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User currently offlinedlramp4life From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 928 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

Does anyone know of a good site or store to get textbooks for a discounted price?


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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12241 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2820 times:
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Quoting dlramp4life (Thread starter):
Does anyone know of a good site or store to get textbooks for a discounted price?

There is such a thing as cheap text books??? Anyways, I always searched http://www.bigwords.com/



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User currently offlinedlramp4life From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 928 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2814 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 1):
There is such a thing as cheap text books???

I wish. But I think paying $200 for a book is a little much...

Thank you for the website!



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8219 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

Quoting dlramp4life (Reply 2):
But I think paying $200 for a book is a little much...

You are not wrong there.

I believe that the college textbooks is a huge rip off, especially when a lot of material put into the "new versions" are really pretty old. From basic accounting to most math to engineering it is all pretty basic. Get into lit courses and a lot of the books can be downloaded for free. Some courses, like Human Resources, will be changing because of changes in laws, policies, public shifts (like with gay marriages), etc.

Some help may be coming. Apple has pushed hard for online courses and online text books, and I think you will see other internet avenues moving to free or very cheap texts.


User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1244 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

As a college professor I encourage my students to look at half.com (an ebay company). I also used this site when sourcing books when I was doing my doctorate. For one of the classes I teach I don't require students to buy the books. I have all of the readings available as pdf files on Blackboard.


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User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2061 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2768 times:

Infuriates me the most when the professor is an author or editor of the book they're forcing you to buy and then doesn't use it at all the entire semester.

Almost no textbook is worth $150 and thus I refuse to pay. I'll readily admit that I pirate them when I can (one of my lecturers this semester actually informed us there were versions available), otherwise buy second hand or just borrow a friends when I need it. I've started putting textbook policy into my student evaluations at the end of semester, do my part to encourage change as some lecturers are very reasonable.

Just another way the higher education system seeks to screw those upon whom it depends.


User currently offlinekpitrrat From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 5):

Infuriates me the most when the professor is an author or editor of the book they're forcing you to buy and then doesn't use it at all the entire semester.

I agree, I have found that many professors will make the book they have authored/edited a part of EVERY class they treach whether it really applies to the course or not. I am not a fan of buying supplementary reading because most professors seemingly forget to even go over it. I usually try to find the "core" textbook and only purchase that. Luckily, I my under grad and grad studies are not/and were not very scientific. I find those (Math/Science/Bio etc) are the most expensive.


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12241 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2749 times:
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Quoting dlramp4life (Reply 2):
I wish. But I think paying $200 for a book is a little much...

No kidding.. I am glad I went to college when I did...even though they were expensive in 2002-2006, most books were still under $100.



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User currently offlinejoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 806 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2743 times:

www.abebooks.com

Also can do a google search for the book - put in the IBSN number.

University's here expect you to pay around $110 for a textbook which is only used for 4 months, yet only a few chapters are covered, then of course, the next semester or year, they say you need the next edition. I don't buy textbooks nowadays, just borrow them.


User currently offlineFly777s From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2715 times:

I rent my books from chegg.com. In the three years I've been doing so, I've saved upwards of $1,000... Also, for every purchase, Chegg plants a tree in your choice from several countries... So not only do you save money, you're also doing a good deed! Chegg also gives you the option to purchase most books and if you need to extend your rental, it's easy to do so. Chegg also has a buyback program, so any textbook you've purchased there's the potential to make money back. I've been using their service every semester aside from my first and have not had any issues.

User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2972 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

Quoting dlramp4life (Thread starter):
Cheap Textbooks?  

No such thing, sorry.

And I'm only in high school... I shudder when I think of university textbook costs.



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User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2044 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2702 times:

While my college does not allow me to tell my students about alternatives to the college-owned bookstore, the textbook to my one of my classes comes with a $160-ish price tag. A few semesters ago ,however, the bookstore messed up the orders, so they didn't have anything for my students to buy.

Without asking the Hierarchy for advice, I ordered used copies on Amazon, all under $1 = $3.99 s&h. Then we had to use a freight forwarder from Florida to Nassau (otherwise it would have taken until the end of the semester). By the time we got them, they were still all under $10.



