By Paula Brown
As the fall semester winds down, Humber students are gearing up for final exams, and will start to return and sell their textbooks.
“During the midterm exam period we find students are rushing in to buy books,” Humber Lakeshore bookstore manager Sharon Mundle says via email. “However, during the final exam period, it is more students selling or checking in books they have finished.”
College bookstores are where students are able to buy new or used textbooks as well as rent them for their classes. Students are also able to buy school supplies and college apparel. Students can sell their used books to the store where they will check the conditions of the book and pay the student the price for that day. Prices change almost daily and the most students will receive is half price. Humberbooks.ca a store on Lakeshore Blvd. that sells new and used textbooks offers 75 percent back for textbooks.
Bookstores that sell textbooks find themselves typically busiest at the beginning of each semester.
“September and October we are going to be busy and then in January and February we are going to be busy and again in May and June,” say Ali Peyalti, 49 ,the manager at humberbooks.ca.
Humberbooks.ca located on Lakeshore Blvd.
For the campus bookstore, Mundle says the peak times for textbook purchases and rentals are at the start of the semester and again around exam periods. In between these peaks, the bookstore sells more merchandise than textbooks.
Although some students choose to buy physical copies of textbooks, others have taken to using digital copies.
Ross Minichiello, 21, a third year digital communications student at Humber, says that he hasn’t bought a textbook since first-year and that he generally prefers online options.
Bookstores are already stocking up on textbook orders for the winter 2019 semester.
“Some have been ordered and others have even arrived, but we are still sitting at about 50 per cent of textbook adoptions received,” says Mundle. “Faculty (or administrative staff) inform the bookstore as to which titles are being used each semester, and roughly what the enrollment is, once we have received that info we place orders.”