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Promoted 08-26-2016 by qwikwit at 04:01 PM View Original Post
Amazon offers $15 off $100+ the Purchase of New Textbooks w/ promo code TEXT15. Shipping is free. Thanks Discombobulated

Note, this offer is for physical textbooks (shipped & sold by Amazon). Offer is valid through August 30, 2016.

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A little late
International editions are usually about 1/3 the price of US editions and have the exact same content.

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Great find too bad can be used on textbook rental
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#4
Nice deal but at this point there's nothing that can make physical textbooks a worthwhile investment when you can just rent an ebook for like $35 or less.
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A little late
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Also don't forget to always hit up Google search to find textbooks. I have found countless pdfs of my textbooks for the past few semesters.
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Quote from KHRS View Post :
Nice deal but at this point there's nothing that can make physical textbooks a worthwhile investment when you can just rent an ebook for like $35 or less.
imho, there is absolutely no substitute for a physical textbook you can keep opened while you're using your tablet / laptop to write up papers or do other research, be able to highlight, tab pages, etc., but I am 20 years out of college so maybe that's just the rantings of an ancient fool. Also, I have been looking into alternatives to the college bookstore to save some money on my son's books, and out of about a dozen titles only 1 was less expensive from Amazon, and found none of them cheaper at other sites (but maybe my kid's schools is an outlier, he's going to Rowan and they had a wealthy alumni endow them with a boatload of money recently so maybe the bookstore isn't run as a profit center like most other schools?)
Anyway, I do disagree about renting ebooks, and would caution shoppers to compare their school bookstore's prices before buying from amazon, you may find even with the paltry 15% discount it won't save you any money.
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imho, there is absolutely no substitute for a physical textbook you can keep opened while you're using your tablet / laptop to write up papers or do other research, be able to highlight, tab pages, etc., but I am 20 years out of college so maybe that's just the rantings of an ancient fool. Also, I have been looking into alternatives to the college bookstore to save some money on my son's books, and out of about a dozen titles only 1 was less expensive from Amazon, and found none of them cheaper at other sites (but maybe my kid's schools is an outlier, he's going to Rowan and they had a wealthy alumni endow them with a boatload of money recently so maybe the bookstore isn't run as a profit center like most other schools?)
Anyway, I do disagree about renting ebooks, and would caution shoppers to compare their school bookstore's prices before buying from amazon, you may find even with the paltry 15% discount it won't save you any money.
International editions are usually about 1/3 the price of US editions and have the exact same content.
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Quote from Edxzxz View Post :
imho, there is absolutely no substitute for a physical textbook you can keep opened while you're using your tablet / laptop to write up papers or do other research, be able to highlight, tab pages, etc., but I am 20 years out of college so maybe that's just the rantings of an ancient fool. Also, I have been looking into alternatives to the college bookstore to save some money on my son's books, and out of about a dozen titles only 1 was less expensive from Amazon, and found none of them cheaper at other sites (but maybe my kid's schools is an outlier, he's going to Rowan and they had a wealthy alumni endow them with a boatload of money recently so maybe the bookstore isn't run as a profit center like most other schools?)
Anyway, I do disagree about renting ebooks, and would caution shoppers to compare their school bookstore's prices before buying from amazon, you may find even with the paltry 15% discount it won't save you any money.
you're not alone! when it comes to reading in general digital is my preferred method of consumption, I predominantly use my 8" tablet for that; but when it comes to learning something, I prefer physical. its like I have a mental block or something, tbh I can't really make sense of it.
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Down w/ the cartel
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International editions are usually about 1/3 the price of US editions and have the exact same content.
My experience in college, long long ago, was that saving a few bucks buying the prior edition used was always a problem, since pages were off by a bit, sometimes layout was different so following along with the professor required scrambling to figure out what page in your book corresponded with whatever the prof was talking about when telling the class 'turn to page xyz'. I also doubt international editions are over 65% off. I would be fairly confident different edition = page numbers off and layout different. College is a massive investment in time, effort and money, and so imho struggling to follow along with the prof because you're using the wrong (at least different) books to save at most 200-300$ a semester is penny wise and pound foolish. Maybe for some it's not an issue using a different book than the rest of the class, I did it for a few classes and managed well enough, but, for my kid who is a freshman at a college whose book store apparently operates on a subsidy or at least not for (massive) profit based on the fact his books can not be had anywhere cheaper than the school bookstore, the price differential (assuming international edition or renting ebooks) isn't enough for me to justify subjecting him to any extra struggles. If you have any links for buying international editions, I would be interested in looking though just to see if I can see any differences and what prices are. I'm sure for some it wouldn't be a big issue if the page numbers were off, but I vividly remember a few classes where I was in over my head and the confusion over trying to find what the prof was talking about when jumping around 'turn to page xyz, and every few minutes doing that again and again and having to figure out where in my edition the crap he was talking about was got to be a real pain and very stressful. There are so many opportunities for daylight hours drinking and so many hot girls, why would anyone want their college aged son to be wasting those precious hours flipping around in a different edition than the rest of the class trying to figure out where to rest of the class is?
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Thanks OP for the post but for me this offer from Amazon is 3 weeks too late. You think they would know when kids buy books for the fall semester.
As a first time college book purchaser, I also found my schools (PSU) bookstore was very competitive with Amazons' prices. They even price match through the first week of classes.
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I used to buy textbooks full price at campus bookstores such rip offs . Buying a previous older edition or spending $30 to rent has been much easier. Some teachers now require access codes especially if you need online content or the class is online so that's unavoidable. Amazon has full refunds if you return rental books within 30 days which is nice
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My experience in college, long long ago, was that saving a few bucks buying the prior edition used was always a problem, since pages were off by a bit, sometimes layout was different so following along with the professor required scrambling to figure out what page in your book corresponded with whatever the prof was talking about when telling the class 'turn to page xyz'. I also doubt international editions are over 65% off. I would be fairly confident different edition = page numbers off and layout different. College is a massive investment in time, effort and money, and so imho struggling to follow along with the prof because you're using the wrong (at least different) books to save at most 200-300$ a semester is penny wise and pound foolish. Maybe for some it's not an issue using a different book than the rest of the class, I did it for a few classes and managed well enough, but, for my kid who is a freshman at a college whose book store apparently operates on a subsidy or at least not for (massive) profit based on the fact his books can not be had anywhere cheaper than the school bookstore, the price differential (assuming international edition or renting ebooks) isn't enough for me to justify subjecting him to any extra struggles. If you have any links for buying international editions, I would be interested in looking though just to see if I can see any differences and what prices are. I'm sure for some it wouldn't be a big issue if the page numbers were off, but I vividly remember a few classes where I was in over my head and the confusion over trying to find what the prof was talking about when jumping around 'turn to page xyz, and every few minutes doing that again and again and having to figure out where in my edition the crap he was talking about was got to be a real pain and very stressful. There are so many opportunities for daylight hours drinking and so many hot girls, why would anyone want their college aged son to be wasting those precious hours flipping around in a different edition than the rest of the class trying to figure out where to rest of the class is?
Prior editions may have slightly different content or have the page numbers off a little. The international edition of the same release has the exact same content for around 1/3 the price. The only real difference is usually that the US edition has a hard cover and the international is a paperback.