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User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3051 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2696 times:

I simply despise the cost of textbooks. I can understand paying like $160 for a book you'll use more than one semester. James Stewart's Calculus books are well worth the price (I managed to snag a brand new one for $90, even though I've finished all my calculus courses). But I hate it when I purchase a book and end up not using it. Good thing I know a couple of people who can get me promotional copies so I don't end up paying anything, but still.

I also hate when you have one version and then all of the sudden the professor switches versions (5th to a 6th edition) and when you compare the two versions, they're the same one just with different exercises. And yet another thing I don't like

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 5):
Infuriates me the most when the professor is an author or editor of the book they're forcing you to buy and then doesn't use it at all the entire semester.

Finally, paying so much for a textbook you can't understand. I took Theory of Communications using this book:


Only a rocket scientist could understand what those guys had written. Cost of the book? $177-ish. How many chapters did I cover in the course? About 4/11 and only some material per chapter.



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User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3385 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

I've always had really good luck w/Amazon.

I also wouldn't discount (no pun intended) looking on bulletin boards around campus to see if anyone has a book you might need on offer.



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8219 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 4):
I have all of the readings available as pdf files on Blackboard.

Now that is intelligent! Amazing how much a Prof could enhance the quality of their courses if they took that approach and expanded the breadth of their course.

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 5):

Infuriates me the most when the professor is an author or editor of the book they're forcing you to buy and then doesn't use it at all the entire semester.

I went through that in an Econ course in Perth. The book was so poorly designed that I had a hard time reading it. Thought it was time to get new glasses, but it was simply very poor print quality and a hard to read font.


User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1244 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2603 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 14):
Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 4):
I have all of the readings available as pdf files on Blackboard.

Now that is intelligent! Amazing how much a Prof could enhance the quality of their courses if they took that approach and expanded the breadth of their course.

Well I do what I can. Now, students out there, please know it drives the professor nutty when you ask, "do we have to buy the book?" That's a bit like asking, "If I don't do the work will I still pass the class?" One of the courses I teach is online and if you don't have the book they you can't pass the class. I do try to make it a bit easier by having the book on reserve in the Library.



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User currently offlinesafetyDemo From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2594 times:

I've been renting my textbooks through Chegg and Half.com. However, I always compare both sites for rental price and purchase price. Some of my textbooks have been cheaper to buy rather than rent.

Returning the rented text books is incredibly easy. You keep the box they shipped to you in, print the label provided from the website, drop it off at a UPS store and you're done.

I have saved a ton of money doing this and highly recommend it.

-safetyDemo



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User currently offlinedarthluke12694 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 4):

As a college professor I encourage my students to look at half.com (an ebay company). I also used this site when sourcing books when I was doing my doctorate. For one of the classes I teach I don't require students to buy the books. I have all of the readings available as pdf files on Blackboard.

I've saved $82 this semester thanks to you. It's cheaper to buy new books from half.com then to buy used books from my college. Thank you!! And half.com is usually cheaper than amazon too!!


User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

Urgh, I really hate textbook season. Its really annoying that the big publishers can get away with charging so much for them. Surprisingly Pearson Ed, one of the world's largest textbook publishers, has a profit margin of only 16% or so. Unfortunately in New Zealand, the pool of used textbooks dries up pretty quickly, so I often have to buy new ones. This semester I spent NZD~$600 on the required texts for this semester's classes.

Last semester my economics professor recommended that we all read this article by Austan Goolsbee on the textbook economy and I thought I might as well share it.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/05/business/05consuming.html

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 5):

Infuriates me the most when the professor is an author or editor of the book they're forcing you to buy and then doesn't use it at all the entire semester.

Agreed. It also makes me angry when they make one bring them to every class and then don't use them. They are a lot of weight to carry around.

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 14):
Thought it was time to get new glasses, but it was simply very poor print quality and a hard to read font.

Quite often the paper quality the publishers use it terrible. It smudges and rips very easily, though I guess it saves weight.



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2016 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2499 times:

I took some online courses at UCLA's extension school and what really pissed me off is they listed the book required and, since I live in Singapore, I bought it before the course started. The book was USD185 and when the course started, I was told I was require to buy some sort of online-based version of the book which was USD130. I had to do this because the assignments would be submitted through that system. What a rip off! And they never mentioned that in the course description or the syllabus.

