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Hi everyone. I don't post much on here so I thought I'd start. I have recently been accepted into a BSN program for the fall of 2012 (wooho :D ) So, my problem is, I'm poor. And I'm taking a... Read More

  1. Visit  Clodhopper profile page
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    I graduated with my bachelors in 1984 and it was the same way back then with the bookstore overpricing everything. Then there was no recourse, unless you in some big college town that could support an independent college bookstore. With today's internet options abound for finding a more modestly priced book. One thing that drives up textbook prices in the USA is that there are relatively few big publishers and they operate the market like a cartel.

    Most sell international versions of their texts for up to 75% off the USA list. These have different covers, but are word for word the same inside. I saved some big $$$ for some of my pre-reqs texts going this route.

    About the OP's query as to whether or not an older version is fine, I bet it is if it is within one version of the current. The schools always list the most current version and I have found that the teachers are usually working out of a text that is one or two versions backs. I have actually been BURNT at times buying the most current version because of this fact. Tables, etc that the teacher may reference out of the older text are on different pages from my text.
  2. Visit  MeganG.James profile page
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    I just had that book this past semester. I got the book new and with mynursinglab (which we didn't use) for $150. The copyright date doesn't matter. Just get the correct edition.
  3. Visit  Sheri_nichols28 profile page
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    I always see this book on Craigslist. It's very popular book. Check your local craigslist


    Quote from Jennifergracex
    Hi everyone. I don't post much on here so I thought I'd start. I have recently been accepted into a BSN program for the fall of 2012 (wooho )

    So, my problem is, I'm poor. And I'm taking a class called "Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing Class" In which I need a book that was published this YEAR. So my college bookstore is charging $270 for it. Thing is, the SAME book with the SAME edition is out there for much cheaper, the only difference is the ISBN Number. (It was published 2011, I'm pretty sure.)

    Do you think this matters? It literally has the same cover, it's the same edition, and it's the same title it's just the ISBN that they've changed. So I'm wondering If i can get away with buying the cheaper book?

    Here's the book, in case it helps:
    Expensive version : http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educa...133136111.page

    Cheaper Version: http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/product/Kozier-Erbs-Fundamentals-of-Nursing-9E/9780138024611.page

    Notice how they're the same book, and the cheaper one even has a copyright for 2012. But the expensive one was published in 2012 and the isbn # is different.

    I realize that the expensive one also contains the mynursinglab, but i could still get that and the cheaper book for under $270.

    So, what do you think? Thanks to anyone who helps!
  4. Visit  bubblejet50 profile page
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    My school offered a package deal. All my nursing books for a total of $750. This said I NEVER opened a book. They tested from lecture. I would ask some other students who have taken the class if you will use your book. Different editions (minus pharm books) usually have the same info but on different pages so if your syllabus says page numbers they may not correspond. Amazon usually has books cheaper and I know students sell to each other because you can sell a book for more than the bookstore will buy back for and it will be cheaper for the student buying than the bookstore cost.
  5. Visit  sarahdianna profile page
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    I am surprised to read your post. how come you don't know about renting and buy online cheap textbooks. Its quite simple now. Even you can sell your books at good rates.
  6. Visit  Jennifergracex profile page
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    Quote from MeganG.James
    I just had that book this past semester. I got the book new and with mynursinglab (which we didn't use) for $150. The copyright date doesn't matter. Just get the correct edition.
    This is exactly what I was hoping to see. Thanks so much, and thank you to everyone else. You have no idea how much of a help this is! I'm just going for the older one because I've realized that it just isn't worth the money. My college also made me buy a "nursing bag" with catheters and a sphgmomanometer and a bunch other stuff. Came to $109! Just for that bag.
    I am now convinced that my college bookstore is just out to take all of my money
    Last edit by Jennifergracex on Aug 16, '12 : Reason: Spelling
  7. Visit  Chad Collins profile page
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    And the teachers and faculty support the bookstore keep that in mind. I get all my books from amazon with there student prime i get free shipping two day delivery and a cheaper price good luck
  8. Visit  ksuheather profile page
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    I am a firm believer in using the international editions and older editions of books. I did this for my Gerentology class this semester and got it for $3 as opposed to the $150 the bookstore wanted. Obviously for drug books I'd go with newest (and international if possible) but for others you can get by just fine with the older text. Also, befriend your classmates. I had a girl sit next to me with an old ed. of A&P and I helped her match up with the new one.

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