1st semester book costs - page 3

OUCH!! :eek: Just ordered my books for first semester (junior year). Came out to $661, saves $88 by getting them through amazon, and that was buying them new at amazon vs used at bookstore. Bonus... Read More

  1. Visit  ChayaChameleon profile page
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    Quote from puravidalv
    i'd rather carry a laptop than a 10lb book with me.

    i just bought very used editions and previous editions. over all just spent 144.00 for most of my classes and now i have to cough up another 150 for access codes. i'm going to get the books well before the start of the sememster and verify them against what is in the library. i have friends that will loan me their copies they bought and i'll scan the parts i need. '

    $300.00 total compared to $750.00. i only wish i could have saved that much on my school scrubs.
    my school bookstore is full of crap. they have prepackaged the nursing books (13 books) into a big box. i'm unable to see what the actual books/isbns are until i purchase the box, which is $571.00. we also have to get fundamentals of nursing (text and study guide) and while i'd love to get it cheaper at amazon.com or something, i don't want to have to end up paying for access codes separately. sucks.
  2. Visit  CrazierThanYou profile page
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    Quote from chayachameleon
    my school bookstore is full of crap. they have prepackaged the nursing books (13 books) into a big box. i'm unable to see what the actual books/isbns are until i purchase the box, which is $571.00. we also have to get fundamentals of nursing (text and study guide) and while i'd love to get it cheaper at amazon.com or something, i don't want to have to end up paying for access codes separately. sucks.

    i found the fundamentals book for $50 as opposed to $120 at the bookstore. also, i got the study guide for $6 instead of the bookstore's $40.

    that is actually pretty low that they package the books like that. my books would have run from $700 to $800 and i've spent a little over $200.
  3. Visit  puravidaLV profile page
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    Quote from chayachameleon
    my school bookstore is full of crap. they have prepackaged the nursing books (13 books) into a big box. i'm unable to see what the actual books/isbns are until i purchase the box, which is $571.00. we also have to get fundamentals of nursing (text and study guide) and while i'd love to get it cheaper at amazon.com or something, i don't want to have to end up paying for access codes separately. sucks.
    umm first off colleges (private might be different) can't do this. its against the higher education opportunity act of 2009. if the bookstore needs to be reminded of this call up the dean and state that the book store is violating this by boxing the books together.

    http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_cong_public_laws&docid=fubl315.110

    if you bundle it, you better damn well provide an unbundled version, hence why i am forced to by access codes separately.

    federal textbook disclosure rules now law | disruptive library technology jester

    throw in the face your going to put the students together for a class action law suit and throw it to the aclu
  4. Visit  ms_miyagi profile page
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    Thus far I've spent around $375 for 8 of 11 textbooks thru alibris.com, out of the 8 books, only 2 of them were used. The remaining books I am bidding on e-bay and right now, if the auction were to close tonight would cost me exactly $20 plus $5 for shipping. Considering that my school sells the bundle for $642, I don't think I've done that bad.
  5. Visit  SingDanceRunLife profile page
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    It'll be about $600 for my nursing books, and then another $100 or so or my psych and philosophy books.

    It sounds bad, but since my nursing books are ALL of the nursing books I need for 3 out of the 4 semesters at my NS, it's really not that bad.
  6. Visit  Rags2Riches RN profile page
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    My school too requires that we buy an ebook package from Elsevier which costs about $1100. And to my knowledge there is no way of finding out what books are apart of this required package until you purchase.
  7. Visit  jennafezz profile page
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    Quote from Rags2Riches
    My school too requires that we buy an ebook package from Elsevier which costs about $1100. And to my knowledge there is no way of finding out what books are apart of this required package until you purchase.
    That is now illegal, as of July 2010. Schools are required to provide you with the ISBNs of any books that come in a "bundle". Regardless of the law, I think it's pretty unethical for a school to hide something like that, and I blame it on pressure from the publishers.
    curlyq28 and metal_m0nk like this.
  8. Visit  sandyfeet profile page
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    I feel a little nauseous right now from all of the money I spent on books...approx $750 without ANY of the "recommended" books, just the required ones! Amazon was a better deal than by bookstore, though.
    Can't wait until that credit card bill comes in the mail.
  9. Visit  CaptScrubs13 profile page
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    Last fall, my books came to over $750. I had to buy drug guides, lab books, nsg diagnosis books, drug calc books, plus multiple text books
    This semester, I paid $140! I was lucky though, because our Maternity and Pedi classes use the same book, and my other Geriatrics class doesn't use a book. I also rented all of them, and the most I paid for 1 was $54
    I decided to not rent my med-surg book last year, and keep it for reference. All my others I think I will rent though
  10. Visit  lfmedic1 profile page
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    I haven't purchased mine yet but my quick math by the cost listed at amazon was a little less than 600 dollars....I couldn't believe it!
  11. Visit  fishinglisa profile page
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    I am beginning the RN program at GC Wallace CC in Selma, AL in Aug 2010. They have said our books will cost around $650.00 skills supply packet $80.00 and uniforms $200.00. Good luck with your studies!
  12. Visit  Kuffy profile page
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    Quote from azhic13
    OUCH!!

    Just ordered my books for first semester (junior year). Came out to $661, saves $88 by getting them through amazon, and that was buying them new at amazon vs used at bookstore. Bonus was that if you have an .edu email address you can get a free year of amazon prime, and get free 2 day shipping.

    So what did everyone else pay.
    I paid 854 bucks for my books at the school book store.. thank god for financial aid or Nursing school would still just be a dream... Also its awesome that a lot of these books are used throughout the Nursing program
  13. Visit  WanderingSagehen profile page
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    I don't use the school bookstore ever! (oh, I had to purchase a lab book for micro last semester) Amazon has great prices and you can get a new book at a used price, way below the used price at the student store. I think only one of my texts has highlights out of 20 books and they tell you that up front. All came with the proper CD's and even bundling prices. Its a pain because you have to make sure the IBSN's are correct as well as the editions, unlike just walking into the bookstore. I spent about $800 but still had to get the PDA program for my ipod itouch. I bought Nursing Constellation from Skyscape. I like amazon because I can then sell my books back easily should I want to. The school bookstore is ridiculously over priced for used books. If you are spending your own money and not Mommy's or Daddy's then try amazon or the others you find online and learn how to sell them back to others. Its like recycling... but I guess not everyone does that either.
    BTW- I am a 1st year nursing student.
    Advice: Learn how to shop Amazon!


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