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Cheap RN Textbooks! Where?!


hi everyone! i saw an old hread on this topic so i wanted to ask for current info

anyone know where to find cheaper/used textbooks for the RN program? prices are incredibly expensive and i'm trying to be frugal with the little money i do have.

or tips/suggestions regarding course material? could i get ebooks online? is anyone selling theirs? lol

i'm currently enrolled in humber college's 4 year program starting september 2014 :0) thanks!!!

NotReady4PrimeTime, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PCVICU and peds oncology. Has 25 years experience.

The university bookstore may have some used textbooks closer to the beginning of classes. If they're available as ebooks you might get a bit of a discount on them. But you may not arrange to buy your used textbooks from another member of allnurses.com via this thread. That would be a violation of allnurses' Terms of Service. Remember those?

my bad. forgive my chutzpah. was a bit of a tongue in cheek remark :0)

duly noted!

do u know how often textbooks are updated? i'd assume it depends. my friend is willing to lend me hers, but theyre several years old... :0/ does that render them obsolete?

@ InnovativeNurse

thanks for the tips!

did u find that book editions changed frequently? i have a friend willing to loan me the textbooks she's kept over her 4 years, but they are...9 years old, would that render them obsolete?

Personally, if its a textbook with Canadian specific content i would get the latest edition - like Potter and Perry. Otherwise the textbooks are the same with some additions/differences. The bigger the book, the less the differences.

Always get the latest Drug Guides though, you can't skimp in that.

@ InnovativeNurse

thanks so much! i have orientation in a month, so i plan to ask a million questions.

any tips on what to ask/ be prepared for?

At Humber, they allow you to rent textbooks for a fraction of the cost of the book. I used this option frequently when it came to books I knew I would not need in the future.

On their bookstore websites, they also have ebooks available.

My friends have been successful finding cheaper books through kijiji or craigslist. Or knowing a person in an upper year of the program who was willing to sell their copy.

But I highly suggest buying the most recent editions for Potter and Perry and for Med-surg. There is a discounted bookstore near by Humber as well (sorry, I do not have the address). It is north on highway 27 after Humber college

yes i actually came across it yesterday! i'm not sure i can o]post the info on this thread tho..

the potter and perry books i've heard that i would need the latest edition, why is that? is it a significant difference?