Purchasing Textbooks? Best ways/cheapest?

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So we all know the horrors of buying textbooks, just wondering where do you get yours?

Last term I got mine online at Barnes and Noble because Hubby and I don't have credit cards so I got a BN giftcard at the store and then used it online to get the books (they were cheaper than in the store).

This term I have no money for a bn card so what I'm finding myself having to do is buy piece mail. I ordered one book last week because I had just enough money for one. :crying2: I have one more paycheck before school starts again so I will have to order one more then and then the rest will have to wait or I will have to get from the library. I'm startin a new job and I don't know my paydates there. It is a lower paying job too so that will be even harder. :angryfire

Hubby is getting ready to start an apprenticeship so hopefully he will get that in time for me to buy a few more. Why oh why do books have to be so expensive!

Thanks for letting me vent! Where do you get your books?!

PS - some other places I've used over the years are:





78 Posts

I use www.textbookx.com for all my textbooks. You can search by title or ISBN number and choose whether you want to look for new or used books. It gives you a comparison of what each book you search for would cost inclusing shipping at many different stores. It also gives you coupon codes to use at many of the stores.



290 Posts

Specializes in Pediatrics.
http://www.bigwords.com does a pretty good job as well.
Specializes in Educator.

I am going through Continental - I have a frequent flier account - you can go through their one pass partner offers and connect to B&N--thus not only saving with B&N (with whom I also have a "membership") but also get frequent flier miles. Perhaps not the absolute cheapest but they're easy to work with and returns/exchanges are a breeze.

I start my program in TWO weeks- whoopee


9 Posts

Have you tried Walmart??

They also sell textbooks, but only online. Last semester I comparison shopped and Walmart had the best price, and the shipping was not as expensive too.

Here's a link to their textbook webpage: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=58294&path=0%3A3920%3A58294

link to nursing section: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=18582&path=0%3A3920%3A58294%3A102606%3A18582


1,483 Posts

Specializes in Emergency Dept, M/S.

I got a list of what I will need in September, the required AND the optional, and have already bought 2 on eBay for about 1/2 of what the used ones are at my school bookstore.

Plus, I am NOT buying the optional ones, or at least not all of them. One of the optional ones is an APA handbook. I already have an APA handbook, although not the one they are recommending. I know there are places that APA format can be d/l'd from the net, so I think that is a waste.

I keep wondering if we TRULY need the editions stated, but I am going by the ones they have listed, just in case. Especially for the drug books.

suzy253, RN

3,815 Posts

Specializes in Telemetry/Med Surg.

yea....you have to shop around a bit to find the best prices. Actually I got most of mine thru Amazon.com. & some I had to get directly from the publisher.


1,907 Posts

Specializes in OB, lactation.

I use a book price comparison site too:


It tells you who has the lowest price WITH shipping already included so you don't have to spend a bunch of time figuring that out. It also says if it's used or new.

I also got the advice here to try Walmart.com and I have found that they are usually the cheapest on new books.


1,907 Posts

Specializes in OB, lactation.

Oh, and I forgot to say:

Sometimes you can find your textbooks in your school library and get away with using it from there.

As a real last ditch effort you could see if your instructor has one they'd loan, sometimes they have some sent from the publishers.


739 Posts

Specializes in OBGYN, Neonatal.

Thanks for all the great ideas!!!!

Yes I've used walmart.com before and that was a really good site to use! Also they take online checks so if you are like me and do not have a credit card, this is agood option.

Specializes in Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Call Center RN.

I think amazon.com takes online checks. They have a whole selection of people selling textbooks, new and used. I got my compI book for 20.00 less than my bookstore was selling it, and it was an instructors copy as well. I also have sold a couple of books there too. It is not from amazon they just kind of organize it. You pay amazon, who transfers the money to the seller.

Specializes in ICU.

l like http://www.half.com to buy textbooks. Its run by e-bay, but sellers maintain fixed prices for books so there is no bidding involved. I've sold and purchased on it, and I've had nothing but good experiences!

Hope this helps,

Michelle in CA

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