS: Starting in Fall 2018 for CIS 110 and MAT 152 GTCC will offer Day-One Access in Moodle. Everyone enrolled will receive free access for 10 days to the digital course materials.  During that time, just stop by your campus store to purchase continued access.  The digital materials are provided at the lowest price available nationwide in accordance with the Dept. of Education guidelines. Once purchased, your enrollment continues in Moodle.  You can also purchase a low cost optional paper loose leaf versions at your campus stores.  We will be expanding DAY-One Access to many courses in 2019.   

If you find others that you would like to share please forward their contact information to our staff.  Also, we have a list of current publisher contacts we can forward to any GTCC Faculty.   Thank you for helping us keep text books affordable at GTCC.