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									CSAB Textbook Survey Fall 2010

Please select your university from the menu below.

                                                           Response       Response
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                                                            Percent        Count
Texas A&M University                                         40.1%          2648
Texas A&M University - Galveston                              1.8%           121
Prairie View A&M University                                   0.5%            31
Tarleton State University                                     6.0%           395
Texas A&M International University                            2.7%           181
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi                        18.6%          1228
Texas A&M University - Kingsville                             1.5%            98
West Texas A&M University                                     9.8%           648
Texas A&M University - Commerce                              11.4%           750
Texas A&M University - Texarkana                              0.1%             8
Health Science Center                                         1.9%           129
Texas A&M University - Central Texas                          2.1%           138
Texas A&M University - San Antonio                            3.5%           232
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CSAB Textbook Survey Fall 2010

Please select your classification.

                                           Response       Response
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                                            Percent        Count
Undergraduate Student                        84.7%          5597
Graduate Student                             15.3%          1010
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CSAB Textbook Survey Fall 2010

I have had to purchase a textbook for a course that was never used.

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Strongly Agree                                       50.7%              3346
Agree                                                31.6%              2089
Neutral                                               6.3%               413
Disagree                                              8.4%               553
Strongly Disagree                                     3.0%               200
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                                                Students within the Texas A&M University System are constantly barraged w
                                                Faculty reserve the right to assign the textbooks that they consider necessar
                                                In most cases I bought the book then got to class and the teacher said that th
                                                This really pissed me offIt was a waste of my money because I couldn't sell i
                                                it was for engineering 111
                                                I have had to purchase additional text books that were "recommended" durin
                                                I haven't as a graduate student, but as an undergrad at TAMUG , I have had
                                                Happened numerous times.
                                                The teacher's always said that the book was needed for assignments or that
                                                Selling it back didn't give me much money at all.
                                                Often
                                                Global Econ With Dr.Mileski, freaking waste of 170.00 bucks that could have
                                                i really like the new option to rent textbooks for a much discounted price.
                                                It is very upsetting when we have to buy these expensive school books, and
                                                Why should I have to pay money for a book that was changed from an old ed
                                                Strengths Quest for my freshman seminar class was never used and it cost m
                                                The prof would tell you that you needed it then they would just lecture and yo
                                                It was only one or two classes but I learned to wait till the first day off class to
                                                Mart courses are especially bad at this. Namely the books that are bound at
                                                Soo expensive for a book I NEVER use! Or use just a few times... Ridiculous
                                                My Geology course's exams can be passed with high marks (A) by using onl
                                                Simply referring to one chapter of a textbook does not justify the $200 expen
                                                all my classes require us to use the textbook
                                                my husband has..I haven't yet
                                                I have started to wait until the first week of classes to buy books because I ha
                                                Some of my classes often provide a list of books that is recommended we bu
                                                Textbooks are extremely expensive to buy if they are not going to be used. I
                                                And to top it off the books are way too expensive and buy backs suck.
                                                I find out before I bought my books which ones I would not be needing.
                                                Books at the on campus bookstore are very expensive and way over my cos
                                                What's the point in spending hundreds of dollars if it's never even used. It's a
Numerous professors will wait until the first week of class to inform students
Depends on the subject and if I felt like reading it.Books in the Past: Crimina
I had to spend 100 dollars on a book for math and then we did not need it at
I wait a couple of days into the class to see if we are going to use them, then
Overpriced underused unsellable books. Not cool.
After It has been said it was manatorey. And also had some that was only us
It's has actually happened on multiple occasions that I have had to purchase
Some instructors put a textbook on the book list because they have to, but w
Some professors require a text and then we never use it and somehow it alw
Courses are often listed with "required" materials that are then later discover
I bought the textbook($48) that was REQUIRED for the College Algebra clas
This has happened to me two times. The first time, the bookstore had the wr
There are instructors who do not use books and it would be nice to not spend
for some classes books are only used one time if at all.
Management books are very costly, and it pains if we don't get to use them a
I've had to do this with my sociology and computer literacy course too often.
I have had multiple graduate classes where the text book was never used an
Teachers are required to submit a text to be used for their classes, which is r
All three of my classes that I took this semester, I ended up having to purcha
This happened in my undergraduate years. As of right now I will not be using
It depends on a reasonable price that I can accept!
With the textbook companies changing the edition just about every year it ma
Textbooks are expensive, the most costly investment for college students. S
For some courses I had to buy a new one since the software works just one t
Many of my classes "required" books that are never even opened. Or used a
My professors have chosen extremely beneficial textbooks so far.
Some textbooks are outrageous, $127.00 for a used paperback!
I paid $110 for a political science book that out proffessor have never told us
In one case, the professor didn't realize that the book wasn't required until a
If textbooks are going to be required then they should have to teach out of it
Often undergraduate classes will assign books that serve no real purpose in
Two of my books that I was told I had to purchase were available in the book
I purchased text books for my English course and when class began she sta
Though many of my classes use the textbooks required, several I've taken o
I shop around on ebay, half.com, and at Half Price Books. I also will buy a s
Several times I have purchased textbooks that I never even opened because
if we not going to use the text books at all in class or out side of class i do no
There has been many times that I have purchased a book and the teacher di
Some of the lower level courses can be passed with intuition and reading/wr
I have purchase a book for a course and never used it. Plus before the class
I also dont think we should have to pay tax on textbooks!!
Has happened at least twice in my 5 years at school here
I have had multiple experience where a professor listed a required textbook
i would rather buy my texts books at school but they are so much money tha
I have had this happen many times.
Many of the classes state that they require a book but never use it or if they d
Although rare, sometimes books that are in their newest edition cannot be pu
I have purchased textbooks for a courses that were never used. I understand
I've purchase books that were used approximately two times in the semester
I have had classes that say suggested or optional books listed but have neve
There are some courses that the textbook is not really needed in but is requi
There are textbooks that I have bought and never even opened. If a teacher
If I have to buy it, then I better use it.
However, workbook said required andhaven't opened it yet. Was only $5 us
This upset me alot because the books at the bookstore are expensive. The b
Most of the time it is a new book that you have to purchase and it is not even
Most classes we never opened the book and in some we only opened them m
I think this is extremely ridiculous because we have to pay $100-$120 for a te
I spent around 100 dollars on a book that I used maybe once or twice. It's co
This has happened twice in over 60 hours of classes.
had to purchase it "new" too.
Hardly ever use english textbook.
This mainly occurred in IDS and Education classes.
This typically applies to basic courses, speech, health, etc.
I've had to buy books that were not returnable and then they were not used s
Both as an undergraduate and a graduate, I've had at least one class a seme
Outside of the bookstore
Even thought the syllabus states it is required, there have been three classes
I think that the teachers and the bookstore should talk together about the boo
I do not think that we should have to spend money on books we will never us
Books cost way too much and most classes you do not even need them. I w
I have had at least one a semester that I did not even open for the class.
Many of the books I have purchased were only used once and quite often ne
My math teacher had us get the college algebra book but we only use it on q
i purchased the text book thinking it was going to be useful, and the instructo
Or we only used one little bitty part of it. Not worth the 100+ bucks for it.
The professors go off of there own lectures to give the test...therefore the tex
I bought 2 books which I was told to buy, I have yet cracked them open one b
While the cost of textbooks is quite frankly, ridiculous, perhaps what is even
none
For 4 consecutive semesters, this has happened at least once
Teachers are urged to use textbooks for their curriculum. However, it has be
One of the books I had purchased was only used once to reference on an as
There have been several times that I have purchased books that I did not us
My MIS textbook will be used 2 times this semester and cost me $159.75
I bought the books that were listed on the website on Tamu-commerce.edu,
I have only been in school for two semesters and have had to buy three book
I bought a book and the online lab cd for a class of mine and spent about $13
And the text book was so expensive as they all are.
Please lower costs...if you don't i may have to drop out!
My books for grad courses are generally used but for my UG courses they w
in majority of the cases, text books are hardly used. most information is retrie
very expensive and nonrefundable!
Extra texts required by teachers that are only used once should NOT be requ
I switched to renting textbooks. its cheaper
The professor required 2 books for the course and we only read 1 chapter du
some textbooks that I could have done without b/c the professor provided po
Over the past six years I have WASTED too much money on textbooks. I too
Either the teacher completely goes off their own notes or they choose to use
The professors REQUESTED the books but their lectures were not created f
I do not buy textbooks from the on campus book store because they are too
Upon receiving the list of required textbooks for a fall semester, I immediatel
I had to buy a book that was shrink wrapped. The bookstore told us that if the
The prices for books are ridiculous. especially when the professor only uses
I have also had to purchase supplemetal "disks" for education labs from pea
While I have had to purchase books that were not directly used in the classro
I feel it is a conflict of intrest when professors are writing books for the cours
I ususally avoid paying for them---I borrow them from my friends, or find them
Teacher makes books recommended, and then we don't use them at all.
They are too expensive for students that have other things to worry about!!
It is frustrating when the teacher tells you that the textbook is required, but w
this unfortunately happens often
It is really frustrating to have to buy a book that is said to be required and the
It was for my communication class and I never opened the thing. When I tired
I have had to buy several textbooks that were never used. Once in the middl
none
This year is yet to be seen. I still have a biology class to start in the next cou
all of my books were used.
The books may have been discussed, but were never truly relevant. I've also
My computer science courses have required books that we either did not use
The cost of these textbooks is absolutely ridiculous.
Several classes have required textbooks to be purchased and then the teach
Twice, I had to buy the SAME book for different classes. The book cost $140
In the past I have had to purchase textbooks never, or barely used in class.
Purchased a textbook for a Modern Grammer class, and we only read 2 page
it wouldnt be so bad it we could eithre just loan the books, and then return th
Or I've had to buy it for one or two chapters and that was all we used and it w
You can't return them as new for full price if the shrink wrap is broken or afte
I know textbooks arent cheap, but having to buy textbooks for class is outrag
MIS 128 has two books, which strongly overlap on information. Might want to
i think the teachers should state of we will need the book or will not be using
Cost of books is ridiculous. And it only makes it worse when your professxor
I will make absolutely sure if we are going to use a book or not. I will not purc
Usually at least 1 course is taught without ever consulting one of the textboo
It was a waste of $100
I paid close to $200 for a book that was never used in a Management class a
On several occasions I have bought $150.00+ textbooks that were used only
I've had several classes in which the textbook was not necessary to be succ
Although some teachers are nice enough to tell us what to get and what not t
I use the Texas A&M Barnes & Noble webpage to see all the books that I nee
While we did use the textbook, it was very limited.
the textbooks dont hold all the information required
In my opinion the texts books are very expensive, and when it comes to selli
I now wait until after the first week of class before ordering or purchasing a te
Textbook companies must be really greedy! Someone is really getting rich!
The textbook is too expensive
There have been many classes where teachers ask for multiple books at the
The syllabus listed books that would be used for the course, the book store l
Access code for an accounting book that is now going to be needed.
I have had a few in the past that I didn't need that much, it was a waste of mo
I believe that most text books are overpriced and underused. The university
Have had to buy textbooks that were maybe used less than daily, but never h
It has only happened once or twice.
Purchased a textbook for about $110 that I never really needed. All test info
Professors shouldn't put books on the required list if they are not required. I a
This happens almost every semester.
teachers sometimes say that but i still find them helpful.
I think if we are going to have to purchase textbooks that the teachers say th
Many 1000 level core classes "require" texts that are never used by the stud
In some cases multiple text books were required for the course and I did not
Yes! A few of my instructors requested that we purchase the new text book r
Last semester I bought a book that still in the wrap because the instructor tha
I am an online student at the mercy of the bookstore personnel. Although I as
I have spent hundreds of dollars in the past to buy books that I NEVER used
Some teachers have the textbook listed as 'required material' and never use
There have been times when I have had to get a loan just to pay for books. I
This only happened in one course, English.
Book was required and the teacher said we'd use it, but was maybe used thr
I have had professors make me buy textbooks that I didn't even open, yet it w
Over half of my classes are taught primarily from lecture and through display
This has only happened two times.
I am secondary education with a history concentration. With my education cl
RDG 350 "Beyond Leveled Books" at $21.70 & "Reading, Writing, and Learn
For an online computer class
i wish that when we sold the books back that we would get more money back
My first semester cost almost $800 in textbooks alone; now I wait until after t
I feel I have been taken advantage of.
none
Textbook prices are extremely high for college students to purchase! Every t
I asked the professor what specific books we were going to use. I went and
Since I end up having the same teachers, i always ask which books are need
This is my first semester and I am only taking two classes per semester.
Some classes we use the textbook for a few diagrams and then thats it we do
Text book costs have increased alot since my professors themselves have g
There were also books that we used only a couple of times.
Unfortunately, one book that I bought was new and was as expensive as my
I had to get a text book for a class ,but the instructor only made use do a cou
This happens much more frequently than it should.
books are over priced and called "required text" when most of the time we d
This has happened in more than 3 CORE courses... And a few upper level
I've also had to purchase books for courses that were used only for one chap
half of the books I have bought since I started this institution have never bee
They now have made books to where all you buy is the paper. You have to b
What a waste of money I could have used elsewhere. The instructor needs t
I always buy an outdated edition rather than the up to date required textbook
This was at Dallas County Community College (my 2nd English course).
For the most part books are only needed for online courses. This is because
I believe it would help if the students could have the option of renting books i
Textbooks I purchased as an undergraduate were always used. This is my fi
Many of my classes required textbooks, but we never ended up using them.
if all levels of government students to succeed in school they should to reduc
This is my first semester. I have only purchased 2 textbooks, one for the onl
The professors have told us that they were not going to be needed but that th
If we did not use a book mandatory for class then we barely ever opened the
I am a student who has purchased a book for a course that I have not used d
I purchaced books for classes that were never used. This made me upset be
There has been at least three classes I can think of off the top of my head tha
the professors should tell us before the semester even starts if the book is us
use the book often, helps clarify content taught in class
Some of my teachers require that you buy three to four books for their class.
Some textbooks change slightly from edition to edition. There is no need to b
I had some classes where the teacher had told us that we did not need it bec
There has been at least one book a semester that an instructor has deemed
But I was able to return it and get full refund.
If a book will not be used or will be used rarely, I think the professor should in
Buying used books is a lot more affordable.
It may not always be that we never used them, it sometimes was that we onl
This has happened to me several times. Most of the books never used were
I had to purchase a textbook last semester in a class where we were directed
Textbooks are really expensive. It's a waste to spend so much money not us
I have had several classes that the insturctor be persistent in the fact that we
More than once!
Almost every university, or any college actually, expects students to pay as m
For a good majority the text books are never used, or are used so little as to
This is ridiculous! Over 3/4 of my books have not been used during class...th
The system seems to be confusing. Some professors tell you to buy specific
A few books I have purchased have been used; however, many of the books
Not using textbook enough to justify cost of book. Instructors diviate from tex
Even used books at the library are extremly overpriced.
At the beginning of the semester, my professor told me I had to purchase the
I have purchased a couple of textbooks that were barely used. Some textboo
The cost of the text book was $160, but was used in a very limited way. And
3 books this semester have yet to be opened
The cost of books are very high and then you go to sell them back and get on
There are many classes that I have attened and book are not used.
I would buy books with the intention of using it and I might open it once or tw
The class didn't use it enough to justify purchasing the textbook.
This semester was going to be my most expensive semester for books. I dec
This is ridiculous.
Not only was the textbook never used it was a required text and it was written
I'm a student on a tight budget. My parents aren't paying for my education. P
The online bookstore is giving students the new and old books for RDG 350.
I purchased textbooks from the campus bookstore and It was over three wee
being a student it would be benificial if the textbook pricings are reduced..tha
Some teachers will even tell us we will need the book, but then we will actua
Numerous times
The course said that the material was NOT option; therefore, I did as directe
Waste of money when you are an out of state student!!
It's rediculous and inconsiderate to have students pay for expensive textbook
Hardly any of my books ever get used in or out of class.
I have also purchased text books written by the professor before, and he req
waisting my money!
The price of textbooks is crazy! What is even more ridiculous is buying textb
If we have used the text book it is to to 2 pages worth or reading for a test (w