Here's the best example I can find. Multivariate statistics textbook - Amazon US edition [amazon.com] vs. eBay international edition [ebay.com]. I've used this book in a class and the international edition matched up 100% to the US edition. Total savings here was ~$160.

The high cost of college isn't just limited to tuition, textbooks will suck every last dime out of your bank account if you let them.
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My experience in college, long long ago, was that saving a few bucks buying the prior edition used was always a problem, since pages were off by a bit, sometimes layout was different so following along with the professor required scrambling to figure out what page in your book corresponded with whatever the prof was talking about when telling the class 'turn to page xyz'. I also doubt international editions are over 65% off. I would be fairly confident different edition = page numbers off and layout different. College is a massive investment in time, effort and money, and so imho struggling to follow along with the prof because you're using the wrong (at least different) books to save at most 200-300$ a semester is penny wise and pound foolish. Maybe for some it's not an issue using a different book than the rest of the class, I did it for a few classes and managed well enough, but, for my kid who is a freshman at a college whose book store apparently operates on a subsidy or at least not for (massive) profit based on the fact his books can not be had anywhere cheaper than the school bookstore, the price differential (assuming international edition or renting ebooks) isn't enough for me to justify subjecting him to any extra struggles. If you have any links for buying international editions, I would be interested in looking though just to see if I can see any differences and what prices are. I'm sure for some it wouldn't be a big issue if the page numbers were off, but I vividly remember a few classes where I was in over my head and the confusion over trying to find what the prof was talking about when jumping around 'turn to page xyz, and every few minutes doing that again and again and having to figure out where in my edition the crap he was talking about was got to be a real pain and very stressful. There are so many opportunities for daylight hours drinking and so many hot girls, why would anyone want their college aged son to be wasting those precious hours flipping around in a different edition than the rest of the class trying to figure out where to rest of the class is?
International edition is almost always the exact same as the US edition. Same page numbers and everything. It is not a year behind. The 2016 international edition = 2016 US edition.

Save money and buy the international edition
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