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So I'm researching everywhere trying to see if I can find international editions or maybe used textbooks that will be cheaper for me than buying the bundle from the bookstore. The bundle from school which includes 5 textbooks is $360 (includes Fundamentals of Nursing, Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Pharmacology, Medical Surgical Nursing and Maternal Child Nursing Care)

Is it just me or can no one else find cheaper textbooks anywhere? Am I missing something? I can't believe the bookstore bundle is actually CHEAPER than buying other places online. Plus, I can't seem to find international editions of any of these books anywhere.

Where do you guys find textbooks to buy? Or would you recommend renting?

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If you think that is bad, when I went to college the first time, decades ago, I paid less than $15 apiece for texts. I had kept two of those books, with their campus bookstore price tags still attached, $9 and $12. These books were hard cover and printed on quality stock paper. This is what I think about whenever I look at the prices of texts now. My opinion is that the education industry is raping their golden cow, captive student audience in more ways than one.

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RunBabyRN has 2 years experience and specializes in L&D, infusion, urology.

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I like half.com, or even Amazon.

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mmc51264 has 8 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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I had to buy a "package" for my program and it was horrid. I am doing a RN-BSN online and I am renting every book (except the APA manual). I have not spent more that 30 dollars book.

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Esme12 has 40 years experience as a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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That is not a bad price for all 5..you can rent them on amazon

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That is not a bad price for all 5..you can rent them on amazon

That's what I thought too. But I just found it so hard to believe that the school actually had the lowest price. Especially when I searched Amazon, AbeBooks, Valore, Ebay etc...

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Nienna Celebrindal has 12 years experience.

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I actually think that is a great price! I paid more to rent books than that one semester.

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mrsboots87 has 5 years experience and specializes in Neuro, Telemetry.

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Side note: $360 for all your school books.... WOWZA was your program nice to you lol. The package at my school was double the amount of books and was roughly $960. And that didnt include 3 books they will require for block 3 next semester that will set me back another $300. But, I used amazon and got all the books for about $700 so I saved money that way. DOes your school mabe use books that have been edited specifically for your program. There is one college near me that has most of the books they sell made specially for that school and they are all cheaper than if you had to by the equivalent for another school. The difference is the chapter are arranged specifically to the order they are taught in class. Which is convenient. Maybe, your program does something similar? It might explain why there are no international editions available.

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AnnieOaklyRN is a BSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in ED, Pedi Vasc access, Paramedic serving 6 towns.

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Try amazon.com, they books are MUCH cheeper than the books stores!

HPRN

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I'm with everyone else- that actually sounds like a GREAT price!! In my program, we often buy our texts from upperclassmen for a fraction of the cost, is that an option?? The nice thing about that is some of them will put little sticky notes inside with study tips :) Maybe try amazon student??

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queserasera has 5 years experience as a RN.

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I was able to find some e-copies of my text on torrent sites. Yes, it's illegal.

But you know what else should be illegal. Making students pay $1165 for textbooks for a 2 year program.

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