I became aware of the website Fetchbook.info about mid-2000s. It went down over a year ago, possibly longer. I had not visited it in a while the first time I noticed it was down. Basically, the site wouldn’t load – white screen of death so to speak. I learned about it in college when a classmate suggest I check textbook prices on the site. A few days ago when I typed in the URL, I received a Down for Maintenance notice. Hopefully, it means it is coming back online. It used over 145 sites, and plenty of links to various sellers and resellers in its searches. It would show searches from the major and not so major players in the book world – Amazon, EBay’s Buy It Now (but not their auction site), Half.com, Abebooks, Alibris, among others It’s not only a textbook site. If you typed in https://www.fetchbook.com/, it redirected you to the .info URL. Now, if you use .com, it times out.
You could search by Author, Title, ISBN, and while it was for books, it allowed searches using Amazon’s ASIN which meant you could look for non-books too. The cool thing was you could look for textbooks in other countries. In the U. S., most new textbooks can run $100 – $200+. Yet, I could find an international copy of the textbook, usually in Asia for $40, including 3-day shipping as part of the price. Renting textbooks or e-textbooks was often a lot more than $40 and often as much as buying or renting a print copy of the textbook. Word of caution: some instructors would not allow international textbooks in their classes. I always asked. The major differences were the arrangement of the chapters weren’t in the same order and the examples were often non-U. S. companies.
For e-textbooks, you couldn’t buy them from the companies that supposedly sold them to you. Instead, you got a limited license to access the book – semester long or maybe 6 months. After that time, the license expired even though they were supposedly “selling” you the e-textbook.
A blogger mentioned another option Online Money-Saving Tips (4/30/19) — Battle Kim of the Republic; original article – https://battlekimoftherepublic.com/2019/04/30/online-money-saving-tips-4-30-19/ – Slug Books.
Thank you for the tip about Slugbooks.com – https://www.slugbooks.com/. In the past, I used Fetchbook.info, but sadly it stopped working a while back. It was good for non-textbooks. When I did a random check on Slugbooks, it will accept non-textbook ISBN’s ( What is an ISBN?) under the Buy/Rent section. It wouldn’t accept the handful I entered under the Sell section, but I didn’t expect it would.
I never tried an e-book or e-textbook ISBN when I was using the site. Maybe once it’s back up and functional, I will see if those work.