1st semester book costs

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puravidaLV

puravidaLV

396 Posts

THAT is dedication! I bought a couple of older editions myself. $75 vs. $8? It was hard to resist!

I'd rather carry a laptop than a 10lb book with me.

I just bought very used editions and previous editions. Over all just spent 144.00 for most of my classes and now I have to cough up another 150 for access codes. I'm going to get the books well before the start of the sememster and verify them against what is in the library. I have friends that will loan me their copies they bought and I'll scan the parts I need. '

$300.00 total compared to $750.00. I only wish I could have saved that much on my school scrubs.

CrazierThanYou

1,917 Posts

I'd rather carry a laptop than a 10lb book with me.

I just bought very used editions and previous editions. Over all just spent 144.00 for most of my classes and now I have to cough up another 150 for access codes. I'm going to get the books well before the start of the sememster and verify them against what is in the library. I have friends that will loan me their copies they bought and I'll scan the parts I need. '

$300.00 total compared to $750.00. I only wish I could have saved that much on my school scrubs.

I'm saving a little on my scrubs by getting them from Ebay instead of the bookstore. Its not much but they are better quality!

NurseNotRatched, ADN, BSN, CNA

Specializes in Substance Abuse, Mental Health. Has 6 years experience. 93 Posts

i'd rather carry a laptop than a 10lb book with me.

i just bought very used editions and previous editions. over all just spent 144.00 for most of my classes and now i have to cough up another 150 for access codes. i'm going to get the books well before the start of the sememster and verify them against what is in the library. i have friends that will loan me their copies they bought and i'll scan the parts i need. '

$300.00 total compared to $750.00. i only wish i could have saved that much on my school scrubs.

my school bookstore is full of crap. they have prepackaged the nursing books (13 books) into a big box. i'm unable to see what the actual books/isbns are until i purchase the box, which is $571.00. we also have to get fundamentals of nursing (text and study guide) and while i'd love to get it cheaper at amazon.com or something, i don't want to have to end up paying for access codes separately. sucks.:mad:

CrazierThanYou

1,917 Posts

my school bookstore is full of crap. they have prepackaged the nursing books (13 books) into a big box. i'm unable to see what the actual books/isbns are until i purchase the box, which is $571.00. we also have to get fundamentals of nursing (text and study guide) and while i'd love to get it cheaper at amazon.com or something, i don't want to have to end up paying for access codes separately. sucks.:mad:

i found the fundamentals book for $50 as opposed to $120 at the bookstore. also, i got the study guide for $6 instead of the bookstore's $40.

that is actually pretty low that they package the books like that. my books would have run from $700 to $800 and i've spent a little over $200.

puravidaLV

puravidaLV

396 Posts

my school bookstore is full of crap. they have prepackaged the nursing books (13 books) into a big box. i'm unable to see what the actual books/isbns are until i purchase the box, which is $571.00. we also have to get fundamentals of nursing (text and study guide) and while i'd love to get it cheaper at amazon.com or something, i don't want to have to end up paying for access codes separately. sucks.:mad:

umm first off colleges (private might be different) can't do this. its against the higher education opportunity act of 2009. if the bookstore needs to be reminded of this call up the dean and state that the book store is violating this by boxing the books together.

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ315.110

if you bundle it, you better damn well provide an unbundled version, hence why i am forced to by access codes separately.

federal textbook disclosure rules now law | disruptive library technology jester

throw in the face your going to put the students together for a class action law suit and throw it to the aclu:twocents:

ms_miyagi

ms_miyagi

57 Posts

Thus far I've spent around $375 for 8 of 11 textbooks thru alibris.com, out of the 8 books, only 2 of them were used. The remaining books I am bidding on e-bay and right now, if the auction were to close tonight would cost me exactly $20 plus $5 for shipping. Considering that my school sells the bundle for $642, I don't think I've done that bad.

SingDanceRunLife

SingDanceRunLife

952 Posts

It'll be about $600 for my nursing books, and then another $100 or so or my psych and philosophy books.

It sounds bad, but since my nursing books are ALL of the nursing books I need for 3 out of the 4 semesters at my NS, it's really not that bad.

Rags2Riches RN

Rags2Riches RN

Specializes in Psychiatric, Med-Surg, Operating Room. Has 5 years experience. 77 Posts

My school too requires that we buy an ebook package from Elsevier which costs about $1100. And to my knowledge there is no way of finding out what books are apart of this required package until you purchase.

jennafezz

jennafezz

Specializes in Telemetry. 399 Posts

My school too requires that we buy an ebook package from Elsevier which costs about $1100. And to my knowledge there is no way of finding out what books are apart of this required package until you purchase.

That is now illegal, as of July 2010. Schools are required to provide you with the ISBNs of any books that come in a "bundle". Regardless of the law, I think it's pretty unethical for a school to hide something like that, and I blame it on pressure from the publishers.

sandyfeet

sandyfeet

Specializes in Emergency Nursing. Has 5 years experience. 413 Posts

I feel a little nauseous right now from all of the money I spent on books...approx $750 without ANY of the "recommended" books, just the required ones! Amazon was a better deal than by bookstore, though.

Can't wait until that credit card bill comes in the mail.:uhoh3:

CaptScrubs13

CaptScrubs13

184 Posts

Last fall, my books came to over $750. I had to buy drug guides, lab books, nsg diagnosis books, drug calc books, plus multiple text books :(

This semester, I paid $140! I was lucky though, because our Maternity and Pedi classes use the same book, and my other Geriatrics class doesn't use a book. I also rented all of them, and the most I paid for 1 was $54 :)

I decided to not rent my med-surg book last year, and keep it for reference. All my others I think I will rent though

lfmedic1

lfmedic1

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I haven't purchased mine yet but my quick math by the cost listed at amazon was a little less than 600 dollars....I couldn't believe it!:banghead: