buying used books

  1. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on buying used books, so that I can save some money. Can I get away with buying 2003/2004 nursing diagnostics handbooks, and care plan books, or do you think I should buy up to date versions???


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  3. by   Jules A
    I could be wrong but as for the nursing diagnosis and care plans I'd be tempted to go ahead and try the older books. You should be able to get them for practically nothing online. As for textbooks used for lecture and exams there were quite a few people in my class that used one edition behind what we were using and they did fine. Much of the material is the same but I tend to get distracted if what I'm looking for isn't on a certain page number etc. so I stuck with used books of the current edition. Good luck. Jules
  4. by   pdunn
    i just graduated this past spring and passed my boards last month , thank god , as far as books go i suggest ebay , prices are lower than school
  5. by   GoBlue
    There are a lot of discount book sites. There is ebay and on the actual ebay site to the left is which is where I have gotten almost all of my books except 1st year just because I did not know about it. People I know go a few editions back, I try to get the current one and usually end up saving tons of money.

    Good Luck
  6. by   wileoutgirl
    if you go to you can enter the ISBN for all the books you need and they will bundle them for you and let you know which place is the cheapest to get them.
  7. by   gemini08
    Go to and you'll see all differnt sites that have the books you are looking for. Most times is listed as the cheapest site and you even get $5 off for being a new customer who spends at least $50 on one book. Also if you refer your friends or even just acquaintences when they purchase from you get $5 and they will get $5 (you get this for each person you refer to!!! Excellent choice to start w/ first then go from there. All the best!
  8. by   ptadvocate81
    [font="impact"]i highly recommend used books. i am in my final semester of nursing school (praise be to god) and have been buying used books for two semesters now- boy i wish i had done it sooner. as long as the older editions are the same author (if your school goes to a new edition) there is generally not a problem. if there are certain charts or boxes in the newer book that you need, get with a friend and make a $0.10 copy! i have saved a total of about $500 in two semesters on books! every penny counts! good luck!
  9. by   abbythetabby
    Pharmacology is the only text I wouldn't buy an older edition of. I've done fine with earlier editions or even a different publisher's edition of texts. When you're broke you've gotta make do, right?
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The actual ebay is where i've have good luck finding cheap books.