International edition v.s. U.S. edition? – What to Look For

September 22, 2013

Here is a common question we get at

“I’m looking to sell my textbook.  At the beginning of the semester, I found the international edition was far cheaper than the U.S. edition, but I couldn’t seem to find out what the difference between the two books was.  I ended up buying the international edition. Can I sell my international edition back to you?”

Unfortunately, the answer is no.  We do not buy back international edition textbooks. We buy standard U.S. editions only. View our Used Book Condition Policy for more details and info on what else to look out for. And, if you paid a lot for the international edition, we are sorry to say that you may have been taken advantage of…

Buyer Beware

Many shady online textbook sellers will try to sell off an International Edition and make it look like a standard U.S. edition.  What you want to look for is black tape or large stickers that are covering up important pieces of information on the front or back cover of the textbook:

International edition college textbook example

international editions are textbooks that have been published outside the US. These books are usually significantly cheaper than textbooks published in the US. International edition textbooks are created to be sold in different regions and are often printed on cheaper paper and are usually softcover. The content may be the same as the U.S. version, or may have differences such as the book cover, ISBN, pagination, or region code.

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