I'm about to start my nursing program and I was just wondering, is it better to purchase my textbooks or to rent them? Aside from it being cost effective to rent, I was wondering would purchasing it benefit me in anyway (aside from it sitting on my bookshelf, never to be looked at again), such as being useful for the NCLEX or future courses or will those textbooks be useless to me after the class is over? Just want to see what other people did and what their experience is, since it seems like I'm bleeding money left and right at the moment!!
The decision is really up to you. I don't think it's particularly better to buy or rent. Each has its benefits.
I usually prefer to buy. Call me geeky, or maybe old fashioned, but there's something special to me about keeping a library of all the subjects I have mastered. Before the internet I used to use my parents textbooks for homework, and maybe that's where I got the idea to always save books, I don't know. So maybe I am just a hoarder! But, at any rate, I have found that textbook ownership has become beneficial in ways that I had not anticipated. Such as I often refer to them when I forget something I learned. I have also leant them to friends several times. I have even leant one to my grandmother's caregiver (lvn). Either way, I personally have always found textbook ownership to be enjoyable and come in handy in some shape or form. I have always found them useful. But that's just me.
If you want to rent because of price, don't forget you could always buy and re-sell.
It's really up to you.
Last edit by lauraline on Apr 25, '13
Buy, but not from the school. Buy used from a place like amazon or abebooks.com. Or if your school has an online forum for students, see if there are any upper classmen selling their books. You'll pay just about as much as you would to rent a book, and you can resell it at the end of the year and make a little money back.
Last edit by Double-Helix on Apr 26, '13
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