Are you interested in Anthropology, but you can’t afford to buy textbooks to learn more? Then this blog post is for you! In this blog post, I’ll show you ways to get Anthropology textbooks either cheap or free!
Cheap Anthropology Textbooks
You probably already know that you can buy cheap textbooks on eBay, and sometimes Amazon. But you may not know about these websites listed below. I order books from them all the time, and I highly suggest them (and no, I’m not being paid to say this or anything. And, the links below are NOT affiliate links–I’m not paid when you click on these links.)
These sites usually have the previous editions of Anthropology textbooks for very cheap–I have purchased some for less than $5! It’s fine to use the previous edition of textbooks if you want to learn Anthropology on your own. They might not talk about the latest findings, especially in archaeology and paleoanthropology, but you will learn the basic concepts just fine.
For a huge list of textbooks I recommend, please check out this page of my website. You may be able to buy these books cheaply on the websites listed below.
This website offers all kinds of books–used and new, including Anthropology textbooks and ethnographies. If you buy over $10, then shipping is free–otherwise shipping (in the USA) is only 99 cents! And, if you join their club, after you buy a certain number of books, you get a book free! Here are some examples of what you might find at this website: (all examples are in US dollars)
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Examples of Ethnographies
Patterns of Culture $3.99
This website also offers books of all kinds, used and new, including Anthropology textbooks and ethnographies. Shipping is often free! Here are some examples of what you might find at this website: (all examples are in US dollars)
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Examples of Ethnographies
The Dobe Ju/‘Hoansi $3.79
The Forest People $3.69
FREE Anthropology Textbooks
There are several free and open-source Anthropology textbooks available online:
This book can be read online, downloaded separately by chapter, or downloaded in one PDF. It was created by the American Anthropology Association’s Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges. It covers the introductory Cultural Anthropology concepts, such as culture, language, economics, politics, family and marriage, gender, religion, and more!
This book can be downloaded separately by chapter, or downloaded in one PDF. It was created by the American Anthropology Association’s Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges. It covers many Biological Anthropology topics, including evolution, genetics, primates, human evolution, human variation, race, osteology, and more!
This book can be downloaded in different formats, such as a PDF, Kindle book, and iBooks file. You can also download the chapters separately. This book was written by Michael Wesch at Kansas State University. It covers introductory Cultural Anthropology topics, including culture, language, love, identity, race, gender, religion, tools, globalization, and more!
This book can be read online, or downloaded in PDF, Kindle, and EPUB formats. It was written by Greg Downey at Macquarie University. This book covers topics related to human evolution, such as how evolution affects the way we are today, the development of our brains, vestigial organs, bones that are similar to those of other organisms, and lots more!
This book can be downloaded as a PDF. It was written by a team of several people at various universities in the USA. This book covers basic human osteology for Anthropologists, including descriptions to bones to aid in identification, and techniques for siding, aging, sexing, and stature estimation.
This book can be read online, or downloaded in either a PDF or an EPUB format. It was written by Barbara Welker at SUNY (State University of New York) Geneseo. This book covers topics in Paleoanthropology (human origins and evolution), including primate classification and primate evolution, and human ancestors such as Sahelanthropus, Orrin, Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, Homo, and more!
This book can be read online. It was written by Arnie Schoenberg. It covers basic topics in Physical Anthropology, including the evolution of evolutionary thought, genetics, osteology, primatology, paleoanthropology, human variation, and more!
This book can be downloaded either in PDF or EPUB format. It was written by Susan Stebbins at the University at Albany. This book in an introductory Anthropological textbook about the Native people of North America. Topics covered include kinship, language, food, religion, arts, marriage and family, economics, politics, and more!
This book can be downloaded in a PDF format. It is also available in a Spanish language version. This book was written by Stephen Winick and Peter Bartis. It covers the topic of documenting culture, including preparing for fieldwork, writing fieldnotes, recording interviews, taking photos, preserving and presenting your results, and more!
I hope you enjoyed this list of free and cheap Anthropology textbooks. If you know of a free textbook that is not mentioned here, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out this page of my website to see a list of recommended textbooks!
Thanks for reading!