All I seem to find are rentals, and renting them for the duration I need the books will end up costing me more than less in the long run. I guess I can do it, but we were told these books would follow us through the two year program, so I may not get a second textbook list.
Most of the Elsevier books are available for full purchase in VitalSource format. For some reason, there are certain titles that are rental only. If you need something that's on CourseSmart, try looking at buying just the access codes--they come with the eBook and it's not a rental. Or CengageBrain.com's digital products (not the eBooks, those are rentals).
Personally, an iPad and eBooks have changed my life. They are just as easy to use (and maybe even easier) as hard copies. Once you get the hang of it, the search features, bookmarking and highlighting can't be beat. (Try erasing a misplaced highlight in a hard copy.) Some even let you take notes. You can also use the glossary and other features right there. No more dragging 5 books to class, then realizing you forgot a book. Trying to read the hard copy of an 1100 pg book was torture. Heaven forbid the teacher referenced more than one text during lecture. And after spending $145 for a book, I can't imagine letting Kinkos cut off the spine and hole punch it. Plus, with eBooks, I can discreetly study anytime, anywhere.
Another avenue to consider is just searching for a PDF copy of the textbook (you'd be surprised what you find) and loading it in iBooks. Save your back and your sanity!
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Last edit by StarBrownRN on Aug 12, '12