College Text Books

  • metalxracr

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    Jan 21, 2009 9:21 AM GMT
    Do you keep them or do you buy them back?

    My friends think I'm weird, but I really like books! I know it's financially beneficial to buy them back, as you need to buy more, but face it you hardly get anything back!!

    Anyways, if I can afford it or I just happen to really like the book I keep them! I sometimes have trouble parting with my text books! It's strange, but I love coming back to them months later or even years later and just browsing through them and learning stuff I have already forgotten, or see how much I still know!

    I even have a few text books I kept from high school, that I "accidently" forgot to return!

    I just realized I'm running out of space for my books! I need a big book shelf or something.
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    Jan 21, 2009 10:51 AM GMT
    I have a few from college. It's hard to read them though since I have no exams that are externally reinforcing me to read. =(
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    Jan 21, 2009 10:59 AM GMT
    The kleptomaniac side of me steals textbooks, even for subjects I no longer study...
    and then they it there collecting dust.
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    Jan 21, 2009 11:12 AM GMT
    <-----GEEK Not only do I keep them all, I take the free textbooks various professors put outside their office door--older editions they no longer use they give out free.icon_razz.gif
  • esputniko

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    Jan 21, 2009 11:12 AM GMT
    Fable saidThe kleptomaniac side of me steals textbooks, even for subjects I no longer study...
    and then they it there collecting dust.



    Tell us your technique! icon_twisted.gif
  • beaujangle

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    Jan 21, 2009 12:42 PM GMT
    I used to keep them for YEARS!

    But I've finally decided to throw them, because they collect dust & i hardly refer to them. Info get outdated pretty fast.
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    Jan 21, 2009 12:49 PM GMT
    I kept them all until I got skint.

    Textbooks keep their value (unless they are for fast moving subjects like law, or medicine), so I sold a load of history and English lit books for £120.
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    Jan 21, 2009 12:56 PM GMT
    Passed them down to younger siblings or lent them off to cousins, or friends. Most of the time, I never get them back. Most of the standardized textbooks here are shit anyway and it's highly unlikely I'll need them again. Products of the nepotism and favoritism in the Department of Education in the Philippines. I still have a few of my Biology textbooks lying around though. My computer course didn't need much books.
  • germanguy888

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    Jan 21, 2009 1:11 PM GMT
    I keep them but only for the classes i need for my major. I'm a german and spanish major so i keep all spanish and german lit composition and grammar books. i also keep the linguistics books. but biology? sold that back as soon as i could!
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    Jan 21, 2009 1:33 PM GMT
    I keep them and hoard them.

    Hell one of my cog psych textbooks, I have every edition that has been brought out!
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    Jan 21, 2009 1:58 PM GMT

    Books?????????? I heart themzzzz....zzzz....zzz...zz....z..........

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  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jan 21, 2009 3:01 PM GMT
    I kept them if a) I thought they'd be useful as reference later on (as in, the vast majority of my science textbooks), or b) if the amount I could have gotten from selling them back was too small to be worth it. I also admit that I routinely bought textbooks for classes I didn't take when the bookstore had its clearance sales. I'd think "Sure, I might never need this book on abnormal psychology, but it's only 60 cents..."
  • metalxracr

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    Jan 21, 2009 9:43 PM GMT
    I have bought cheap texts book as well too if I find them interesting!

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    Jan 21, 2009 9:50 PM GMT
    I don't know how they get away with it in the USA...

    I bought my biochemistry text book for £44, lehinger principles of biochemistry for anyone who knows it. That's less than $60....

    Where as here...it retails for $191 plus tax...That's over $200

    and it's the exact same....For everyone in the USA where things are generally cheaper than Europe, you're getting screwed on textbooks they are all 3 or 4 times the cost


  • boilerup_82

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    Jan 21, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    AMT87 saidI don't know how they get away with it in the USA...

    I bought my biochemistry text book for £44, lehinger principles of biochemistry for anyone who knows it. That's less than $60....

    Where as here...it retails for $191 plus tax...That's over $200

    and it's the exact same....For everyone in the USA where things are generally cheaper than Europe, you're getting screwed on textbooks they are all 3 or 4 times the cost





    textbook costs in the US are SUPER exaggerated. I remember, freshman year I had to buy a physics book, it cost me over $250!!! and I only had to use it for two quarters!!! To makes things worst, they shrink wrap them and they put a sticker that says "not returnable if unwrapped". WTF! It sucks, at one point, I was spending about $300 per quarter on books. It's insane.

    Another bad thing is that the publisher keeps making new editions every f***cking year and most professors require everyone to use the new book instead of older cheaper versions.

    All this is a business and the ones benefiting from this are the publishers and the universities. BOO!!!!!!
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    Jan 21, 2009 10:22 PM GMT
    Text books are super expensive here in Australia too, so wherever possible I make my courses so they don't need text books. I teach in Information Systems and I know it takes five years between writing a text book and students being able to buy one. A lot of water goes under the Information Systems bridge in five years.

    Of course, if I want a text book, I ask a publisher and they send it for free. icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 21, 2009 10:24 PM GMT
    I keep them... I really need them even after I finish my term for back reference. I wouldnt sell them anyway, since theyre all computer science books that worth more than $200 but no one is willing to pay more than $50 so FUCK YOU. This term I had to spend $1200 in books only icon_sad.gif
  • metalxracr

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    Jan 21, 2009 10:34 PM GMT
    makeumyne said
    Of course, if I want a text book, I ask a publisher and they send it for free. icon_eek.gif


    grr! I hate when professors brag about that! icon_evil.gif hahaha!
  • metalxracr

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    Jan 21, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    charlitos saidI keep them... I really need them even after I finish my term for back reference. I wouldnt sell them anyway, since theyre all computer science books that worth more than $200 but no one is willing to pay more than $50 so FUCK YOU. This term I had to spend $1200 in books only icon_sad.gif


    That is a LOT! Did you buy them from your bookstore at school or did you try to find cheaper prices elsewhere?
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    Jan 21, 2009 11:04 PM GMT
    Most of my text books are paperback novels. Unfortunately they're not worth reselling . . . rereading on the other hand is more often than not worth it.
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    Jan 21, 2009 11:15 PM GMT
    I've made my way all the way through grad school with selling a severe minimum of my textbooks back. And I'm proud to say that I still utilize them every now and again. And yes, I even have several books from high school. You're friends who think you're weird should open a book once in a while, or learn how to enjoy learning something new...