I've done it twice this semester. one book was $180, just for a used book.
I have not had this problem with my graduate courses, but did have this prob
Many instructors adopt a book that is required, but we never use the book.
I bought a history textbook package and never used two of the books in cont
I hate that I buy these books when they are so expensive, and then we don't
If a book is required, I think at least the curriculum must match the book, if no
.
I did think the cost of textbooks is too high but this year all of my classes opte
Almost every class is this way.
I've bought a book for $150 that we only used a few pages out of!
Which very much sucked because it was a totally waste of money that I coul
Why should I have to WASTE my money? I think that if the teachers require
I bought text books for the first couple of semesters from the campus book st
The teacher was covering a class for the original teacher. The original teach
I purchases a required book over the internet, which was taken of the require
i have puchased a total of 20 books in my college career and i can honestly s
A few books were only barely glanced at... just enough to require having the
I have heard from others that this has happened to them.
The books are not used in class but they are advised to read chapters that a
I have purchased two books. The first was Psych 500. We covered the entire
MANAGEMENT PROCESS
in my english 0302 class we never looked at our book
The book didnt explain as well as other materials.
I have since learned not to purchase the books until the first day of class to s
I have even purchased books for a class, and then been told by a course ins
The cost of books is so great, that I have even gone to great lengths to borro
Textbooks are too expensive.
I haven't for this semester but I did in past semesters.
Books should be listed as required or optional based off of the teacher
This is the most case for most of my classes. It is why I wait a couple of wee
College books are too expensive!
Have not had this problem at A&M San Antonio while working on my MBA. H
The professor may not have used the textbook but I found that I referred to it
Public Speaking- never used the book.Professional Skills- never used any o
There are textbooks that I rarely use and the teachers don't inform us until th
n/a
Only for one course has this happened, although even then i did utilize lightly
The professors a lot of times have pretty complete notes that they provide to
I have used every book that I have purchased so far.
I had one textbook that came as part of a packaged combo...and the other bo
I bought the book in the e book was used for the class.
This has happened to me amny times. It just wasste lots of money for me.
Instructor did not like textbook used for class. Instructor was hired after textb
I love the websites some textbooks offer that contain student companions wh
buying a textbook and not being able to return it for the amount i paid for it, a
It has happened more than once, and it was pointless to purchase the book.
Purchasing textbooks is useful to pass the course.
The cost of books is astronomical! I have had to many times borrow money i
It was used as a resource only.
Typically, I ask people who have already taken the class if the book was of a
I have purshased a textbook that we never used in class. The teacher always
I've had to purchase ebooks for class and then am required to use the book d
I THINK WE DIDNT SAVE ANY MONEY AND I HAD TROUBLE ONLINE BO
This semester i took out a book loan, about $475most of my teachers give th
The industry is corrupt, something needs to be done.
For my Business Statistics course, there were no reading assignments or ho
Many times I usually just study off the teachers powerpoints
I really rely on an actual TEXT book. I dislike the e-book inconvenience.
I usually NEVER buy textbooks until I take the first test in the class. If I see th
sometimes yes and sometimes no
It was a lab manual not an actual textbook. I was told that the lab manual cou
It is crazy to have to spend so much money on text books. We should be abl
I DO NOT LIKE E-BOOKS. I HAD TO PAY $75 FOR IT AND WILL NEVER U
No text...would love a reading list
Have heard of it occurring but never to me personally
i want book on dvd nothing short of that will make me happy
I have purchased books that I never used. I wouldn't mind if I could let someo
I have purchased books that I never used. I wouldn't mind if I could let someo
I have not personally...but have heard of it occurring
It has only happened twice; once in a course that was understandable why th
There have been books that were merely alluded to, but never used as a res
I have purchased "required" materials that were used very infrequently. Defi
The ebooks are required but we are require to get the papercopy as well. Ca
There often is just not enough time in medical school to read textbooks and a
Many times, the lectures were verbatim from the text. Therefore, there was n
I had to purchase a textbook $160 that we only referenced once during class
In several of the classes I have purchased textbooks that were not used. If s
The material from the lectures were concise and voluminous, so did not requ
In medical school, textbooks are not as much emphasized. the ones that wer
Having the books in LRU is great. It hard to justify spending $150 dollars on
happened to a friend once but not me
There are many classes that I have taken where the teacher will make their p
One class had us purchase 5 different books. One was the main text and the
I had 19 books for one class alone and we've had to use all of them.
Textbooks should be produced by P.O.D. and be written and designed by the
I've learned to only buy books after I've used it at the library more than once.
The amount of time we have in regards to mastering the lecture material, it is
This was an expensive book that was supposed to be used as a reference bo
I didn't buy any text books until I found out from the 2nd years which ones we
This is a theme throught schooling at every level. Because of it I dont buy bo
This is a constant problem, because many of the courses are testing strictly
Cost of textbook are absorbent and there is not much of a buyback program.
Many
Even if the textbook was referenced, any information was just additional from
people need to ask their professors before they buy them and then make an
They are expensive, but very important
Textbooks are simply outrageously expensive.
I've had a required textbook that was seldomly used (used once).
"Never" Used is a little strong, but I've definitely purchased a book that has b
Many textbooks that students are asked to purchase are never even referenc
This has occurred at least twice and one time the book cost more than $100
We need more internet class options/ as well as online textbooks
Some profs assign textbooks for your own benefit for studying. They could ju
For a few courses I was required to buy the book and then they were never u
What is put on the syllabus as a required text ends up being optional/never u
All the time.
It is not that it was never used, but that only a few chapters were used. I wou
Not many books at my library are able to be rented.
Many times I have done this because I purchase my books online before the
It should be illegal for a professor to force you to buy a book he or she wrote
I never used the textbook for CHEM 102, because it wasn't necessary.
Many teachers require textbooks that are never used for class as anything m
Yes, but was informed by the instructor the first day of class, so I was able to
My most expensive textbook for one of my classes (by far the most expensiv
"Barely used" would be more precise.
I was told to buy a textbook, but then that was just used for supplemental ins
The books that were never used were expensive and I barely got anything ba
I use all my books to reference back to when studying or doing homework
Many times. So many teachers are using power points now. If this is the cas
If we are not going to need a textbook for the course, the book should not be
Professors feel pressure to put textbooks on the syllabus that we never use.
I have had to buy books that I never opened and it is also very frustrating wh
I purchased the textbook however, the powerpoint presentations would have
but sometimes those books we dont even use them and even after all we pa
Teachers require us to buy textbooks but then they never do anything with th
This happens quite often. Unfortunately, most teachers don't use the book an
We technically don't need the textbook, our professor doesn't assign any rea
Paid a lot of hard earned money for a text book that I never opened.
In all most all of our courses we have to purchase a book and the "lab" which
I believe textbooks are way too expensive especially now in this recession I
Plus I have had to purchas several texts for one course when these courses
I have always used the text books I bought for classes. Most of the books I li
I paid $500 for most of my books. I couldnt get other books because i had alr
I bought a MathLab Kit that cost around $90 and I only needed it for a code.
college algebra was the one book that was the most and we never used it at
Some of the books recommended are not available in the University library.
Professors assign txt books and never use them, and the professors "always
THe cost of book is crazy.
When the cost of a used book is $2 cheaper that new on Amazon.com and th
I bought a Textbook my first semester and we never used it and I was not ab
Textbooks are too expensive!
I hate it when professors stress about "buying" the books, but we don't use th
I was required for one course to purchase an expensive book. It turned out th
I experienced this in a couple of graduate courses. Faculties need to come u
Books are way too expensive and most of the time I really do not need the bo
I purchased a book for Operations Management last semester that was hard
In this instance, it would be nice if the professor could just use supplemental
In more than one class each semester I have had professors make us buy bo
I believe that if the teachers do not use the text book, they should not make u
I think it wastes our money to buy books we do not use.
Why do professors require the latest textbook for a course (like, Biology) whi
I believe it is ridiculous that we must purchase book that we never use. A ma
the online books I haven't used since I purchase the copy of the book. I wou
The books I bought were for a class that was cancelled and I never heard ab
The direction of use was as support. i could have used it if I wanted to, but p
Almost always teachers list books as required, then never use them for assig
Almost always teachers list books as required, then never use them for assig
I attempted to use my books, but they generally were difficult to understand,
On occasion it has been unclear which books are "supporting material" vs "re
Often times we take courses that are consecutive like Calculus. We take Cal
I literally have not opened the textbook for any of my classes this semester.
I have had courses where a required or recommended text wasn't used or wa
I would say that I have often purchased texts from which homeworks were as
Not only was it never used [by me], I never _got_ it… it "disappeared" in the m
The most frustrating is when professors say: "I won't use the book but I'm req
Often times there is an obvious lack of communication between the Universi
As an undergrad, I had a handful of courses (1 or 2) where my textbook was
I do not recall that I have purchased a textbook, which was not used in class
After my freshmen year I had 3 books that were never used, still in the shrink
I've also had to buy books that would only be used for one week of the seme
My favorite part is that the instructor of the course created a "custom" book th
I think when you look for your class books online the professor should have a
I tried to return the textbook 5 days later and I was not allowed to, after wasti
I have on several occasions bought a textbook that we have never opened o
Usually the professor posts the book as required before the semester starts,
Students should be advised of this ahead of time.
Nothing pisses you off like wasting $150 on a book you never use which gets
If it would all possible if the professor will somehow review his material let us
I usually try to purchase my books ahead of time so I can buy them cheaper
The book was not even used, that was out money gone to waist.
Many of my math classes require My Math Lab and a text book when a soft r
I was able to return them as the instructor said they were not needed on the
Professors claim they will be following the text directly. In the end I'm studyin
The teacher said it was mandatory but we never opened it.
It was horrible because we bought it and never even TOUCHED it! I hate pro
This has been the case in past semesters. This semester I have purchase a
The major of my classes I close to never use the book.
Most classes use powerpoints from the book so we never have to actually us
The majority of text books I have been made to purchase, I have never used
Text books are outrageous to begin with and buying them and enver suing th
some classes I never need the text book at all. I would prefer not to pay mon
The professors should state if they use the text book or not.
Rediculous that i would pay over a hundred dollars for a book that was never
The page or two that was needed out of the book could have been recreated
I have purchased more than 1 textbook because it said that it was required a
I have purchased several books that I never flipped a paged. I have had teac
Not only did I have to buy it but it came wrapped in plastic with a cd so that I
THE WORST PART IS EVERY SEMESTER THE EDITIONS KEEP ON CHA
The professor was an author of the textbook.
and when i went to resale it they said they were no longer using that edition.
Most textbooks go unused I would say over hald my books I do not use.
Why require it if it is only "supporting material" that is optional for you to read
In some classes its a requirement that we get an "online lab" like some math
Yes I have had a couple that were $200 that I never opened and got 40-50 tr
College students are generally broke as it is. Purchasing over priced and not
More for my core classes than my major classes.
Texts book aren't so bad but we learn more from professors lectures there is
I have done this as well as purchasing books before school starts to make su
Teachers frequently do this to me. I've had this happen several times. Or the
I paid a lot of money for a book which just ended up in my closet.
Outrageously Priced.
purchased a book freshman year in 06 and i never used it, or the test were n
This frequently occurs for most of my courses.
This frequently occurs for most of my courses.
Inside two courses, the instructor only lectured and the examns were from th
Also one that I have only used once so far.
We should be told if we need the book and will use it before we have to buy i
Often times a professor will strongly require a textbook for the class, insisting
the textbooks i do use.. we use them maybe once or twice.. but pay over 140
I purchased a stats book in order to get the CD that we used, but I never ope
Teachers have told me that we have needed books for certain courses, and
This only happened one time.
After most of the class had already bought the book before the first day of cla
With the cost of school slowly increasing, the cost of textbooks is becoming e
Why can't books just be borrowed and then returned later after the semester
I guess our administrators don't care how much or how often we get ripped o
All texts required were utilized in courses. However, I find that having acces
For more than one class. I have had previously bought a book, and left it in it
When I tried to sell my book back, I was denied because they weren't accept
I have been a student at TSU for 3 years now and in transferring here I have
you buy books at a high price, never use them and sell them back at a low pr
I was told that I would need a $200 textbook and it's still sitting on my self NO
i have bought text books for this semester and 2 of my teachers use older ve
Many teacher require a text book but either give you hand outs or they have
Oftentimes it seems that professors will tell us a book is required for the cour
Some courses force you to buy 3-4 different books and only using one of the
The book was helpful to read on my own but the proffessor never assigned a
I have only used one of the 5 books that I was required to purchase this sem
This does not happen often, but on occassion I have had a teacher require a
very expensive and worthless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Text books are so expensive, I paid $130 for a book, that half way through th
has happened more then once
I have had textbooks that the department must have selected that was of no
bought 2 books in ag class that we never used and only once refrenced.
This is true for myself as well as others but that it isn't to say that the student
Multiple textbooks that were never used because the class was lecture base
This has occurred before. I think the professor should issue warnings that th
The university or individual department REQUIRE professors to assign textb
estimated 500 per semester spent on books i have never opened.
on multiple occasions
Professors shouldn't post a book online prior to class starting if they aren't go
Professors stated that the book would be essential to succeed in class, but w
Multiple times I have purchased a textbook for a class, and never even remo
I attribute this to the fact that the MSC bookstore website listed a textbook th
I really don't like how expensive textbooks are. Then when you don't use the
This has happened multiple times. and it is quite frustrating either selling it b
This happens ALL the time.
usally in classes where the teacher wrote the book s themselves
For several classes. Or had to buy a textbook where we only used a few cha
Written by university authors but was too technical and irrelevant.
Sometimes, Professors assign books thinking that we will have enough time
Professors have told me that they only require it because the university mak
This mostly pertains to undergrad although I currently have purchased an ec
I try to not buy a book until after I've talked to the prof but some claim to use
Several syllabi say texts required and then are not used at all, but many man
This has happened to me at least 3X- $130 each time.
I spent $360 on books this semester that were "REQUIRED" as per the MSC
There are some courses that all the homeworks are given from the textbooks
This has happened far too many times!
Happens at least once a semester.
I have used almost all of the textbooks I have purchased with the exception o
in undergrad
I believe this question is context specific. I have purchased expensive books
I have also purchased books that were only used once...briefly.
I'm not ur that it was never used but some were hardly used at all
The professor stressing us that we have to buy this book. Come to find out, h
Yes I don't understand how classes need books If we don't use them, I'm tire
I purchased a book that was missing chapters and did not learn of this till it w
This is only in reference to books described as required for the class. I under
The course packets are helpful, but should not be used as the primary refere
I have a lab manuel that I was forced to purchase and the TA just prints out a
Not only was it a book never referenced in the course, it was a very expensiv
Professors told us if they didn't use a book or if they suggested another book
As new editions come out, there is a limited supply of used books.
I purchased a book for Badminton that was "required", but was then told at cl
Often, required textbooks have been listed for all sections of a class, but they
had this happen multiple times, usually brand new textbooks
RIDICULOUS!
Buying the book was not necessary for a few classes.
Some professors have recommended textbooks and others have required. I
A lot of times professors will create their own notes in which we will be tested
Professor says we will use a $300 textbook and never once did I open it. Thi
The cost of books are outrageous! Not only do we have to pay too much for t
I wouldn't say it was never used, but I only used it once or twice.
Math 141 was easy enough to learn from the groupwork, online hw (also req
I just started my 4th year at Texas A&M and there has been at least 1-2 book
They make us buy these text books thinking that the class depends on this b
Many professors assign/require textbooks that are never used
Some of my courses do not require a textbook
the professors initially say they are required to pass the class or do well in th
I often have to purchase a book that I never use or rarely use, and often that
Several Times I bought a textbook because"it was supposed to be essential"
I've spent thousands of dollars on textbooks that I've never had to use. This
I have not had to purchase a textbook that was never used, but I have had to
Sometimes professor's must have to have a book or something listed for the
And sometimes even when the book is used, it is very unhelpful and poorly o
Some need them, some don't. If a prof doesn't need one they should say the
Most of the time I'll wait to buy "required" textbooks until I know that I need th
Some textbook are a great aid for the notes made in class and can suppleme
There is no worse feeling then a teacher telling you that you need the require
Fortunately a lot of professors will tell you how much you need the book on t
Teachers make you buy textbooks that they don't even test you on or don't h
I was told to buy a certain book for class but after talking to my professor he
Some professors put down a book on their syllabus but it doesn't ever get us
Teachers insist that the book is required an needed to do well in the class. S
The professor made it a point in reading the syllabus that the textbook would
I did, but it wasn't required. I used it as a personal reference.
We had useless reference books in some courses but I did not buy them.
Sometimes teachers only pull one thing out of there or nothing at all. I am a
I've not only purchased a book that wasn't used, but also one that we only us
Last semester I bought a textbook for a class that I NEVER read, since exam
Yes I believed it was very unfair to buy a book that cost over a hundred dolla
I will have purchased the book, then later be informed we didn't really HAVE
Some were "required" but I didn't buy all because of what little they were goin
I have purchased many books that were only used a few times, or that were
Only a couple of courses absolutely did not use the textbook. Most used the
Why should I have to drop a hundred and fifty bucks, and literally never unwr
I was fortunate to have the text books need for my classes. The Bookstore st
Usually I'll open the book once or twice because the professor takes a few te
I feel like if the class requires a textbook then it should be used that whole se
I was required to purchase a bundled set of 2-3 books and lab book - we only
This has happened multiple times, but most of the professors would let the c
It was pricey, and when I sold it back I was offered less than 10% of what I b
I bought four books this semester costing a total of around $450, and was tol
The syllabus required that I buy a history book. After the first week the profes
Professors should be required to annotate if the book is just for reference or
Some courses request a textbook+a solution to the question of the textbook!
