Resources for Finding PDFs of Textbooks

By Kailey Walters on December 5, 2019

As a college student on a budget, you definitely know how expensive a college education can get. From tuition to housing to any additional fees that your university might tack on, paying for college can become pricey very quickly.

Textbooks are another expense that might deplete your bank account. Thankfully, however, there are ways around shelling out hundreds of dollars for books every semester. You may be able to find PDF versions of the textbooks you need so that you don’t have to go out of your way to buy them from your university bookstore or through an online site. Beyond the price, you may even prefer online textbooks over physical ones for their convenience and accessibility.

But just how do you go about finding PDFs of textbooks online? After all, it can be difficult to find what you need sometimes. Not to worry; read on for some great resources for locating PDF versions of textbooks.


Founded in 2005, this website is a fantastic resource for PDF versions of textbooks that can teach you “how to become a better leader, manage projects, and think strategically.” Its website has categories including accounting and finance, career management, communication and presentation, IT management, job search and CV, management and strategy, office programs and software, personal development, marketing and sales, engineering, and entrepreneurship. As a result, Bookboon is a great resource for college students in the STEM and business fields. If you happen to be majoring in any of these subjects or something related, or if you’re taking a class in one of these areas, is a great place to start to find your textbooks. The textbooks offered on this site are generally relatively small, about 50 to 100 pages.

And even if you don’t need a textbook in these subjects for any of your classes, you might just find them useful for yourself! After all, they are a free online resource that you can take advantage of for your personal growth and development. To take advantage of this service, all you have to do is fill out a form and you’ll be able to download any textbook.

Open Textbook Library

With an impressive collection of 684 textbooks currently, the Open Textbook Library is another helpful resource for those of you searching for online textbooks. According to its website, open textbooks have been “funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed.” What’s more, you can be sure that all of the textbooks included in this online library have been reviewed by faculty from many different colleges and universities to ensure that they are of high quality. The site offers books in a wide variety of subjects, from Mathematics to Humanities to Computer Science and Information Systems. If you decide to use this site to search for textbooks, you can rest assured that the information you’re getting is top-notch.


Founded by Rice University in 2011, OpenStax offers textbooks in a variety of subjects and in multiple formats, including PDF and EPUB. The textbooks it offers are trustworthy as well, as they are peer-reviewed by educators to ensure high-quality content. Its relationship with a number of philanthropic organizations also helps to support the site and keep it up and running, so that it can achieve its mission “to give every student the tools they need to be successful in the classroom.”


Since 2004, IntechOpen has been providing free online textbooks to college students who really need them. With a library of more than 2,000 published textbooks and a selection of peer-reviewed journals, this site offers textbooks on quite a variety of topics. And just like many of the previously mentioned sites, IntechOpen boasts a reliable reputation, having provided more than 60 million downloads to users across the world.

Textbook Revolution

Textbook Revolution is another great resource for finding PDF textbooks. Users are able to navigate the site easily and can browse for textbooks by subject, topic, or license. The textbooks it offers are primarily aimed at STEM students and perhaps those who study business as well.

Having access to online textbooks is important for the future of higher education. With so many things being posted online every second of every day, online textbooks — such as PDF versions — are becoming more and more common. To keep up with the times and make sure you’re on track with your work, get yourself some PDF textbooks. They’re accessible, they’re convenient, and best of all, they’re free.

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