Download Textbooks cheap or Free - anyone know of an online site?

  1. Hi,
    I am currently enrolled in Excelsior's RN program. Does anyone know of a way to purchase the textbooks for cheap? Are there any online sites from which I can download them? Any info is greatly appreciated.
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  3. by   Baloney Amputation
    Go to alibris, ebay, amazon, etc., and buy the recommended textbook that is the the edition before the current recommended edition.

    No free textbooks--you want to get paid for your work, as do the authors.
  4. by   fiveofpeep
    Ive never seen any free books for nursing but I did accidentally come across some free medical books via google suggest. Seems like med students are techno savvy.

    The high costs of nursing books are pretty inavoidable. Your best bet is to wait to buy them no matter how much your teachers say you need them. Ive heard that only to find out that my nonrefundable book really wasnt necessary at all.
  5. by   caliotter3
    I got my texts for free by checking them out of libraries. When the library I was using (I went to several, as I was enrolled in more than one school at the time and also went to public libraries) did not have the book, I placed an interlibrary loan request (paid a fee of $1). That way you don't have to spend any money on a text that you might not want for your personal library. Another option, one of the textbook rental places, I used for the first time this last school term, but again, do not rent the latest edition. I rented one edition old for a class and paid $11.99 for a perfectly usable text.
  6. by   Valerie Salva
    I gave away three 2 foot high stacks of nursing text books by advertising on Craig's List that the books were free to whomever would haul them away.
    I got several responses right away, and some one came over and picked up the books within 2 hrs of me posting my ad.

    I was surprised, as the books are way out of date, but the nursing student who picked them up was thrilled to get them.
  7. by   HM2VikingRN
    Library worked for me....
  8. by   kcochrane
    I've used for a lot of my text books. Watch to see what edition it is. But in most cases you can buy an old edition and save.
  9. by   cookderosa
    Google "freecycle" and join your local email list. The odds of you requesting and getting an EC text is slim, locals likely are using local texts, however- you never know!!

    Use EC's unofficial student websites/forums. All colleges have them, and usually textbook swapping is a major activity! I have no doubt this is an excellent way to get reduced cost books.

    The publishing sites (Wiley for example) often put their current edition's support site online. These are tricky to find- but usually this are not the same sites that you need an access code for. Anyway, find your book's site. It will be worth gold. Combine this with an older edition of the text and you'll be good to go.

    There are actually online text books for free. I used to have a couple links saved, however that computer is long gone. I don't have the time to hunt for it, but I will tell you that "yes, there are" so I encourage you to start googling.

    Library - excellent suggestion. I want to underscore that libraries are linked electronically now. So, go to your local library's web site. Type in your text, and if it is found- simply do a request. Someone suggested it was $1, but my library still has no fee for this. Also, if it isn't found, drive down to your local library and request the book. My library has (at least 4 times) bought the book for me. My husband's last text through our library was an electronic version by the way- so he simply logged in from home to view the book online.

    College bookstore- Believe it or not, colleges often throw away books that they can't sell. (I know- insane). After 17 years working for a community college, I can't tell you how many books get tossed in the trash. (hundreds per semester). I'm not suggesting you dumpster dive, but you could also tactfully ask a worker (not manager) when they discard books. Ours is usually twice per year. Our bookstore places them in the hall, and generally, students just take them- so few end up in the actual "trash" but I have obtained my AP Lab manual, chemistry molecule snap together set, dozens of biology books, nursing books, math books, etc. I list this option last because the odds of you getting the exact book you need are slim- but, if you can find a book that is helpful, you might grab it just for future reference.

  10. by   P_RN
    I bought very few. Library had dozens in stock and we'd go to study groups in library back room and share 1 book for 3 or 4 students.
  11. by   Emergency RN

    They seem to have extensive medical and nursing texts there, but I never did quite figure out how to get at them.
  12. by   Mission
    My school library had many ebooks available that were free to download. Also, ask students who have taken the class before you if you really need the book.
  13. by   Baloney Amputation
    If you have a Half Price Books around, you may find good deals. I did.

    About my previous post regarding no free texts--I'm only referring to ones that are pirated, not from the library. The library is our friend in these matters.
  14. by   Nurse Blondie
    Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions! Really appreciated!