I wouldn't say "never" but there are a lot of books that aren't used because th
I hate spending over 100 dollars on one textbook, when you take four to six c
Accounting 209, LBAR 181,
A very expensive one that was rereleased the next year with slighty different
Many engineering courses do not make use of "non-engineering" books that
It has come to the point where I no longer buy any books at all unless I am ce
Many times professors summarize information from the chapters into their le
Most of the ENGR 111/112 text was never used.... We might have used like
I have had to do this for several classes!! And most of the ones that I have "u
The professors said that they book was optional but they recommended it an
Not many, but some classes I could have got by without ever using the book
This happened exactly once when I was getting my B.S.
Most professors tell you what books are needed, if you want to read and bett
this has happened more than once.
I have had to use all my textbooks for each class.
I have actually never used the majority of the textbooks I have bought for cla
On the university's bookstore website, it allows you to see the book list for cl
I no longer buy textbooks until the first time they are required for use in the c
Actually, a lot of grad courses are paper/article based rather than textbook. I
ENGR 111 and ENGR 112 are bad about this.
i feel guilty when i spend money. it makes me want to stay in bed forever and
I wish there was no "recommended" book list only a "required" book list.
If this is going happen in a class, the students should definately be informed
Ridiculous and pointless!
I have had a few courses where the textbooks I bought were brand new and
Hardly any of my teachers use the books, but if I wait to find that out then the
There are pretty often "extra" books listed as required or not used very often,
Several times.
Many classes require textbooks that often cost more than $200. These books
There have been plenty of courses where I didn't really need the textbook an
I wish the textbook stores' websites would be more accurate about if a textbo
If I am going to pay $200.00 for a textbook I want it to be well used. It has to
I paid 200+ dollars for literally a stack of papers in wrapping. It was not even
I have had books costing up to 70$ before that were never used.
I believe this happens simply so professors can boost book sales, and while
I have had to pay for books that were RARELY used, however.
Are professors required to have a textbook listed or something? I do not have
When asked, the professor said the textbook was needed, but throughout the
These textbooks are required for class, but we end up not putting them to go
Some classes don't require the book but I find it useful to have. Others requir
Professors always say they are mandatory but quite frequently we never use
Several times I have had professors go on and on the first day of class abou
Professors should announce in advance if the textbook assigned for the cour
Many of the text books aren't helpful in learning, and are usually rarely used
At least 3 times
I know that for class we have to have a textbook/s but it's really bothersome
I once payed $300 for a book I never used once.
bought it and then the professor said it wasn't needed because tests would fo
I have also had to purchase a newer edition of a book almost every semeste
I had to purchase an entire course's worth of textbooks that were not actually
It was required to buy the book and then never used, although was referred t
The professor will mainly lecture and test from the notes and so the book wil
Most professors say they test out of the book and so as a student i keep it on
New books come with access codes to the book's online portal for study guid
I wish teachers wouldn't say, "You will need the textbook to do well on the te
Many times I never took the shrink wrap off the textbook by the end of the se
All the time =/...
I really like it when teachers are open about whether we need the books or n
It happens a lot.
My history book is important, but my professor gives more input and detail th
We should really be told whether or not a book is going to be used. Theres n
Multiple times each semester, I will have purchased a book that was required
I was extremely annoying to buy this book, not use it, and then get very little
MY TOTAL TEXTBOOK BILL AS A FIRST SEMESTER ENGINEER WAS OV
Professor made it a required book when creating the course list and then rev
It would be nice for a proffessor to inform students that an ebook option is av
ENGR 111!
Books bought at the University store are way overpriced.
Ironically, I think it was my most expensive book.
Professors should not be able to write their own books for their classes.
It could be used by us, but the professor didn't require the work out of it.
I have purchased several books which I never opened.
I have been in multiple courses in which the professor stated that the textboo
This has happened on multiple occasions where the textbook cost more than
We might have used it once or twice for reference, but overall, it was pointles
Professors either need to provide supplemental material or clearly state that
I am only in my first semester as a Freshman and so far I have used every te
I typically have 1-2 classes per semester that I never pick up the textbook, ex
The books that have been purchased for classes that were never used ende
Some professors say that a book is a must have in order to pass the class an
Strength Training, never used the book. Not yet at lest.
The textbook was required, it was never opened, and I received an A in the c
The book is still sitting where I placed it at the beginning of the year. To be h
I only purchase my text books after having attended the first class session to
I would say rarely used or not used enough to justify the cost, not never used
I find that sometimes I am getting ripped off because I will buy a textbook and
MANY times.
We do refer to the textbook, but maybe in 2 or 3 classes. I don't know if buyin
My government book is very tiny, but it cost a lot and it was a new edition so
animal sciences 107chemistry 101math 141
It's always difficult to gauge how much the textbook will be needed for a cour
I've had books I never used because I didn't open them. The profs suggested
It turned out to be a waste of my time and money to purchase a book especia
I have purchased almost every book that was on my required reading list, ba
Waste of money, time and credibility when a professor tells us to purchase a
waste of money
NEVER have used a textbook once in my life.
The word "additional" was misspelled in the directions above.
We simply made some references to the material that I feel could have simp
If professors are not going to use their textbooks they should not require us t
If professors are not going to use their textbooks they should not require us t
Professor knows beforehand that the book will not be used much or at all in t
Often times what is posted online is not what the professor wants, so it is fru
And it was an expensive book too
Textbooks are too expensive and represent a false commodity.
Most of my classes have only tested from what was taught in lectures.
I think that cost for some textbooks are outrageous. I am taking EDAD 500 a
I hope faculty make priority for purchasing text book.
Some of my books are only used like twice the whole semester, and some ca
I have also had to purchase access to Pearson websites that were never use
Now that I am a senior, I wait to purchase the "required" textbook until I actua
Frequently strongly recommended but never used
I like being able to purchase the copy corner class notes, they are cheaper a
Even though we were not forced to buy a book, we were forced to buy an onl
countless times. i've even had to buy a book, open it once to use the tear-ou
Two of the four classes that I am currently taking use the book consistently -
As far as remember I never purchased a book that I didn't use. If I didn't use
happens every semester
The teacher states at the beginning of class that each student will need a bo
annoying
I rarely need my textbooks, and if I do, they cost way too much for the little m
Sometimes it is not sure whether a textbook is necessary. If you do not buy i
Do not make it a requirement to purchase a textbook if the majority of our ma
It seems as though some teachers are required to tell students to purchase t
Teachers do not mention when reading the book is not necessary.
I've been told by professors to buy a book, than when the course work is han
Math 442
I am only a freshman. This semester I had to buy $100 worth of Anthropolog
notes might have been a better source
AND I CANT EVEN GET A FULL REFUND!
many many times
some courses reading should not be assigned because lecture is sufficient
Extremely expensive (especially on a grad budget :/) and hardly used for the
It seems like it's not worth paying for a used book when it's like only a $10-$2
We use them but not frequently or the bood is just retaught in class.
The lecturers notes sufficed for the course but we did not have to use the bo
I purchased an ECON 323 book that I almost never used. It was also very sim
Currently in a course right now where a book was listed on the course text lis
Most of my classes I get sufficient material from my prof's notes. If that is the
1/2 the classes
I wish instructors would make clear if they intend to actually use a book. The
From what is explained to me by professors, the university requires that a bo
I would not say "never" used, but very seldom referred to.
Some books we have just used a chapter or two, which photocopies have the
it was unnecessarily expensive.
Professor's will tell me that it is required and will be used and never use it. I'v
I have used the books, but most of them can be found electronically online.
I bought a 120 book for technical writing where nothing was ever referenced,
There needs to be a standardized system for distribution of textbooks so stud
It was a two hundred dollar book the professor did not tell us was unnessesa
While I did have the occasional class that rarely referenced the textbook, the
I have not had to purchase a book in graduate school for a course and then n
While I did have the occasional class that rarely referenced the textbook, the
Sometimes I'll have to read a chapter or two from it, then never use it again.
We were required to read an immense volume of text, and none of it even ap
most of the study notes are from the ones the teachers give us. The book is j
Never once used my Poli Sci book or Human Geography. Only used textboo
I once had to purchase a brand new book from the MSC for a class, and it di
Professors say that it is required but you never use it (and can't return it to th
TOOO PRICY!! ANNOYING!
i wish professors would honestly tell you whether or not they actually use the
Some professors tell you to buy it and then later just say it's "recommended
Some professors mean well when they assign text books but they're not alwa
The professors should tell us whether or not the book is needed.
Every teacher says "you need them" and almost every semester i've spent o
Way too many.
It's very frustrating to be told by professors at the beginning of the semester
By the time I know the professor doesn't use the book, it's too late to return it
I wish professors would include in the Syllabus if the required textbook will b
Textbooks and novels.
Most of the time, reading textbooks for classes is unnecessary. usually those
With the availability of Internet resources, the majority of my computer scien
Nothing is more irritating!
Ordering textbooks becomes a 'catch 22'. For certain class you need the boo
Cost too much for little to no use at all.
For most of my classes, I have purchased textbooks that were "required" but
A prof has even urged us that we would need the book often and it was neve
all the used books were sold out. Freshmen year i knew nothing about buyin
Extremely expensive and did not have to open it once! Made me angry :/
Now I wait until the first few weeks of school are well underway before I buy
While I have purchased many books that were absolutely necessary to pass
Professors should know how much these books cost. I bough a $100 book w
The cost of textbooks create a hardship for students already strongly taxed f
I have had classes where the book is rarely used, so it's a bit frustrating to sp
However, for some courses, I barely use the textbook, so an online version w
This has happened on more than one occasion.
the prof said we would use it but we basically never even had to open it.
I have also not been able to afford all of my textbooks, so I have had to go w
For a stat class, there was no required textbook, but we had to pay a huge fe
In on of my courses al of the sections required the purchase of a book from t
I absolutely hate buying new textbooks so I try to purchase mine early so tha
There were many times I have had to purchase text books for classes and ne
Plus, these books happened to be very expensive.
Never even took it out of the wrapper.
Textbooks for Kinesiology classes are completely useless
ENGR 111 and 112
Even though professors can indicate if a book is "required" or "suggested" th
They are said to be required Materials, but are never used. Most of the time
Very seldom, a professor would specify a text, but not refer to it, and teach fr
A lot of times professors say that we need the book, but it includes a lot more
If I had waited until the beginning the class and talked to the professor then I
I have not used computer a textbook and computer software that were requir
I have found that this is usually for the big core classes that everyone has to
Only in one class have I never used the book, but in a couple of classes we r
Several books were purchased and when I got to class the teachers would s
Each year I request to have a used text book, I have never NEVER received
I've stopped purchasing textbooks for classes until I'm assigned homework a
Many times, I do use the book, but for one or two assignments that could hav
Some professors seem to be choosing books that are very expensive. I belie
The reason is the fact that buying online is so much cheaper. I have also res
Rising textbook costs could be more than offset by keeping fees stable.
It seems that professors feel obligated to list a textbook as required for a cou
If a teacher doesn't intend to use a textbook, they shouldn't be forced by thei
my chemistry 107 book is hopelessly confusing and of no help, i just go onlin
This has happened for at least two of my classes per semester.
As an undergrad at A&M, I think the only textbooks I ever used were for my m
250 bucks for new textbook
I like the process of being able to rent books, professors should not say it is m
Many times the professors tell us to buy books the first week and do not infor
Many books are suggested and I am grateful that even if a professor only tak
A majority of the work is done online now, and textbooks are not a necessity
Professors say the textbook is required, but we end up never using it. It is go
Textbooks that can be rented tend to save students money on books they wi
Textbooks that can be rented tend to save students money on books they wi
BMEN 101 and ENGR 111/112 both required books that were rarely or neve
I do not even buy books anymore until the 2nd or third week of classes.
This would apply to about 45% of my textbook purchases while attending A&
If a prof isn't planning on lecturing from or using a textbook, they shouldn't re
My Linear Algebra book was totally useless (except as an oversized paperw
Some teachers required different books than assigned, or had "cheaper" sug
One course had even assigned the wrong book by accident, and neglected t
Usually they have not been too expensive, but I have still never used them.
This has happened numerous times--usually I wait until the first day of class
Well, it was the textbook that was not used...the courses have been useful :)
During the first semester, I didn't have to buy textbooks the professors listed
I absolutely hate buying textbooks that are "required" and yet we never even
Lost over 200 dollars this way
I have not had to use over half my books for the courses I have taken so far.
There was a instant or two where they just didn't tell us we really didn't need
Books are really expensive, instructors ask for them and sometimes we neve
It is optional to use the text book in Math 101.its rather a study guide, but eve
If the class is mostly lecture based and the exams come from the lecture the
I was told to purchase textbooks that cost significantly more than others that
It wouldn't be so bad if bookstores, especially those on campus, would buy th
This happened frequently, because many of the classes I would take based
Just wait until the first day and see if you need the book. Or return it within a
I use only certain textbooks. The only ones I keep for self enrichment are tho
I have also had to purchase a textbook and was only assigned to read a few
The professor told me we were not going to use the book and I was able to re
Many of the professors I have had seem to only teach from material they hav
I have looked up my classes textbook lists under Texas A&M's bookstore of
I wish teachers wouldn't tell us to get the book when they don't even know if
was told the text book was needed for success in the class. bought it, never
This semester I have a $108 textbook that I have not used, nor will I use for t
courses with textbooks listed as required were then later said to be only "sug
It cost way to much $$, and they wouldn't even buy it back.
This has happened to me in three of my classes.
I have spent hundreds of dollars on books that a class never used.
Professors should specifically identify what is needed to be read in each boo
When I received my print of the textbook required to read, the material was d
Many times I have bought a textbook that was rarely or never used since it w
Barely used.
I am a sophomore. I am poor. I have already had three classes in which I pur
A lot of professors require you to purchase expensive textbooks when studen
Departments should not require me to buy books and access codes for class
Plus sometimes, we only end up reading half of the textbook for the class. Th
They are so expensive! The only reason I have to buy them brand new is bec
I did purchase a text book that was needed, but the only reason was for hom
There is always the mindset in classes that the textbook is absolutely necces
It was ridiculously expensive and I didn't even get half of the money back.
Hell yes! Several of my profs have!
I haven't had to use ANY of the textbooks I've bought, thus far. Complete wa
Ive easily waste more than 500 dollars on books that I have not opened once
I just studied class notes instead, never any homework out of the book
History
In fact, even though I am now in my Junior year at Texas A&M, I can count o
Still only a Freshman, so my experience of this is quite limited.
I spent over $300 on books I was never asked to open or never needed to op
for a lot of my classes i am "required" to purchase the books and they are se
Faculty says that he orders a book to keep department head off of his ass.
Sometimes I don't use the book at all and they end up going through the sem
More true for liberal arts courses. In terms of math and science courses, eve
I have had to purchase several textbooks for a course that were never used.
I have had to buy books for some of my science and math courses that were
It is frustrating when you spend a lot of money on a book and then never eve
I can borrow books from the library
Purchased books for KINE 198 (Health & Fitness), BMEN 231 (Comparative
I think my professor has the simplest and easiest steps to solving all the prob
That has happened before and now I ask the professors at the beginning of t
That has happened before and now I ask the professors at the beginning of t
Or at least was not used enough to warrant spending the amount of money I
I am a doctoral student so most of my reading were journal articles.
I have also had some classes where only one or two chapters of the books w
buying a book for when you will never use it is very frusterating
If books were not changed so frequently we would be able to share more. Or
I always have to spend like 500 dollars in books and they are rarely used!
I don't see why I have to buy the book that costs over $100 and I never use it
Business Math 141, just to name one. The homework system has the book a
As an incoming freshman, for the fall semester of this scholastic year, I've us
i honestly hate having to buy the textbook because the professor says you D
Time and time again, I have had to purchase a book that was never or rarely
Yes and no on that. The textbook was a strongly suggested purchase, but ra
The professor said we will use our books plus the code in came with to get o
It is not known if you need them or not
This is one of the most frustrating issues.When a professor assins a book an
I have had this problem before! Also, when trying to sell it back, you make ge
Just about every semester I spend around $600- $700 dollars on books that
I can't remember if I've bought a textbook that hasn't been used, so far this y
I purchased a music book for a music course I am taking this semester, and
Bookstore told me I needed to purchase an expensive texbook and then my
Textbooks are expensive, even the used books. What's even worse is that w
My first few semesters it would happen a lot more often, nowdays I go to clas
Some professors don't tell you that the book is optional, or that they don't foll
Many time the professor gets the information from the book. So when going t
Especially when I used to use the options of selecting my classes and buying
professor compiled notes packets are much more beneficial and more econo
At the beginning of the semester the professor will always say that certain te
Some textbooks are way to expensive and the majority of the time we don't e
It's still in its original packaging, I paid far too much for something I never use
never used Physics 218 Lab Manuel
This happens at least once a semester
Usually this happens when a professor is told which book they need to use, a
In some cases, the teacher didn't use the book assigned for the class, instea
I wish that teachers would not 'require' books that are never used in a class b
What I find to be frustrated is short time frame that a book remains in circulat
I have also had to purchase textbooks where only one or two of the 100+ pag
TO BE HONEST I REALLY FIND BOOKS TO BE KINDA OF A DOWN PLAY
I find that profs make some books "required" when in fact they are just "sugg
It happens all the time with a wide range of classes.
I typically go for used books but in some courses new versions of a textbook
More than one professor has only tested off of powerpoint class notes and I d
This has happened to many twice where I purchased a book and never used
Some teachers require a specific textbook (certain version and year) and ne
the prof stressed the importance of the book but due to falling behind we nev
I'd prefer to have downloadable material from the Prof such as a work book r
ystem are constantly barraged with syllabi that demand 2-3 textbooks "required" for participation in class, but oddly enough, they never get u
 oks that they consider necessary. The Texas Legislature and the Student Senate should not interfere in this.
class and the teacher said that they didn't use it.In some cases, however, the teacher said they were needed, and then I never used it.
y money because I couldn't sell it back eitherAsk the chancellor if he wants to buy itIts still sitting on my shelf

