1st semester book costs - page 3

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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 was that if you have an .edu... Read More


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    eBooks are exactly the same as the textbook itself, just in electronic form (pdf usually). So essentially, you're buying two copies of the same book, one paper copy and one for your computer.
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    So far I've only spent 350$ on my books. Which is great compared to my school's 700$ for if you buy through the book store. I use bigwords.com and they compile a list of textbook sites that sell used books and lists them in order of price. I also saved a bundle buying my major nursing fundamentals book in international edition. It's 1500+ pages but because it's international edition, it's soft cover so it's MUCH lighter than my hard cover books.


    ....now time to spend the money I saved on uniforms and such
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    I've basically borrowed two books so far from the library and I'm 27 chapters into scanning: Fundamentals of Nursing by kozier..487pages out of 1500 done. Might be worth buying the book but since I'm unemployed I'll be buying previous editions and scanning what I do and don't need. Financial aid isn't going to do much for me this time round, it paid my tuition and thats about it.

    If the teacher complains and wants me to turn in the book with the completed work and won't accept copied pages well I'll skip my ass up to the dean.
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    Quote from puravidaLV
    I've basically borrowed two books so far from the library and I'm 27 chapters into scanning: Fundamentals of Nursing by kozier..487pages out of 1500 done. Might be worth buying the book but since I'm unemployed I'll be buying previous editions and scanning what I do and don't need. Financial aid isn't going to do much for me this time round, it paid my tuition and thats about it.

    If the teacher complains and wants me to turn in the book with the completed work and won't accept copied pages well I'll skip my ass up to the dean.
    THAT is dedication! I bought a couple of older editions myself. $75 vs. $8? It was hard to resist!
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    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    THAT is dedication! I bought a couple of older editions myself. $75 vs. $8? It was hard to resist!

    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.
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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.
    I'm saving a little on my scrubs by getting them from Ebay instead of the bookstore. Its not much but they are better quality!
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.


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