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May 5, 2008

Textbooks On The Cheap

Have you priced textbooks lately? It's been a while since I was in college, but it seems like the price of textbooks has gotten outrageous.

Before every semester, we are given a book list with campus bookstore prices. I generally compare prices among a variety of sites including eBay, Half.com, and various online textbook retailers, but usually find myself buying the books through Amazon.com. Amazon's low pricing combined with free shipping for any order over $25 makes the site hard to beat. Often the site lists third-party vendors whose pricing is even cheaper than its own, even when shipping is included.

When I was preparing to enter graduate school, I often picked up gently used (no highlighting and in almost new condition) textbooks. Now that I am in graduate school, I plan to keep my textbooks and have only been buying brand new books. The difference in price is astounding, especially when you consider I haven't added the sales tax (ours is over 9%) to the campus bookstore prices, or the time spent going to the bookstore.

Following is this semester's book list with the campus bookstore's price and the price I paid:

1) Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults And Children Fifth Edition by Kathryn L. McCance;
Amazon: $82.57
Campus bookseller: $93.00

2) Pharmacology in Rehabilitation (Contemporary Perspectives in Rehabilitation) by Charles D. Ciccone
Amazon: $51.88
Campus bookseller: $76.95

3) Muscle and Sensory Testing by Nancy Berryman Reese
Amazon: $66.95
Campus bookseller: $58.95

4) Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases by Hal Blumenfeld
Amazon: $64.80
Campus bookseller: $57.00

5) Neuroscience: Fundamentals for Rehabilitation by Laurie Lundy-Ekman
Amazon: $58.46
Campus bookseller: $64.95

6) Measurement of Joint Motion: A Guide to Goniometry 3rd Edition by Cynthia C. Norkin
Amazon: $32.64
Campus bookseller: $36.95

7) Muscles: Testing and Function, with Posture and Pain (Kendall, Muscles) by Florence Peterson Kendall
Amazon: $49.99
Campus bookseller: $58.95

8) Wound Management: Principles and Practice by Betsy Myers
Amazon: $31.24
Campus bookseller: $51.33

9) Stedman's Medical Dictionary Package (Including Stedman's Medical Dictionary Hardcover and in CD for PDA)
Amazon: $26.19
Campus bookseller: $49.99

alt. 9) Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary, Ed. 30
Amazon: $46.50
Campus bookseller: $95.00

alt. 9) Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary Ed. 19
Amazon: $30.51
Campus bookseller: $31.90

Some of the books I got through Amazon.com were just a few dollars cheaper at the campus bookstore. However, when we factored in tax, our time, and the cost of gas to go get the books, we decided to get them all at once.

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Posted by linda at May 5, 2008 8:56 AM

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