 that were "recommended" during the course. These books were typically a necessity to complete the curriculum.
 dergrad at TAMUG , I have had required textbooks or strongly recommended optional ones that were never used. Very frustrating when the

 needed for assignments or that some material would be taken out of the book and put on exams but I found that the teacher's notes would a


 of 170.00 bucks that could have went to something other than a paper weight.
 or a much discounted price.
se expensive school books, and rarely use it. Some of us cannot afford to be spending that kind of money and get no use of it.
 hat was changed from an old edition and the only thing changed was its cover and maybe added a section. Its useless. I would like to see ou
ass was never used and it cost me 70 dollars.
en they would just lecture and you would never need the book.
 o wait till the first day off class to buy my books, which sometimes put me back in work.
mely the books that are bound at the spine with the plastic rings.
use just a few times... Ridiculous
with high marks (A) by using only notes taken in class from instructor presentation. I was required to buy a textbook that has little pertinent in
  does not justify the $200 expense. Professor could have made reference to the chapter or requested just that chapter from the publisher.


 asses to buy books because I have wasted $100+ on a useless book.
ooks that is recommended we buy, but when the semester starts rolling along, we focus on one book more than the others and often don't ev
f they are not going to be used. It is very discouraging and highly annoying to have to buy textbooks that are not used or that don't support th
 sive and buy backs suck.
 es I would not be needing.
expensive and way over my cost of attendance.
 lars if it's never even used. It's a waste.
week of class to inform students they do no require nor recommend the purchase of the specific text book for that class, some students have
 ng it.Books in the Past: Criminal Justice 101-Wasnt use to just taking notes and 3 test...too much reading and notes---Very Confusing. Mike
h and then we did not need it at all. I did not know that because I thought I would need them the first day of school.
f we are going to use them, then buy them if need be.

