advice for finding cheap textbooks

  1. I am looking for some places to find cheap books. I have been looking for Math for Meds and the cheapest is $36 (new $51). Does not seem like much of a bargain. Next month, I will buying all the books I need for the fall. thanks
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  3. by   AnnaN5
    Quote from micco
    I am looking for some places to find cheap books. I have been looking for Math for Meds and the cheapest is $36 (new $51). Does not seem like much of a bargain. Next month, I will buying all the books I need for the fall. thanks
    I have had luck in the past with www.half.com, they always have tons of textbooks on there that are half the price of the used ones at my school's bookstore. I recently bought a genetics textbook from there for $60 which sells used for $97 at the bookstore.

    I don't know if it is the same book you need, but I typed in Math for Meds and there are some slightly used ones for $17-$25.
    Last edit by AnnaN5 on May 5, '04
  4. by   lovinghands
    I'm graduating and will be selling some of my nursing and prereq books on half.com in the next month or two. You can get pretty good books there cheap but pay close attention to the editions. Good luck to you.
  5. by   FutureArmyNurse
    Quote from micco
    I am looking for some places to find cheap books. I have been looking for Math for Meds and the cheapest is $36 (new $51). Does not seem like much of a bargain. Next month, I will buying all the books I need for the fall. thanks
    By far the best website I have ever used is www.bigwords.com

    It compares a lot of things and lets you check multiple books all at once. Very easy and no charge either.
  6. by   Havin' A Party!
    Thanks for sharing.
  7. by   Ruylupez
    I have several sites bookmarked, each of them search multiple bookstores searching for the lowest prices

    http://www.addall.com/
    http://www.alibris.com/search/search.cfm
    http://www.bigwords.com/
    http://www.campusi.com/
    http://www.textbookland.com/
    http://www.medicaltextbook.com/
    http://www.directtextbook.com/

    I usually run the books through each of them and can usually save alot off of the college book store prices.
  8. by   mitchsmom
    I have been looking for Math for Meds and the cheapest is $36 (new $51).
    I checked this out at my college library for a month at the time, don't know if that's an option for you. As a matter of fact, they had about 5 different med math type books.

    Someone on this site recommended Walmart.com for textbooks and low and behold I have found them to usually be cheapest for new textbooks. I can't remember if Walmart comes up on the Addall.com site or not so definitely check if you don't see it listed.

    Some people also find that they can check out actual course textbooks from the library, at some you can keep rechecking books unless someone else requests them.
  9. by   studentnurse74
    Quote from Ruylupez
    I have several sites bookmarked, each of them search multiple bookstores searching for the lowest prices

    http://www.addall.com/
    http://www.alibris.com/search/search.cfm
    http://www.bigwords.com/
    http://www.campusi.com/
    http://www.textbookland.com/
    http://www.medicaltextbook.com/
    http://www.directtextbook.com/

    I usually run the books through each of them and can usually save alot off of the college book store prices.
    Yes, www.addall.com and www.bookhq.com are the two I use. You can also sell your book back on ebay, half.com, or amazon when you're done with it!
  10. by   FarmgrrlRN
    Also, check out Ebay every week or so....I've found some good deals by keeping an eye out and being wise with my bidding.
  11. by   shel_wny
    Thanks for the sites, guys! Super helpful!
  12. by   micco
    thanks for all the great advice. i am currently looking for Math for Meds, 8th edition.
  13. by   Tony35NYC
    Hi,

    I've found that a good way to get cheap used textbooks is to buy them from students who're finishing up the program. Some nursing graduates might hold on to the med surge book, but they're more than willing to unload everything else. All it takes is a flyer on the bulletin board outside the nursing building. I've bought quite a few books like this, most in good condition and between $10 and $20. Some books sell for a bit more than $20 but still cheaper than any online seller I've ever come across.
  14. by   SCmomof3
    Great thread Thanks!

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