Text Books For School

@AishaBR (345)
United States
August 14, 2011 2:49pm CST
OMG! Text books are expensive! This is my first year of college, and I bought my books for class and it came out to almost $300. I didn't know they were so expensive. I guess they are worth it for my education but I really think they are over priced especially the used ones!
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@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
14 Aug 11
Get an Iphone, Droid,iPad,iTouch Or even a Kindle. Then go to amazon to buy the books and get some of them in the Ebook format that way you are saving a lot more money as you won't actually be carrying a book with you. You can have most of your books on a Kindle or on your smartphone if the Kindle App is aviable for it which I know it is one the IOS and Android App Store which are the two most popular Mobile OSes so if you own an iPad or iTouch just download the Kindle app and then you can purchase your books from Amazon and save a ton of money.
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@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
16 Aug 11
E-books are great and many books are available for free as well. But I would much prefer holding a book in my hand than have an iPad and use it for reading. But they are much cheaper, no doubt about that.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
16 Aug 11
Books are very expensive. Not just text books but all kinds of books are expensive. That is why I buy second hand books. Used books are pretty cheap where I live. It is usually about 1/3rd the price of the new book. So that is quite affordable. You can try getting hold of some books from seniors who can lend them or you can buy from them at a cheap price.
• United States
19 Aug 11
No, not all kinds of books are expensive. I can get new paperbacks pretty cheap at Barnes and Noble. Textbooks run anywhere from $60 (which is a CHEAP textbook) to $300 like she said. I wouldn't put regular old books in the same category as textbooks.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
20 Aug 11
Hi, rain, I hardly find any cheap books in my city. Books are expensive here. It is only affordable to me, when the stores give heavy discounts. At other times, I have to rely on old books. My parents bought me new textbooks when I was in school, but then it has become much harder to pay for the new ones. Old is all I have.
• United States
19 Aug 11
Yes, I agree. They are way over-priced. In the defense of Textbooks (which I'm only half-heartedly playing devil's advocate here) there are MANY more people who work together to make a textbook as opposed to a non-fiction book or a novel. The books sometimes have to contain colored pictures which may include needing to pay royalties to artists or photographers, and the inclusion of colored pictures may require the thick glossy pages which are more expensive. But they're still over-priced, I agree. And they're taking advantage of an audience that often can't avoid paying for them some of the time. That and they come out with new editions all the time so you're often forced to buy the book new instead of getting an older edition for cheaper. And I only have some notes that everyone already said to help save money on textbooks... buy them used and ask if you can get an older edition.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
20 Aug 11
It is sometimes hard to buy old text books, because theories and syllabuses change over time. You have no other option but to buy the new ones.