  also had some that was only used one or two times!!!
 ions that I have had to purchase a rather expensive text only to never open it in class.
  list because they have to, but when the semester starts (and I have already purchased my books) they tell us that we won't even use it. This
 never use it and somehow it always turns out that the next semester they use a new edition so you cannot sell it back either.
erials that are then later discovered to be optional or totally unnecessary.
RED for the College Algebra class, but then the professor said that we didn't have to use it if we didn't want to because we were using MyMat
st time, the bookstore had the wrong book listed and we did not find this out until the first day of class. I kept that book because it was in my
 and it would be nice to not spend that money on the book.

ains if we don't get to use them after we buy them.I bought a book for a course, but later during the course work saw that the Instructor used t
mputer literacy course too often.
 the text book was never used and I was told simply that they will be great references for me in the future. Well like everything else education
 used for their classes, which is required by the University, and some of these materials are non refundable after they are opened.
ster, I ended up having to purchase new books.
As of right now I will not be using one of my books.

 dition just about every year it makes EXTREMELY difficult for students to purchase used text books which in the end cost us double.
vestment for college students. Some instructors require the book only because they are not allowed to tell you the book is not needed. I hav
nce the software works just one time. And many other used ones helped me.
 e never even opened. Or used as a "supplement" which is still...never used.
 icial textbooks so far.
r a used paperback!
out proffessor have never told us to open.
 the book wasn't required until a week or two before classes started, which I had bought in advance.
ey should have to teach out of it and use the questions at the end of the chapters for homework.
 ks that serve no real purpose in terms of completing the course, these books might only be of a supplemental nature. This is a problem beca
chase were available in the bookstore. But according to the ISBN given it had to have the online access card, which has to have never been u
e and when class began she stated we did not need the books eventhough they were listed as MANDATORY on the University website.
 ks required, several I've taken over the course of my college "career" have either not needed the textbook that was "required" or have neede
  Price Books. I also will buy a slightly older edition if it is available.
 at I never even opened because the teacher had powerpoint notes that they used and what was on the notes was on the test.
 class or out side of class i do not understand why we still have to purchase them.
 hased a book and the teacher did not use it. Which upsets me very much.
sed with intuition and reading/writing/math skills that should have been learned in high school.
 er used it. Plus before the class had ever started I sent an email to the instuctor making sure we would need the book, and she replied that i
 n textbooks!!
 t school here
essor listed a required textbook on the sylabus, purchased the textbook and never once had to reference the book for class. There have even
but they are so much money that i tryi to find other places to get them.

 book but never use it or if they do you could have easily done without it. They also try to sell them for too much, there was a book for sale in
 heir newest edition cannot be purchased used. However, on most occasions, I can find a recycled copy.
at were never used. I understand that they are on the syllabus so they can be counted towards financial aid, but I think professors should tell
mately two times in the semester... I think they made an effort to make us use the book and then it wasn't important to the class material.
tional books listed but have never had to buy a book that was not used in class. All of my required books have been used. However, I have o
 not really needed in but is required. Most profs though have begun telling students not to buy the books if they dont think they will be of use
never even opened. If a teacher can give a lecture without the means of a book, and the student can take notes, why use a book?
  t opened it yet. Was only $5 used.
  bookstore are expensive. The books I didn't use were for 3 of my classes: History,CAS (freshmen success class) and my computer science
 ve to purchase and it is not even needed!
d in some we only opened them maybe twice. Very rarely do I use a textbook every day or week in a class.
we have to pay $100-$120 for a textbook we never use or only use for one chapter and we will never use the book again. Then we sell it back
 sed maybe once or twice. It's completely ridiculous.




 ch, health, etc.
 e and then they were not used so I was stuck with it. Also, I've had books that were not used and did not know they wouldn't be until after the
 ve had at least one class a semester that didn't utilize a textbook.

 d, there have been three classes that I have purchased a NEW book (because used was unavailable) that was not used at all during the cou
hould talk together about the books that will be used for the semester instead of saying that some of the books are optional or must have. Th
money on books we will never use. Paying for our classes is tough enough to just be throwing away money.
you do not even need them. I went to purchase a math book and it was $160. I passed and decided to try it again on a later date. Two days
 not even open for the class.
nly used once and quite often never.
 bra book but we only use it on quiz days where we can use the text and our notes, but he tells us we don't even have to have the book anym
ng to be useful, and the instructor notified us that he/she no longer uses the text book in his/her course.
 worth the 100+ bucks for it.
o give the test...therefore the text book is rarely used.
ave yet cracked them open one bit. In fact one of my classes said it was the wrong book and that an earlier edition would work better.
idiculous, perhaps what is even more absurd, it the price students receive when selling books back to the university bookstore. This is why th

ened at least once
 r curriculum. However, it has been my experience that most utilize their own teaching methods and it may not be along the same lines as th
used once to reference on an assignment. The other textbook is yet to be touched for any purpose during this semester.
urchased books that I did not use. It would be of great help if teachers would make clear what they were actually going to use in the class an
 mester and cost me $159.75
ebsite on Tamu-commerce.edu, and then on the first week of class, the instructor said the website had the wrong book, so I had to go and bu
  and have had to buy three books so far that I have not used. Very dissapointing.
 ass of mine and spent about $130 on it. The first day of class the class the teacher said we will not being using that book or that cd and that


ed but for my UG courses they were not as much. The cost of textbooks is definitely getting ridiculous. However, I buy a lot of mine used onl
 y used. most information is retrieved from the internet.

y used once should NOT be required! Rediculous.

 e and we only read 1 chapter during the semester.
 ut b/c the professor provided powerpoints that covered everything and I didn't really use the book but once or twice.
 much money on textbooks. I took a class this summer where the book that wa needed was an ebook. It was only $40 and had the chapters
own notes or they choose to use it for one small example here and there throughout the semester
 their lectures were not created from the book... Essentially, they made us purchase the books for personal reference if we didn't understand
 ook store because they are too expensive. I buy my books online because they are less expensive.
  for a fall semester, I immediately set out to purchase them. I bought a brand new copy of a textbook that was later (within the first week of th
. The bookstore told us that if the wrap was broken we could not return the book. I ended up opening it because our teacher said we would u
 ly when the professor only uses certain chapters or not even use the book but make it mandatory.
sks" for education labs from pearon also not used.
 e not directly used in the classroom, most texts did bear some relevance on the subject. That being said, the requirement of a text that is no
s are writing books for the course and requiring those books be purchased brand new and using an access code in the back to access the re
hem from my friends, or find them really really cheap on half.com.
hen we don't use them at all.
 e other things to worry about!!
at the textbook is required, but we never use the textbook at all. I am still a dependent on my parents taxes, but I have to pay for my own scho

hat is said to be required and the teacher never really has you use it, if ever. They cost way too much and then when you try to sell it back, yo
 er opened the thing. When I tired to sell it back they where not even taking it. $200 wasted.
e never used. Once in the middle of the semester the professor decided we would no longer use the book, but it was too late to be refunded

ogy class to start in the next couple of weeks. But it has happened before. I have 3 computer programming books I never used because class

ere never truly relevant. I've also had the instance of the book and the professor not agreeing on a matter.
 books that we either did not use or they allowed and taught from an earlier version that would have save me money. I have also bought boo

be purchased and then the teacher never used them. Or research in the textbook was to be done "outside of class" but none of the material in
 ent classes. The book cost $140 and I was told 100% for sure that we were going to use it. It was never opened once for either class.
  never, or barely used in class. Some of the books that were barely used only consisted of perhaps 20 pages or less of text.
er class, and we only read 2 pages.
 an the books, and then return them. They are just so expensive and you can never sell them for the same price, that half ur tuition feels lik b
and that was all we used and it was typically at least a hundred dollars.
the shrink wrap is broken or after a certain date. Waisted money!
 buy textbooks for class is outragous and has at time been a waste of money.
 ap on information. Might want to consider getting rid of one of them because that's too much money to spend to read and learn something yo
eed the book or will not be using the book. Just like this year i was given a math book but the class was using a newer book and the only diff
 s it worse when your professxor says its mandatory, and then you never even use it. And resale values are awful.
  use a book or not. I will not purchase a book if we are not going to use it or i can get by without having it.
ver consulting one of the textbooks flagged as a requirement.

er used in a Management class and it did not help us on the tests.
0+ textbooks that were used only once or twice, if ever, during the semester.
ok was not necessary to be successful in the course.
 tell us what to get and what not to get.
 ge to see all the books that I need for my classes and then purchase them elsewhere or occasionally through B&N. I dislike that teachers req


nsive, and when it comes to selling them back they don't even give back half of what the book costs.
efore ordering or purchasing a text book to see if it is necessary for the course.
 Someone is really getting rich!

 ers ask for multiple books at the start of the semester and only 1 or 2 get used, if any! It is very frustrating to spend the money on these expe
d for the course, the book store listed the books as "required" and I purchased 3 books that will never be used in class. However, I could not
now going to be needed.
d that much, it was a waste of money especially at the cost of books today.
  and underused. The university loses out on money it could be taking advantage of because of online stores offering them at very reasonabl
 used less than daily, but never had to buy a book that was never used in class.

ever really needed. All test information was given from notes by instructor. Book was very unnecessary.
ed list if they are not required. I always buy my book before school starts so I don't wait of the last minute to buy books.
 xtbooks that the teachers say they are required then we need to get our moneys worth. If not we are wasting 100s of dollars on books that a
  that are never used by the students in class.
uired for the course and I did not use any of them.
we purchase the new text book requested for that semester. However, they were still teaching from the old text book and giving out out-dated
e wrap because the instructor that I had he never gave an assignment or either he used such textbook. I truly disagree with those instructors
 okstore personnel. Although I ask for used books in order to save cost, more times then not my only option is new books.
 o buy books that I NEVER used. Then when I sell them back I barely get ten percent of the price of the books or sometimes they don't even b
 equired material' and never use it for reference- and in fact, I have had books that I never opened all semester.
 et a loan just to pay for books. I don't see why they are soo expensive!! Even used books are expensive.

d use it, but was maybe used three times total during the semester.
ks that I didn't even open, yet it was a required book. I feel like in the future we could save money, time and trees for that matter.
from lecture and through displayed powerpoint notes. Some classes I never even open the text book and I am a 3.6 GPA student.

centration. With my education classes I have used the books whereas with my history classes they have been worthless. It would have save
0 & "Reading, Writing, and Learning ESL" at $87.75 plus tax.I understand the original instructor had a death in the family and was replaced b

 we would get more money back than what we do!
oks alone; now I wait until after the first week or two before even thinking on buying books that I don't need. It has saved me almost $500 ea


ge students to purchase! Every time I have to pay for a textbook that I might or might not use in a class, it really makes me upset.
e were going to use. I went and bought the three books totalling $248.00. We only used 1 of the books which was the $70.00 textbook. I am
 lways ask which books are needed.
g two classes per semester.
 diagrams and then thats it we dont even read it. I dont think its fair that we have to spend 200 bucks on a textbook that we dont even read.
 y professors themselves have gone to college. Not even gas prices have increased as much as textbooks have. It is pointless too for us stu
couple of times.
ew and was as expensive as my used ones. Cutting the cost on books would be very beneficial and greatly appreciated. The money that I co
 structor only made use do a coule of activites that you could make a copy on the printer of someone elses book. he did not even check to se

 ext" when most of the time we don't use the book until midway through the semeseter, if that. it's frustrating
 urses... And a few upper level
 that were used only for one chapter.
 d this institution have never been used.
u buy is the paper. You have to buy a binder and bind the paper for it. Once this is done, you cannot return it because it is 'not a book'. This
 sewhere. The instructor needs to notify us beforehand if the textbook is mandatory.
  the up to date required textbook, if I can. I buy online to save money.
ege (my 2nd English course).
  online courses. This is because you are not with the instructor for handouts.
 ave the option of renting books instread of buying books.
   were always used. This is my first semester as a graduate student. I am taking two courses, bought the textbook for each, and each course
 we never ended up using them. (Not to brag, but) I'm a straight A student, and I was able to earn my A's without the use of some of my textbo
ed in school they should to reduce text books price. all books are very expensive. However, last semester i bought a book call nutrition for nu
ased 2 textbooks, one for the online class I'm in now and one for the other online class I will be taking this semester. We use the book a lot in
  ot going to be needed but that they had useful information that would help us through the course and be successful.
   then we barely ever opened the book and mostly used powerpoints and lectures.
 r a course that I have not used during the class. The book is required for the course, but even though I purchase it, I don't use it. Because wh
 er used. This made me upset because the books were not "cheap".
 hink of off the top of my head that I was told certain books were required, but never used. Also, there have been MANY classes that have us
ester even starts if the book is used
 ree to four books for their class. However, halfway through the term they state that we only have to pick one of the books for the class to do a
  to edition. There is no need to buy a brand new 5th ed. when a student can buy a used 4th ed. with the supplemental material added as a ha
old us that we did not need it because the class was off his leacture notes and that the reason the book was up there is because he was requ
 r that an instructor has deemed required and is never referenced.

 ly, I think the professor should inform students of this, so they can share with a friend or return the book.

m, it sometimes was that we only used a few sections, and money could have been saved if the teacher would have printed off those section
st of the books never used were editions for specific years, so I could not return them, and most were over $70.
n a class where we were directed by the professor himself not to even open it, let alone to bother reading it.
 to spend so much money not use it.
r be persistent in the fact that we must bring our books to class & then the seals are never even broken for any reason.

