When I was in college I rarely buy books. The school doesn’t require students to buy brand new books, so students rely on photocopying and buying secondhand textbooks. For the hard to find books, I visit the library to do my research especially if the subjects require a lot of readings. I would photocopy the materials so I can study them at home. For some of my major subjects, I see to it to buy secondhand books if the brand new ones are expensive. Together with my classmates, we would visit some bookstores in Manila to look for used textbooks.
These days, study and reference materials are more accessible online. One can easily check out online resources for used Beck’s Books. By using secondhand textbooks we are reducing our carbon footprints.