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Not sure what to do

August 6th, 2009 at 05:57 pm

I went to the student store today to look for my textbooks. I couldn't find most of my textbooks online and wanted to see the books in person so I would know what I was looking for.

Turns out a couple of my textbooks have access codes that come with the book. Now I'm not sure if I should buy the books at the university or online.

I don't know.

And I think I accidently bought the wrong edition of a book. I received the book yesterday. But today when I looked at the book in person, it has a different cover! Same author, same edition, same copyright year... so why the different cover?

Tomorrow I think I will go back and compare the book I bought to the one on the shelf. If most of the pages are the same, then I have nothing to worry about. The other math textbook I bought is exactly the same as the one in the store so no worries there.

Ugh. Why does this have to be so complicated?

I haven't decided yet what I am going to do about the access code issue. I'm still looking around. Maybe the publisher's website will have the code sold separately and I can buy the book and code individually.

One of the books that requires an access code I can buy as an e-book. It cost about $40 and if I do that, it is cheaper than buying the regular textbook and access code (or the package being sold at school). I am wondering if it would be a good idea to buy an e-book. As long as I get the right edition and everything I should be fine.

I don't know what to do!

4 Responses to “Not sure what to do”

  1. North Georgia Gal Says:

    I hate trying to buy books online because I can never tell if it is the right book! But you can save so much money!!! Get the isbn number of the book you need and compare. The publisher should have access codes seperately for the other books.

  2. cassandra Says:

    After a lot of searching today, I found the books online that I needed.

    BUT

    Now I can't tell if it would be cheaper to buy the bundle at the university, or buy the books online and the access codes through the university, or some combination of the two.

    It is all so confusing. So I gave up for today. I will strain my brain thinking of this tomorrow. Big Grin

  3. Jerry Says:

    I am seriously considering getting a Kindle so I will have insurance of getting my books digitally, and not having to lug them around (the books are insanely big sometimes). Some schools have already gone "all Kindle" and I think it will lead to others doing the same. I hope so!
    Jerry

  4. cassandra Says:

    I have a Kindle and it is wonderful. I had several books for my English class on the Kindle and it was so easy to use for that. But for textbooks I'm a little hesitant to get the e-books. I don't have the DX Kindle so the smaller screen is an issue.

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