ally, expects students to pay as much for books as for some classes! WE ARE POOR! Not all students get money from parents for college...a
 used, or are used so little as to be almost insignificant.
e not been used during class...they should tell us ahead of time.
rofessors tell you to buy specific books that they never use or sometimes the school makes you buy books that are never used. Sometimes,
 ed; however, many of the books are either not used at all or simply looked over once or twice.
book. Instructors diviate from textbook too much that I have to go to web and research and book is not used.

sor told me I had to purchase the 250 book. By the end of the semester, I had used it twice.
 were barely used. Some textbooks are just not the best textbooks. I have even heard comments from instructors stating the textbooks are no
 used in a very limited way. And resale value: $15. That's quite a racket when you consider that the book will be re-sold to another student f

u go to sell them back and get only a 25% of what you paid for it. Alot of people stopped donating books becasue of how expensive books ar
and book are not used.
 it and I might open it once or twice but I could get away without having to read it...
hasing the textbook.
ensive semester for books. I decided to rent my textbooks and I saved over $500! It would have been much more convienent to buy them fro

 a required text and it was written by the professor instructing the course. It was very frustrating to feel like he was requiring his own text to in
 ren't paying for my education. Pell grants, student loans, and a part time job are how I am affording my education. It is very frustrating to pur
new and old books for RDG 350.
kstore and It was over three weeks before I got the shipment delivered. I am very angry about this because it caused me to be ENORMOUSL
 xtbook pricings are reduced..thank you for all the support for us students
 the book, but then we will actually never use it.

option; therefore, I did as directed and bought the book. I never used or could have done without many of them. It is irritating to look back and

dents pay for expensive textbooks that are not used in class or outside of class. I have been asked to purchase books that instructors don't e

 he professor before, and he required the new edition every year.

n more ridiculous is buying textbooks, work books or kits and then never using them. As a College Freshman(Fall 2010) I purchased 5 textbo
 es worth or reading for a test (where the material is not covered on the test). I waited until after class started for the teacher to tell us that we
as $180, just for a used book.
e courses, but did have this problem when I was an undergraduate student at another university.
ed, but we never use the book.
 er used two of the books in contained.
so expensive, and then we don't even look in the book once, and they tell us at the end of the semester "Oh, well it was more of something fo
culum must match the book, if not why bother buying the book.
ut this year all of my classes opted to use e-books but most students still purchased a printed copy of the e-book which was another addition

 d a few pages out of!
otally waste of money that I could have used for projects that needed to get done or in other parts of my daily life.
 hink that if the teachers require us to BUY the material, then they should be required to TEACH from it.
mesters from the campus book store. I later found out that the prices there were way too high. I could get the same US editions at Amazon, B
ginal teacher. The original teacher required us to buy three different books and the teacher covering the class only used one of the books.
 t, which was taken of the requirement after class started. Since I did not purchase it through the bookstore, I was not able to return it.
 llege career and i can honestly say that i have used only a total of 8 of those books and even then i could've found the material online if i nee
ust enough to require having the textbook

  advised to read chapters that are gone over in class outside of the classroom during your study time.
 sych 500. We covered the entire book. I am now using Reading 515. We are using that one as well. HOWEVER, I am NOT happy paying $1



 ks until the first day of class to see what the professors say. Some will tell you that you do not need the book.
d then been told by a course instructor, we will never use them.
en gone to great lengths to borrow someones book and copy the chapters that I need for the course. 90% of the time, the book is not used or


al based off of the teacher
. It is why I wait a couple of weeks into the semester to order my books. I need to evaluate whether it is more profitable to buy the book or jus

 nio while working on my MBA. Have occassionally encountered this while pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees at other institution
 ok but I found that I referred to it for clarification, more information, etc.
 ssional Skills- never used any of the 3 books that were required.Art of History- We used the book a total of classes. Everything was used from
  teachers don't inform us until the first day that there will be one on reserve. By then the information is too late because I have already waste

ough even then i did utilize lightly for some light reading.
mplete notes that they provide to the students, and they base their class on those notes, so there is no actual need for the textbook to pass th

ckaged combo...and the other book in the combo was not used.

 wasste lots of money for me.
s. Instructor was hired after textbook had been chosen for class and therefore had no say in use of textbook for that class.
  contain student companions where we can access practice quiz and practice tests.
rn it for the amount i paid for it, after discovering that i did not really need it for that particular class.
 pointless to purchase the book. Not cool!

d to many times borrow money in order to be able to purchase a book that was stated was needed. To reffer to the book only once or twice, w

en the class if the book was of any use before I buy it.
sed in class. The teacher always provides powerpoints and the information that was on our test. I believe this issue happens a lot because m
en am required to use the book during class, which requires me to either pay an ADDITIONAL $22, on top of the $65 I was charged for the e
D I HAD TROUBLE ONLINE BOOK
$475most of my teachers give the pages on angeleither that or they just lecture from other material

re no reading assignments or homework involving the textbook. Virtually all of the course material was derived from classroom instruction an
ers powerpoints
e the e-book inconvenience.
he first test in the class. If I see that I need by book, then I buy it. In doing this, I hardly ever buy my textbooks.

 was told that the lab manual could be returned to the campus bookstore if it was unopened. I tried to return it unopened and they would not a
on text books. We should be able to view the text books on line instead having to purchase the book.
$75 FOR IT AND WILL NEVER USE IT. I HAD TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL $18 FOR THE HARD COPY. IT IS NOT FAIR TO MANDATE HOW


make me happy
wouldn't mind if I could let someone use it the next semester but when the college changes text books and all I can do is throw the book out o
wouldn't mind if I could let someone use it the next semester but when the college changes text books and all I can do is throw the book out o

  that was understandable why the book wasn't used and once when the professor did not have a legitimate excuse as to why the required bo
uded to, but never used as a resource for the course.
 ere used very infrequently. Definitely not worth the cost of the materials.
to get the papercopy as well. Carrying computer, book, materials is overload and reading off laptop is difficult. No or minimal support for ebo
al school to read textbooks and also stay up to date with the notes. However, these books are still considered "required" reading causing ma
  the text. Therefore, there was no reason to read the textbook. Also, the textbooks often are loaded with more information that needed for the
nly referenced once during class.
extbooks that were not used. If some of the professors were to integrate more of the textbook info into the classroom lectures it would be hel
 and voluminous, so did not require any references from text.
h emphasized. the ones that were, we had to purchase for the course. ideally, they would be online for free. i asked the library to do this for u
 justify spending $150 dollars on a book to use it one or two times. But having them as a reference in the LRU is very useful. There are som

here the teacher will make their powerpoints exactly off the book so there is no need to read the book.
s. One was the main text and the rest were reference books. If I'd known, I would hav purchased only the main book and either borrowed or
e had to use all of them.
 d be written and designed by the local school staff. If not local possible then trade with near location schools with sufficiant staff to produce
  it at the library more than once. Buying all the assigned books is a foolish idea that most people learn by sophomore year of undergrad
astering the lecture material, it is often difficult to even draw from extra or outside resources. Because the tested material is drawn from lectu
 sed to be used as a reference book only. The only problem was the professor never read it. Once he did, he realized it was useless to us for
om the 2nd years which ones we really needed.
 evel. Because of it I dont buy books anymore.
 f the courses are testing strictly on the classroom notes.
not much of a buyback program. Used text are equally expensive leaving the option of illegal international textbooks which are available but

ormation was just additional from what is presented in class. I wish the text would have been listed as 'supplemental' information, instead of '
hey buy them and then make an educated decision.


mly used (used once).
 ely purchased a book that has been used only once or twice.
 urchase are never even referenced in class. It seems that teachers just put a book on the list because it is expected of them.
 e the book cost more than $100 and I could not get my money back because they were not sure it would be used the next semester.
 l as online textbooks
 enefit for studying. They could just as easily be available online for much cheaper, especially when they are used only once.
 book and then they were never used or they were pointless
 t ends up being optional/never used. Booksotres, including the MSC, stretch the truth about this more times than not.

 a few chapters were used. I would have preferred for those few chapters to have been on ereserves etc.

hase my books online before the semester starts. So not only do I waste money I waste my time.
 u to buy a book he or she wrote.
 cause it wasn't necessary.
 ver used for class as anything more than a reference. I have found that I use google more than a book simply b/c its easier to navigate and i
  rst day of class, so I was able to return for a full refund.
  asses (by far the most expensive) was never used. If the textbook isn't essential for the course, then why do we have to buy it? We do so mu

 s just used for supplemental instruction, and additional studying. It was never required for the course's homework, and didn't even have to b
 sive and I barely got anything back for them, if anything at all.
n studying or doing homework
 wer points now. If this is the case then let students know.
e course, the book should not be listed as mandatory.
  the syllabus that we never use. It has to stop. I can't buy texts books until class as already started and then I get behind.
 and it is also very frustrating when you go to sell back a book used or not and receive $10 or less for a book I had to buy that cost upwards o
 rpoint presentations would have been sufficient. All the information I needed was selected by the professor and presented in a great powerp
 e them and even after all we pay
en they never do anything with them.This is a real waste of money, especially for college students.
st teachers don't use the book and base their classes off their lectures and their own notes. Or, the professor announces to the class that the
professor doesn't assign any reading or homework, he says its just "beneficial" to have it so it can help you.
 ok that I never opened.
chase a book and the "lab" which makes it hardered on alot of students like myself who have financial need.
specially now in this recession I believe they should have all books have the rental option it would save lots of money for the students so they
one course when these courses should have been 2 or 3 courses instead of 1 course. Jumping back and forth between texts is confusing wh
or classes. Most of the books I like to keep, especially the books that pertain to my major. With these new e-books, I don't have the opportun
 et other books because i had already gone over in money.
 and I only needed it for a code.
he most and we never used it at all.
 ailable in the University library. This forces us to buy books.Also some course books are very expensive and must be available as multiple c
hem, and the professors "always" decide on assigning new additions in which the prices are through the roof!

 that new on Amazon.com and the used price is >$120.00 i'm dissatisfied.
 e never used it and I was not able to sell it back and it cost me over $100.00.

 g" the books, but we don't use them often or necessary for class. I wasted about $130 in one class for three textbooks which we never used
n expensive book. It turned out that we only needed the code inside of the book, and then it turned out we could have bought it for much chea
 urses. Faculties need to come up with a procedure and make only "one" textbook required, and others optional. There should be a standard!
 e time I really do not need the book for my course.
ment last semester that was hardly used.
 sor could just use supplemental worksheets.
e had professors make us buy books that we never even open.
ext book, they should not make us buy them. Also, I find paying over $100 for a book I barely use is really ridiculous.

 k for a course (like, Biology) which costs $150 just because perhaps a total of 4 pages differ from the previous edition? It's irritating to get so
se book that we never use. A majority of the professor use power points and that is all we use never the book, which cost the student $90.00
 ase the copy of the book. I would just prefer using a real textbook instead of an online book. I sit in front of a computer all day and i don't n
s cancelled and I never heard about it until I showed up for the first class
 have used it if I wanted to, but perhaps it would have been the same to just borrow it from the library.
ed, then never use them for assignments or tests. These are often great reference books, but could be accessed through the library, or on-lin
ed, then never use them for assignments or tests. These are often great reference books, but could be accessed through the library, or on-lin
ally were difficult to understand, and I ended up searching online for my answers.
 s are "supporting material" vs "required". I have bought supporting material books that were never used in class.
 utive like Calculus. We take Calculus 1,2 and 3. The same book is NOT used throughout all three semesters which is ridiculous. Also, with t
ny of my classes this semester.
 mmended text wasn't used or was used very little. I prefer when professors provide pdf/scanned copies on eLearning of individual chapters
s from which homeworks were assigned, but that all the question were selected to follow a professors lecture materials. In such a situation, a
 got_ it… it "disappeared" in the mail… there are enough book stores in this town that Prof.s should be required to "order" the books in at leas
  "I won't use the book but I'm required to put one down."
munication between the University and the bookstores (including the MSC Bookstore). Many times I have reserved or purchased books that t
 (1 or 2) where my textbook was still in shrink wrap at the end of the semester, due to it never being necessary to use it. Far more common w
 ok, which was not used in class.
 ere never used, still in the shrink wrap. The bookstore also discontinued their selling of them so i could not sell them back.
e used for one week of the semester, and only went over one chapter.
ourse created a "custom" book that is only used in his class. Never used it once nor was it necessary.
nline the professor should have a comment box stating if the textbook will be used in their class.
  I was not allowed to, after wasting close to $80 on it. The textbook industry is just plain unfair and rude. Any purchase is like a slap in the fac
 ok that we have never opened or only opened once.
uired before the semester starts, then after the first day tells the class that the book is for reference only. Which basically means that it only n

 a book you never use which gets a new edition the next semester, thus making yours worthless on the resale market.
 mehow review his material let us know during the summer if indeed we need the book in order for us not to purchase unnecessary books.
 time so I can buy them cheaper online. But sometimes this leads me to purchasing a book that I never use!
money gone to waist.
 ab and a text book when a soft read-only version is included with My Math Lab. In essence, we end up purchasing the book twice. And, we e
  id they were not needed on the first day of class.
 xt directly. In the end I'm studying their PowerPoint instead of cracking a book that I paid too much money for.
ever opened it.
ver even TOUCHED it! I hate professors that make us buy textbooks because they feel like they have to have one to teach.
 his semester I have purchase a USED statistics book that was nearly $200 and we have NEVER used it. I have never even opened my mark

k so we never have to actually use it. Therefor I have wasted 150 bucks for no reason.
  to purchase, I have never used.
  buying them and enver suing them wastes so much of my money.
all. I would prefer not to pay money for the book if I will not even use it. Teacher should say not needed. These books are also much cheape
ext book or not.
dollars for a book that was never used.
book could have been recreated as handouts or been made available through electronic means.
ause it said that it was required and so I would buy one and it was brand new because it was a new edition. I never opened it. When I tried to
 flipped a paged. I have had teachers say "yes you need the book but you can pass without it". So I will buy it so I can make a better grade an
 ped in plastic with a cd so that I could not re-sell. These books tend to be the most expensive kind also.
  THE EDITIONS KEEP ON CHANGING, AND THE FACULTY IS NEVER TOO PRECISE AS TO WHAT EXACTLY WILL BE COVERED, AN

 ere no longer using that edition. made me real angry i wasted 240 bucks
hald my books I do not use.
al" that is optional for you to read?
et an "online lab" like some math classes and that cost 60+ dollars and hardly if ever use it. Its a waste of money. Being a college student I do
 I never opened and got 40-50 trade in for them
. Purchasing over priced and not needed text books just adds that much more stress on the already existant financial strain of college.

