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Our school' date=' PGCC, finally got wise and started to match Amazon and any other retailer and then give 10% off that price. They were hardly selling any books because of the online retailers being much cheaper. I have eBooks. I purchased those directly from the publishers website. After adding the sale discount, I came out cheaper than Amazon. My school doesn't offer eBooks at this time. I checked the publisher websites daily to catch the sales. There were a couple of books that I had to purchase to carry to clinical. I didn't get the eBook version of those because some of the facilities we do clinicals at don't allow you to carry a phone or a tablet. Since you don't really know what facility you're going to from one semester to the next, I opted for the physical books. I supported my school bookstore on those books thanks to that price matching and the extra 10% off. We only have to buy one book for the next semester. The bookstore and Amazon have it for about $108. The eBook on the publisher's website is $71. I just love my eBooks :-)[/quote']

Awesome! I will have to check the publishers websites too next time. I prefer ebook myself and have been thinking about buying mosby's in the electronic version as we'll so I have it at all times. Thank you everyone!

pmabraham, BSN, RN

2 Articles; 2,562 Posts

Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care.

Good day:

Amazon.com, Abebooks.com, the school book store.

Thank you.

Amazon Prime. They have a college student edition and it includes free shipping. I saved around $500 on all of my nursing books for the entire program.

Specializes in Emergency.

Amazon...only amazon...by far the best


164 Posts

I happen to live in the headquarters city for bookbyte.com, so they have an awesome option to pick up at their office and avoid shipping costs, entirely. I use them whenever I can and use Amazon and craigslist for everything else.

Specializes in ICU.

I buy all my books from Amazon. I work at my college bookstore and even with a discount I still wouldn't buy books from there.


35 Posts

I haven't started my nursing program yet but for my bio major I would buy my books through half.com and sell them after every semester if they were no longer needed. I would usually end up breaking even ( unless a new edition came out dropping the book value). They tend to be cheaper than Amazon even with shipping. The only downside to half.com is the shipping time... the books are generally sent via the cheapest method so expect the books around 1-2 weeks.


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KelRN215, BSN, RN

1 Article; 7,349 Posts

Specializes in Pedi.

Half.com .... Seriously I bought some books for like $1.


475 Posts

bigwords.com It compares over 20 online places that takes into account available promotions and shipping to give you the best deal. You can choose if you want to buy new, used, or rent and it will compare everywhere including amazon, half.com, abebooks, valore, etc. Some books are cheaper at amazon, some at half.com, some at abebooks, etc.

Specializes in Tele.

I google the ISBN and am not afraid to go an edition back. While everyone spent 150+ on their nursing books, I paid 17 bucks and the only change is a table or two and the pages numbers. I can't recommend renting nursing books because they'll come in handy to study for the NCLEX. I hold onto all of mine.

Specializes in HH, Peds, Rehab, Clinical.

I had a friend who was a year ahead of me and I bought any book she was willing to part with---which was almost all of them! I did buy current drug books though. Even if a professor went to a newer edition, it was pretty rare that it didn't work out!

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