Currently looking at pre-reading text books I need for my MBA course. Each book is about EUR55 new, which is not too bad, but I will continue to troll. I have seen some used text books in good condition on Amazon for as low as USD25 (excl. shipping).

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User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3125 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

One option, you could ask your professor if it would be OK to purchase a digital copy instead of the paper copy, and then purchase directly from the publisher. They're usually 1/3 less. Some are time limited, but if you aren't going to use it ever again, not a problem. Downside: you can't sell it on the used market.

Quoting kpitrrat (Reply 6):
Quoting QFA380 (Reply 5):
Infuriates me the most when the professor is an author or editor of the book they're forcing you to buy and then doesn't use it at all the entire semester.
I agree, I have found that many professors will make the book they have authored/edited a part of EVERY class they treach whether it really applies to the course or not.

How often does that happen? I have specific ethics regulations prohibiting me from using a book I wrote.

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 15):
Well I do what I can. Now, students out there, please know it drives the professor nutty when you ask, "do we have to buy the book?" That's a bit like asking, "If I don't do the work will I still pass the class?"

   I can usually tell the students who read the book versus those who don't based on exam scores, or even papers. It's the prime study guide. At least that's how I use it.

-Rampart


User currently offlineblink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5480 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2468 times:

I've had reasonable luck with Amazon, particularly their used suppliers. If there's anything I've learned though, its not to trust the university bookstore to get a good price. I had an econ professor who intentionally used previous editions of texts to keep prices down, given that the content is 99% the same from one edition to the next.

What drives me nuts, however, is when I return a book at the end of the semester and am offered an unreasonably low price. For one class I took, I had to buy a historical atlas new for $160. How much was I offered when I returned it(which I barely used) at the end of the semester? $1, I kid you not. Again, a historical atlas. This stuff hasn't changed in centuries; its not going to change now. I kept the book.



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User currently offlinedarthluke12694 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 weeks ago) and read 2459 times:

Quoting blink182 (Reply 21):
I've had reasonable luck with Amazon, particularly their used suppliers. If there's anything I've learned though, its not to trust the university bookstore to get a good price.

I can get brand new books on Amazon for the same price as getting all used books from the college bookstore.

Quoting blink182 (Reply 21):
What drives me nuts, however, is when I return a book at the end of the semester and am offered an unreasonably low price.

Yep. I'm offered $5 to $10 for pretty much any book. I can sell the same book back to Amazon for $50. They even provide the shipping label. Sure, they give you an Amazon gift card, but I'll just get new books with it!


User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3125 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

I'll be shipped off for heresy, but the college book store racket needs to end. It's simply another means for an off-campus vendor (along with food services, parking, and now dorms) to take advantage of students. They can keep the little gift store for t-shirts, shot glasses, paperback novels, and the odd faculty publication that someone wants as a souvenir. Given the trend toward digital availability, and the greater efficiency of online sales, I can imagine competitive online distributors can operate better and cheaper. I say this as a major fan of the local bookstore, which I like to support. A college bookstore is not a local bookseller, it's an arm of an international conglomerate that wins a bid that ensures noncompetition.

That said, at major universities, sometimes it's possible to find unaffiliated bookstores just off-campus to offer most of the introductory textbooks. ASU used to have that.

-Rampart


User currently offlineGEEZER From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2323 times:

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 4):
I encourage my students to look at half.com (an ebay company)

It has always baffled me that I hear so little about half.com; I've been buying photography books (both new and used) from them for years now.

Now if only I could find a source for "recently written" books on politics and photography; Just this week I had to cough up $55 for "Landscape Photography" second edition, by Tim Fitsharris, and "Hostile Takeover" by Matt Kibbe.

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25 Post contains images Mir : Especially when it's for a subject that's pretty cut and dry. Sorry, but the basics of calculus aren't changing anymore. A new edition of that textbo
26 GSPflyer : Chegg.com, I'm starting my junior year, and I've saved hundreds using this site. You can buy used or rent using them. If you rent, they pay for return
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