 rom professors lectures there is no need for text books.
s before school starts to make sure I have them, then the professor will sometimes tell you that you do not need one. That's a lot of money wa
his happen several times. Or they say "refer to the book" and they've based their powerpoints word for word and the book is completely unne
nded up in my closet.

 never used it, or the test were never from the book, I was out almost 200 bucks on books, that i never used, then sold them back and they on
 ed and the examns were from the lecture.

will use it before we have to buy it!!!
 a textbook for the class, insisting we will need it. But there have been many times when he or she never references the book or the book is n
 once or twice.. but pay over 140 for one book
CD that we used, but I never opened my book. They got a new book so I couldn't even sell it back! Almost $200 I feel like I wasted. I ended up
  books for certain courses, and then we have never opened the book either due to the teacher not liking the material it covered or we never c

he book before the first day of class, the professor told us we would never use the book, he just assigned the text because he wanted to mak
e cost of textbooks is becoming extremely ridiculous. I have had teachers request books that may or may not get used. The college book stor
  eturned later after the semester is over?
uch or how often we get ripped off or just plain screwed.
However, I find that having access to ISBN for texts is beneficial for the purchase of International versions of these texts. The difference in pr
 sly bought a book, and left it in its wrap, like new. Even more infuriating was that the book despite being in mint conditions and in wrap, it wa
 ied because they weren't accepting books due to the semester still being ongoing. I didn't know that this policy existed and had I been warne
w and in transferring here I have spent more on books than at any other high education facility I have been to. The past 3 years I have spent
 m and sell them back at a low price!
  and it's still sitting on my self NOT being used.
nd 2 of my teachers use older versions that w cannot buy in our bookstore.
give you hand outs or they have power points that have all the information you need for the class. It is very frustrating when you spend $100
us a book is required for the course, but as time goes on it becomes apparent that they test only from the notes they provide, and so the book
 books and only using one of them occasionally makes it extremely difficult to justify buying books at all.
  the proffessor never assigned anything out of it and covered it in class. It is a waste of money to purchase those books for classes like that.
as required to purchase this semester.
 n I have had a teacher require a textbook then decide they did not have time to cover the material and I never used it.

  a book, that half way through the sememster my teacher said and I quote, "yeah, this book isn't even necessary, but they like us to have a te

ust have selected that was of no use to me other than the problems at the end of the sections that were used for homework problems. The su
ed and only once refrenced.
hat it isn't to say that the students never needed to use it.
 ause the class was lecture based.
sor should issue warnings that there is a chance that you may not need the textbook, but the risk is on the student.
 UIRE professors to assign textbooks even if they don't plan on using them.
 i have never opened.

r to class starting if they aren't going to use it.
sential to succeed in class, but was never assigned any reading from the book.
 or a class, and never even removed it from the wrapping.
 tore website listed a textbook that I did not need, as I found out on the first day of class.
re. Then when you don't use them it is even more annoying because you can sell them back but for hardly the amount you paid originally. I w
quite frustrating either selling it back to a bookstore for dirt cheap or selling it to another student at about half price...

e book s themselves
 k where we only used a few chapters or selections from it.
 hnical and irrelevant.
 g that we will have enough time in the course to read them and we never do. As a result, we are left with brand new, never been used text bo
re it because the university makes them. And that if we haven't bought it, then don't.
 currently have purchased an economics textbook for grad school ($130) that I have used once.
o the prof but some claim to use a book and have never mentioned needing it or having to read it or anything about it besides saying you hav
 re not used at all, but many many more list books as required and only list a few pages and/or are not necessary for the class.
 re "REQUIRED" as per the MSC's bookstore site, and yet these books sit unusued on my shelf. Why? The professor "hadnt decided yet" whe
orks are given from the textbooks, so the problem statement can be found only from the textbook


e purchased with the exception of books purchased for an economics and geography class.

have purchased expensive books that I never used (like a class I'm in now, and I'll never use the book). I have also purchased books rarely u
 used once...briefly.
 ere hardly used at all
 uy this book. Come to find out, he only ask one question from the test about the book. This happened multiple times
 oks If we don't use them, I'm tired of wasting my money and when I sell my books back I get nothing near what I paid for them.
rs and did not learn of this till it was time to read the chapter...
 as required for the class. I understand that recommended books fall under a different category.
 ot be used as the primary reference and then the mandatory textbook that is never used is a waste.
 hase and the TA just prints out a differnet copy out of the book that we all write on that has the same information as the book. I not only do no
he course, it was a very expensive one too, which was not available used.
 r if they suggested another book for their class/section of the class.
 supply of used books.
 required", but was then told at class that I did not need it.
or all sections of a class, but they are actually only needed for the sections taught by one particular professor. I have also been required to bu
 d new textbooks


 oks and others have required. I have had classes where the required textbooks were not used at all. This semester I have spent 95 dollars o
n notes in which we will be tested over and only assign homework problems from the book. If they could just scan the homework problems an
and never once did I open it. This has happened several times. Then when I go to sell it back, they give me $90 for a brand spanking new bo
do we have to pay too much for them, when we try to sell them back either we are lucky to get six to seven dollars back for something we spe
sed it once or twice.
  groupwork, online hw (also required to buy), that i literally never opened my book. bought it for 200 and sold it for 80...$120 down the drain.
 there has been at least 1-2 books per semester that I never open or use very little.
 that the class depends on this book, and its never opened. This has happened numerous times throughout my time here.
 at are never used

 to pass the class or do well in the class, and then end up never even opening them.... i have sold back books that have the wrapper still on t
use or rarely use, and often that book is brand new, way over priced and then to top that off the book store will not allow me to sell it back be
 it was supposed to be essential" but it was never used.
  that I've never had to use. This has lead to me not purchasing any textbooks until about 2-3 weeks into the semester, so I won't be wasting
 as never used, but I have had to frequently purchase textbooks that were rarely used.
 book or something listed for the class and sometimes it ends up not being used at all. Then I lose out on 50 or more dollars.
 , it is very unhelpful and poorly organized.
n't need one they should say they don't need one. The publishers are too pushy getting professors to endorse their textbooks
 tbooks until I know that I need them.
made in class and can supplement with example and practices, but they tend to be to expensive for what they offer. Really depends on the p
 ng you that you need the required text, and at the end of the semester you sell the book back still in the plastic wrapping for hopefully half of
ow much you need the book on the first day of class, unfortunately, that's usually too late if you do need it, a lot of the good deals are gone by
 don't even test you on or don't help at all!
  after talking to my professor he made it clear that the book listed was the wrong one so that being said i didn't purchase the book even thoug
yllabus but it doesn't ever get used throughout the year.
needed to do well in the class. Shortly after the return period on the book is expired, the teacher will make an announcement that the book is
 syllabus that the textbook would be a critical element to test questions and understanding the course, but it was not needed and lecture supp
 sonal reference.
 urses but I did not buy them.
of there or nothing at all. I am a person that reads chapters when assigned. One teacher told me to only the parts of the chapter she had pp
sed, but also one that we only used 1 or 2 chapters from. Then the bookstore didn't buy them back!
s that I NEVER read, since exam questions were basically based over power points and lecture.
ok that cost over a hundred dollars that I did not use and that was because my prof at the beginning said we needed it and at the end we neve
  informed we didn't really HAVE to use it if we don't want to. Or the book was used so little that I could have just checked it out from the librar
 ause of what little they were going to be used in class.
y used a few times, or that were only to be used for a few chapters.
use the textbook. Most used the textbook only a few times.
 y bucks, and literally never unwrap the book? I'm talking to YOU, Earth: Portrait of a Planet.
 or my classes. The Bookstore staff was very accommodating.
 use the professor takes a few test questions from the textbook. However, the amount of use versus the cost is unreasonable.
n it should be used that whole semester. If it will only be needed for a week or two, then it should just be published online or it could be readi
2-3 books and lab book - we only used one of the books.
 of the professors would let the class know that the book was not required sometime during the first week of class.
 ffered less than 10% of what I bought it for, an unopened book too!
 otal of around $450, and was told by my professors that I would be using these books heavily during the course. Midway through the semest
ok. After the first week the professor said that we would not have to use the book, because the test would be strictly from the notes.
 the book is just for reference or not. If I don't need the book for my grade in that class then why should I buy it?
n to the question of the textbook!Paradoxically, the solution is usually more expensive than the textbook cuz its larger size.
 ooks that aren't used because they aren't "needed" in my opinion. However, MANY classes use books that are needed and professors (mine
book, when you take four to six classes it gets ridiculous!

 e next year with slighty different page numbers so i couldnt sell mine back
 of "non-engineering" books that are still required purchases.
 y any books at all unless I am certain I will use it. This is typically 1-2 weeks into the semester, which often causes problems with early class
on from the chapters into their lectures (and powerpoint slides). And more often than not, their exams only are as in-depth as their own summ
sed.... We might have used like a page or two. This meant that you had to remove the shrinkwrap making it impossible to return
 d most of the ones that I have "used" were only opened once for an assignment or something!
onal but they recommended it and thought it would be helpful, but I never used it and then I couldn't sell the book back at the end of the seme
 t by without ever using the book.

ded, if you want to read and better your grade that is an individuals prerogative.


e textbooks I have bought for classes that say they are required. I'll usually buy 5 or 6 books a semester and only end up using 1 or 2.
ws you to see the book list for classes, and it specifies which ones are required. It is obvious that the bookstore does not check with the prof
hey are required for use in the class, if then.
cle based rather than textbook. I'm in my second year, and so far I have actually only been REQUIRED to purchase a couple textbooks, whic

e want to stay in bed forever and become clinically depressed. especially when the textbook will not be used. that makes me even more dep
t only a "required" book list.
s should definately be informed that the book's purpose is purely supplimental, when that supplimental information won't be of much to any a

ks I bought were brand new and were only used once costing me hundreds of dollars. I also recently purchased books online to get them che
ut if I wait to find that out then the prices of a textbook, even used doubles or it is hard to find!
  required or not used very often, but profs are pretty good about saying that the book is actually optional

ost more than $200. These books are often still in the wrapper upon completion of the class. Guiana an astronomical waste of money that mo
didn't really need the textbook and only used it once or twice instead of searching the internet for stuff I need. On the other hand, as an Engin
e more accurate about if a textbook is required for the class. I have bought a textbook because the website said it was required, when really
want it to be well used. It has to be worth it.
 ers in wrapping. It was not even bound.
 at were never used.
can boost book sales, and while I sympathize, my mounting debt doesn't.
LY used, however.
 sted or something? I do not have $200 to spend on a textbook that they think is good "side reading" or even one that "reinforces what we lea
k was needed, but throughout the semester, he said he did not like the way the textbook showed or explained something. By the end of the se
we end up not putting them to good use. At the end of the semester when I try to sell them back to the bookstores, they refuse to accept the b
 d it useful to have. Others require one or more textbooks, but they explain things so well during class, I never had to even open them.
 ut quite frequently we never use them. Sometimes I never even have to open the book.
 nd on the first day of class about how we HAVE to have the textbook, only to then buy it and never use it, and still make an A! It's ridiculous!
 e textbook assigned for the course will not be used.
 ing, and are usually rarely used at all.

ook/s but it's really bothersome when I buy the textbook and don't use it, and when I sell it back I still don't even get half what I paid.

