Apr 20, 2012
From Doghouse Diaries…
(via Tastefully Offensive)
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Category: z - Arts & Culture
My solution: Amazon.com
New books are still expensive, but usually cheaper than the school book store. Used books are definitely cheaper (just make sure they’re the current edition), and you can generally resell them for close to as much as you spent.
I’ve been using Amazon for my college books for 5 years now. I’ll never buy from a damn books store again.
Most of the time the ‘new’ edition is the same as the previous edition, just with some of the problems in a different order – especially with math texts. It’s not like calculus has changed all that much between the 1st and 8th editions of the text.
Sometimes the difference is in a few diagrams, or a resequencing of the chapters. The actual written text did not change that much.
and then they sell it the next semester for $167 because it is used, after all. So glad when I went to school, books maxed out at $80 brand new (rare but 2-4 times I paid that). I also really appreciated spending $50 on a brand new book THAT WE NEVER EVER REFERENCED and sold it back for $10 (because it was in brand new condition).
In the Wisconsin system they have a textbook library where you check them out, just like what worked in High School. Then, when the books get too old to use, they sell them for $5-10. You still have to buy some books, but it cuts the cost significantly.
apparently, the quality assurance piece has totally missed the social work policy books, which remain so biased that even the left-leaners get uncomfortable with the liberal slant. just sayin’. and…….. i’m not bitter. :)
I am so glad… with my online college materials are included in tuition and provided as needed or freely accessible in the online library.
Makes me glad that all my books at ITT Tech were included in tuition costs.
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