Here come the textbooks! - page 2

My first nursing text book was just delivered!!!! Now, if I can just make it through one more week of A&P, I can start reading "the real stuff!" The rest of my books are supposed to be here next... Read More

  1. by   szccdw
    You can find a lot of books you need at www.amazon.com I bought most of my books used there and they were just like new.
  2. by   FarmgrrlRN
    Another site to add to the list:
    www.a1techbooks.com

    I bought my dosage book for the summer from them new, which was cheaper than what the bookstore was selling it used for.

    I also bought a few more nursing books for the fall semester from them . They don't have free shipping or anything. They charge $2.79 per book, but it still was cheaper than any other place...I also used ecampus (as mentioned above).
  3. by   Jaggeddoll
    I bought my textbooks from Barnes and Noble too. I saved at least $50 on my last order, which is pretty great. Today, some of my books arrived and I was so geeked!
  4. by   Carolanne
    Get as many used books on line as you can lay your hands on. I even look ahead to the other courses in my school and see what's required a semester or two away from now ... never too early to plan, to get your selection and best deals. Don't let the books intimidate you, either. From my experience, the teachers manage to whack them in half and use only bits and pieces in their lectures - they never cover every paragraph, it's impossible. Don't take in the whole picture all at once. Scan through the chapters a little before classes start, read a few paragraphs here and there. Try a couple of the questions at the end of the chapters, see how you do. I always find the chapter summaries or highlights very helpful at the end of the chapters -- kind of puts everything in a nutshell.
  5. by   ST_NURSE_MLD
    We have the opportunity to RENT our books. Anyway, when I picked my Level 2 books up, they stacked at least 1 1/2 foot off the counter. I thought I was going to be sick. I had to reach around the books to get my rental receipt from the clerk. Here we go....
  6. by   confused101
    Renting?? How does that work???
  7. by   TaraSC
    I have had success with sites such as www.half.com and www.textbookx.com. I also sell my books on half.com as well. Good luck with you book shopping!
  8. by   LeesieBug
    Dang...checked out the Barnes and Noble site and found that the books cost exactly the same as school bookstore.....turns out our school bookstore is a B/N affiliate...oh well.

    I am now just trying to recover from my initial shock upon seeing the length of my booklist! 12 books just for my nursing class! Yikes!
  9. by   ST_NURSE_MLD
    Renting works like this...
    The college bookstore houses hundreds of books. When you pay your registeration/class fees you are charged $15.00 per book (book rental fee) and given a book store receipt. You take your receipt to the bookstore and receive your books. Of course, in nursing, this will not cover additional items such as Davis Drug book or PDRs. But, it sure has saved me some $$$.
  10. by   RainbowzLPN
    I'll be getting my books this coming week! We have 15 books to get, & when I looked @ different sites online, they either didn't have the right editions or year, but I was surprised that some of them were more $ than I'll be spending to buy them @ the school!!
  11. by   sagelola
    We have 15 books to buy as well...

    Holli, I envy you that it only cost you $390!! It will end up costing me about $800. There is a computer program we are required to have that is $150 alone. I almost got sick when I saw how many books we have to buy. Someone will need to go with me, because I won't be able to carry them all! Just one class has 8 books!!

    Also, I will probably end up getting them all new...I have to wait for my FA check to come before I can purchase them (there isn't enough in our budget for me to get the books before the FA comes!) And I don't think there will be enough time to get them online, either.

    Not only the textbooks....but has anyone got all their equipment yet??
  12. by   FarmgrrlRN
    Originally posted by sagelola
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    Not only the textbooks....but has anyone got all their equipment yet??
    Don't even get me started! I bought my stethoscope, bandage scissors, etc from the Student Nurse Assoc. back in May thinking I had done something nice. Their prices were about the same if not cheaper than what I saw online. They told us it would take about 3-4 weeks for our orders to arrive and they would call us to arrange the pick-up. I didn't hear anything from them all summer, but they sure did manage to clear my $90 check in a week. I asked them again at orientation a couple of weeks ago and they told me "oh, you'll be receving your stuff during the first week of class". I've really been looking forward to playing with my new stethoscope! You know...its king of like teasing a toddler with candy. Oh well!

    I could get started on uniforms...$173....a monopoly is what I call that one...grrrrr......
  13. by   essarge
    I would suggest that you NOT rent your books. While it is a good idea because it "saves" money, I've found that I re-use many of my books in other nursing courses. I know that it is expensive but, you will find yourself saying "gee, wish I still had that book"! My nursing "library" now consists of close to 100 books ranging from A&P to research and then some. I use almost all of them at one time or another.

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