Ebooks? Some, all or none?? - page 2

Hello, I debating on whether to buy ebooks. I do prefer a book that I can flip through but I'm thinking cost and having to carry them all. I was thinking maybe I can a few ebooks and wondering... Read More

  1. Visit  Peppermint_RN profile page
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    I am a huge e-reader love, but I bought hard copies of all of my textbooks. Mostly because I could find used ones cheaper online than what the ebooks cost, and I was able to sell the ones I didn't want at the end of the semester. Plus, for me, I like to be able to flip around pages as I need and highlight important sections.
  2. Visit  krisiepoo profile page
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    personally I would hate to have all my books on ebooks because of how I like to read. What I did, however, was the super thick books I had the binding cut off and had them 3-hole punched and I put them in a binder. For each exam, I would take out the required pages of reading and would put them in the binder I bring to class that has my power point printouts and stuff. Then I had the inforamtion with me without the bulk of the book
    summer715, canigraduate, and 3rd watch like this.
  3. Visit  i♥words profile page
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    I had to buy the school's package which included the "real" books and ebooks. I actually am really enjoying the ebooks. It's easy to highlight and take notes (my books are from Elsevier), and I love having all my books on my tablet. The cheapest option is probably to buy used online, but if you're wanting the convenience, I think ebooks are a good choice.

    ETA: Don't forget to check out if you can keep the ebook forever, as in, a permanent download, or if it is one of those 180 day access codes or whatever. Also, if you want your ebooks on more than just a laptop, make sure you check to see what devices the company is compatible with.
  4. Visit  PalmHarborMom profile page
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    At my school, when buying ebooks alone they are only about $10-20 cheaper than a regular book. I buy my books online and many nursing books, when bought new, have access codes for their website. Often the websites have quizzes, study materials and access to the book.
  5. Visit  Divatologist profile page
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    I have most of my books as ebooks because I was not about to carry those heavy books around for 2 years. The only books I didn't get as ebooks were my checklist book and the little pocket guides I needed to carry with me to clinicals. Although I still find myself pulling out my phone and looking things up in clinical rather than refer to my books. I love the ebooks, especially for the links and the quick and ease of getting to references. It's whatever works best for you though. Either way you will be able to read, highlight, or whatever else you need to do. Good Luck in school!


    Oh you should watch the publisher's website for specials too. Actually 2 of my ebooks were cheaper than Amazon's hardcopy and ebook because the publisher was having a special. Note that if you buy a Kindle version of an ebook, it may be a copy of the textbook. So, you may or may not have page numbers or links. Just make sure you check before you order. Amazon does sell some of the ebooks that come from the publishers for pretty cheap.
  6. Visit  JNHERRIN profile page
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    I would really recommend the ebooks. I initially did not think I would like them, and opted for hard copies. They were a constant hassle for me, mostly because I am always running around to school work and staying at my boyfriends house. I was always trying to remember which books I might need while I was away from home and which ones I needed to bring to class. Thankfully one of my classmates shared his kno username with me, so I now have all the ebooks on my iPad. It is absolutely amazing, they are laid out just like the textbook, and I don't have to remember a million things, everything is right there on the iPad. If you don't really need to flip through the pages or physically write and hi-lite, they really are a life saver.
  7. Visit  cnoto34 profile page
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    Quote from krisiepoo
    personally I would hate to have all my books on ebooks because of how I like to read. What I did, however, was the super thick books I had the binding cut off and had them 3-hole punched and I put them in a binder. For each exam, I would take out the required pages of reading and would put them in the binder I bring to class that has my power point printouts and stuff. Then I had the inforamtion with me without the bulk of the book
    good idea thanks
  8. Visit  cnoto34 profile page
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    Quote from wordsofmymouth
    I had to buy the school's package which included the "real" books and ebooks. I actually am really enjoying the ebooks. It's easy to highlight and take notes (my books are from Elsevier), and I love having all my books on my tablet. The cheapest option is probably to buy used online, but if you're wanting the convenience, I think ebooks are a good choice. ETA: Don't forget to check out if you can keep the ebook forever, as in, a permanent download, or if it is one of those 180 day access codes or whatever. Also, if you want your ebooks on more than just a laptop, make sure you check to see what devices the company is compatible with.
    thanks I wouldn't have thought about that
  9. Visit  cnoto34 profile page
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    Quote from JNHERRIN
    I would really recommend the ebooks. I initially did not think I would like them, and opted for hard copies. They were a constant hassle for me, mostly because I am always running around to school work and staying at my boyfriends house. I was always trying to remember which books I might need while I was away from home and which ones I needed to bring to class. Thankfully one of my classmates shared his kno username with me, so I now have all the ebooks on my iPad. It is absolutely amazing, they are laid out just like the textbook, and I don't have to remember a million things, everything is right there on the iPad. If you don't really need to flip through the pages or physically write and hi-lite, they really are a life saver.
    i don't have any friends yet so we will see bout sharing
  10. Visit  kp1987 profile page
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    My school requires is to have all Ebooks and I hate them. I hate them. I hate them. I hate them.
    I miss beautiful hard paper heavy text books sigh.
  11. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥ profile page
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    I purchased most of my nursing texts as hard copies and as e-books; my assessment book (Jarvis) and my psych and community health books were hard copy only; my maternal-child was e-book only.

    I have since thrown away every hard copy except the critical care book and I occasionally go back to my ebooks because they're so easy to search.

    Personally, I prefer real books (brand new, at that) but have found ebooks to be much more practical and useful over the long haul (that is, the years after nursing school). I have 10 book shelves in my house and have had to be brutal in choosing what should stay and what should go.

    Bytes are so much easier to store than books.
    Last edit by ♪♫ in my ♥ on Oct 12, '13
  12. Visit  southernfluff profile page
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    The textbooks are huge and heavy. Think you are gonna study everywhere? Nope. Try as I might, I can't seem to read my Fundamentals, Med-Surg, or OB books in bed. They are too big! Even "curling up" on the couch when I am tired of sitting at a desk is pretty difficult. As soon as I get comfortable, invariably I will need to get up for something and it's a pain. I really wish I had gotten eBooks.

    If you are looking at eBooks, the iPad mini is awesome. It's just the right size. I load all my powerpoints, course calendars, NANDA pdfs, and syllabi on it. It's one of the most useful gifts I have received for nursing school. Also, I have been shopping around for eBooks and have found that a few are cheaper on Amazon and a few are cheaper from the iBooks store (through the app).

    Good luck!
  13. Visit  TexasRN75 profile page
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    I made the mistake of buying my med surg book on my Kindle. When it came time to make a reference about the patho on my care plans, it was very difficult. I ended up using someone else's book to complete my annotation. That was the last time that I bought an e-book.


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