 't needed because tests would follow lectures and nothing from text book
of a book almost every semester when the previous material was sufficient.
  textbooks that were not actually required-- the school made an error posting our list and by the time it was corrected, because the class bou
 er used, although was referred to. Teacher did not pull test questions from the book, only her powerpoints.
 m the notes and so the book will never be used, but the professor will advise and tell you to buy the book.
k and so as a student i keep it only to find that there is nothing in the book that i needed for the test.
 ook's online portal for study guide/quizzes/animations. If a used book is purchased, an access codes need to be bought separately online.
the textbook to do well on the tests," when in reality, it might help, but its not essential. It's also definetely not worth it when there are online r
he textbook by the end of the semester and I had to sell it at a significant loss

whether we need the books or not. Every semester I personally ask my teachers if I REALLY need the books because usually, it will mean n

or gives more input and detail than it does.My Arts History Survey II book is useless. it doesnt tell me anything about the themes that are in t
ok is going to be used. Theres no reason to spend $100 on a book you never open.
 chased a book that was required but when I get to class, it will never be used or mentioned.
 ot use it, and then get very little money when I try to sell it back to the bookstore at the end of the year.
EMESTER ENGINEER WAS OVER $1,200!!!!
ating the course list and then revealed later that it wasn't actually going to be used. He claimed it was so we would have a reference if we eve
 dents that an ebook option is available in their syllabus.



own books for their classes.
n't require the work out of it.

professor stated that the textbook may be used as a reference; in most of these cases, the book was not necessary.
here the textbook cost more than $200. That is absolutely ridiculous, unnecessary, and inconsiderate.
rence, but overall, it was pointless because you could get that information elsewhere.
ntal material or clearly state that a textbook is optional.
n and so far I have used every textbook I have purchased.
 t I never pick up the textbook, except to resell at a significantly lower price than I paid.
sses that were never used ended up costing me nearly $1000.00, the reason for this was that the professors either had online text books or s
 ave in order to pass the class and I have made either an A or a B without ever opening the book.

ned, and I received an A in the class.
e beginning of the year. To be honest, I don't know the title of the book. It's just sitting there.
ttended the first class session to ensure that I will need the text book.
o justify the cost, not never used.
because I will buy a textbook and maybe use it once or sometimes not at all.

or 3 classes. I don't know if buying a 2000 page book for a 20 page reference makes sense.
a lot and it was a new edition so I had no choice but to buy it full price.

extbook will be needed for a course. There are many times when a textbook will be "required," yet you can do just fine without it.
 open them. The profs suggested using them to supplement in class lectures and slides, but I never did. And they didn't have required readin
oney to purchase a book especially when professors inform students 2 weeks into the course that the books will not be used. WHY NOT USE
 s on my required reading list, barely cracked the cover while taking the class and have never referenced it after I passed the class.
  professor tells us to purchase a book and we never use it.


 directions above.
 terial that I feel could have simply been made available to us in a copy.
ooks they should not require us to buy them. It is very hard for those of us who don't have the money.
ooks they should not require us to buy them. It is very hard for those of us who don't have the money.
will not be used much or at all in the class
 t the professor wants, so it is frustrating finding out you have to return a book and do your own shopping for a book that the stores do not hav

a false commodity.
hat was taught in lectures.
 geous. I am taking EDAD 500 and we need to buy a total of 5 books for a 8 weeks course. Three of the required books cost over $100.00 e

he whole semester, and some cannot be sold back because you have to rip pages out for the 2 assignments you do such as in ENGR 111.
on websites that were never used.
e "required" textbook until I actually need it.

  class notes, they are cheaper and easier to use without worrying about selling them back in good condition
ok, we were forced to buy an online homework that doesnt work half the time and confuses me more than it helps. I dont think its right that I p
 , open it once to use the tear-out pages in the back for one single assignment, and then not be able to sell it back.
 king use the book consistently - the other two use the once in a blue moon.
ok that I didn't use. If I didn't use the book it was my own fault for not being an active participant in my education.

 that each student will need a book and material from the textbook will be on test. After the first test nothing on the book was on it. Disappoint

cost way too much for the little material I actually use out of them.
 is necessary. If you do not buy it, you worry about the exam. If you buy it, it seems you will never open it...
 extbook if the majority of our material will come from separate lecture notes. Especially when the professor teaching the class is an author o
red to tell students to purchase the book, even if they know the class will not use it.
book is not necessary.
han when the course work is handed out they don't assign readings and the material in the book is not covered in class/tests.

o buy $100 worth of Anthropology books for my Anthropology class that my teacher said we would never use. I returned them in time luckily t



ed because lecture is sufficient
 udget :/) and hardly used for the class. Either provide the textbook in electronic form if used seldomly, or use the required book more during
 book when it's like only a $10-$20 difference.
 is just retaught in class.
ut we did not have to use the book. If the lecturer is good, the book is not needed. Homework problems are the only use for the physics textb
t never used. It was also very similar in content to an ECON 202. I think the same book could have been used for both classes, saving stude
k was listed on the course text list and I purchased it, only to start the class and all of the readings are provided via PDF copies from the book
 om my prof's notes. If that is the case more books should be marked as optional instead of required so I save 300 bucks.

tend to actually use a book. The only textbooks I've actually used were from getting assignments from ie math problems, etc.
 the university requires that a book be assigned for certain classes. If a professor doesn't need a book he'll simply assign one and never use
m referred to.
two, which photocopies have then made available.

  will be used and never use it. I've bought books that I literally did not open.
  be found electronically online. A good example of this is Chemistry OWL packets that must be bought. They cost over $100 dollars and inc
ere nothing was ever referenced, required, or even hinted towards. I asked why we had to buy it and my professor said we should read it just
r distribution of textbooks so students don't have to spend hours looking for good used textbook deals on sites like Amazon.
 or did not tell us was unnessesary until the second week, when I could no longer return it. That is a quarter of my food budget for a semeste
 rely referenced the textbook, the vast majority of the classes did use the textbook. Most of my experiences of being upset for buying a book I
 te school for a course and then never used the book. However, this happened numerous times in during my undergraduate years.
 rely referenced the textbook, the vast majority of the classes did use the textbook. Most of my experiences of being upset for buying a book I
  from it, then never use it again. One chapter is not worth $50, in my opinion.
me of text, and none of it even appeared on the test, so I quit reading.
 e teachers give us. The book is just more additional stuff to learn, which we wont be rewarded with knowing.
n Geography. Only used textbooks in History and Core ENGR classes.
om the MSC for a class, and it didn't get in until like the 7th week of school.
  er use it (and can't return it to the bookstore). A lot of professors lecture straight off the slides in class, and you don't have to use the book to

ether or not they actually use the textbook. i've had so many classes where i spend $100+ on a textbook, only to be taught from the professo
ater just say it's "recommended reading." It's slightly annoying when you don't use it at all during the semester.
gn text books but they're not always needed to do well on tests.
 the book is needed.
most every semester i've spent over $500 on books i have never touched!

 t the beginning of the semester that the text is required but throughout the course of the semester, the textbook is not followed and rarely is a
  the book, it's too late to return it.
 us if the required textbook will be "heavily, moderately, or lightly" used, or something in this fashion.

es is unnecessary. usually those are the ones that cost more. It'd be great if we could get a bigger refund for the condition of the books. Som
e majority of my computer science textbooks are redundant and only marginally helpful. Most of the test material comes from lecture slides,

or certain class you need the book the first week of class and if you don't order it before classes you'll be stuck, while for other classes you ne

xtbooks that were "required" but never used.
d the book often and it was never referenced.
  year i knew nothing about buying used books.
en it once! Made me angry :/
 are well underway before I buy a textbook if it costs over $100, especially if it is for an elective course.
re absolutely necessary to pass a course, there have been some books which I rarely used and only for supplemental learning. It would have
oks cost. I bough a $100 book which was never used and the lecturer never intended to use it!
 tudents already strongly taxed financially.
used, so it's a bit frustrating to spend tons of money for something I never use.
 textbook, so an online version would be better.

y never even had to open it.
extbooks, so I have had to go without.
ook, but we had to pay a huge fee for an e-book. Personally, I hate e-books, and not once did I access the e-book. I would have MUCH rath
ed the purchase of a book from the "Required Textbooks" found on the MSC Bookstore website. However, when the semester began the pro
 ry to purchase mine early so that I can get used ones but I still end up with some new ones as well..I think the textbook companies just do th
ase text books for classes and never used them. More frequently, I was required to purchase a text book for only a few pages of information.


letely useless

ok is "required" or "suggested" they often indicate "required" no matter what, thinking most students won't buy the book until class starts anyw
 re never used. Most of the time it's one that is written by that professor, so I think they are doing it to make the money off of it.
xt, but not refer to it, and teach from notes; but we had the text 'just in case'. Unfortunately, the nomenclature he/she used was sometimes dif
 e book, but it includes a lot more material than we actually cover and are required to know. Therefore, I don't always use the textbook to prep
  nd talked to the professor then I would have found out that i didnt need to purchase the textbook.
mputer software that were required for my music class.
  re classes that everyone has to take.
k, but in a couple of classes we rarely used our books. Also, I have had a teacher not require a textbook since he would go over everything w
  ot to class the teachers would say they werent needed or that they were completely wrong
k, I have never NEVER received one. Each year I have to pay hundreds of dollars to buy new ones.
  s until I'm assigned homework and or reading out of them. The vast majority of my sophmore and junior level classes never referenced the t
r two assignments that could have been copied and handed out.
 s that are very expensive. I believe that as Aggies, we should be encouraging quality education with quality of books, not luxury of books. Ov
 o much cheaper. I have also resulted to buying international/older editions.
  set by keeping fees stable.
  a textbook as required for a course even if it might only be a good supplemental source for students that need more help.
  they shouldn't be forced by their department to assign one anyways. Also, teachers should be required to send an email to the class before
 ing and of no help, i just go online to learn things because i don't learn well from the lectures.
 sses per semester.
 tbooks I ever used were for my math classes and two or three meteorology classes. I stopped buying textbooks after my first semester, beca

 , professors should not say it is mandatory to buy books, there should be alternatives.
 ks the first week and do not inform us that their notes will be completely different from the book and that they will rarely use it as a reference.
l that even if a professor only takes material from one chapter of the book - I enjoy being able to read it because it lends -often- a different pe
nd textbooks are not a necessity anymore.
we end up never using it. It is good to have in case you need to look something up, but if you never use it, it is a very expensive dust collecto
 udents money on books they will not need to keep after the semester they pass the course in.
 udents money on books they will not need to keep after the semester they pass the course in.
d books that were rarely or never used
nd or third week of classes.
ok purchases while attending A&M. Also, when a textbook was put to use it was often only as a source for homework problems.If a lecturer's
  ing a textbook, they shouldn't require me to purchase it. I have spent hundreds of dollars on text books that I never even opened, only to sell
(except as an oversized paperweight). I say this book was useless because it wasn't even on the right topic (bad content unrelated to Linear
   assigned, or had "cheaper" suggestions. One book was fully never used.
ook by accident, and neglected to tell anyone untill the first week of school when many had already purchased the book.
 ut I have still never used them.
   I wait until the first day of class to see if the professor says I really need the book. Half of the time the professor says you need the book, yo
  the courses have been useful :)
y textbooks the professors listed in the syllabus. I bought textbooks about $250 in total for the courses I took in the first semester, but I didn't
 equired" and yet we never even need to use them. Also, it wastes tons of money when you only use the textbook like 3 times the whole year

 the courses I have taken so far. The only ones I have consistently used are math, economics, accounting, and political science.
idn't tell us we really didn't need it, but it still came in handy for review for tests.
 or them and sometimes we never open them, because they post some slides int the school's webcite
1.its rather a study guide, but even so, i have not really used it and instead perfer to go to SI.
 xams come from the lecture there is no reason for students to have to purchase the newest edition of the book that costs $100 more than the
gnificantly more than others that may have been used. I did not find out until I attended class.
y those on campus, would buy them back for more than a ridiculously small fraction of their original value. I haven't used an on-campus book
 the classes I would take based assessment off of in-class lecture alone.
ed the book. Or return it within a week and this shouldn't happen.
 keep for self enrichment are those for my major.
was only assigned to read a few pages.
use the book and I was able to return the book to the MSC Bookstore.
 nly teach from material they have already planned out and do not conform to the curriculum of a book. Books are essentially used as a refer
nder Texas A&M's bookstore of which books are REQUIRED for my classes and then once I begin in that class I am informed that I won't be
ok when they don't even know if they are going to use it. Stop making us waste even more money than we already are!
 ss in the class. bought it, never used it, passed class just fine.
have not used, nor will I use for the whole semester. This isn't the first time this has happened to me.
 re then later said to be only "suggested" and never used
en buy it back.

 at a class never used.
 s needed to be read in each book before the class starts.
 uired to read, the material was difficult to read.
as rarely or never used since it was not essential to the course.

 had three classes in which I purchased a textbook which I never used. The absurdity is crushing me.
xpensive textbooks when students can easily do well in a class by just studying the class lectures.
ooks and access codes for classes I do not end up using. If a professor knows they won't use it, I shouldn't have to buy it.
f of the textbook for the class. That's half of the cost! Couldn't there be a way to just pay for the pages we needed or share the chapters we u
ve to buy them brand new is because the editions continue to change.
but the only reason was for homework problems that were required in each chapter. It cost over $200, and I feel these problems could have
he textbook is absolutely neccessary for a class, but a lot of the time teachers hardly use them or I am able to share with another student an
n get half of the money back.

 e bought, thus far. Complete waste.
ooks that I have not opened once. It's ridiculous.
 homework out of the book

 ear at Texas A&M, I can count on one hand the number of useful textbooks that I have purchased out of nearly 90 course hours..
his is quite limited.
ed to open or never needed to open.
chase the books and they are seldom or never used.
 epartment head off of his ass.
ey end up going through the semester unused and brand new, but when you take it back to the bookstore to sell them back, you don't even g
 f math and science courses, even if not extensively used in the class, have gone back and used as a reference.
  a course that were never used.
nce and math courses that were never used. Then there were some classes where only a couple pages were assigned making the $60 a com
ey on a book and then never even open it for the class. Even when I have to use it, I never think it is worth what I had to pay most the time.

 ness), BMEN 231 (Comparative Biomechanics) that I didn't use.
 siest steps to solving all the problems which my textbook unfortunately lacks. I hope that the course instructor get a say in what book will ma
e professors at the beginning of the semester if I can get by with using the book on reserve, or if I absolutely need the book for myself.
e professors at the beginning of the semester if I can get by with using the book on reserve, or if I absolutely need the book for myself.
spending the amount of money I did pay for it.
 g were journal articles.
 e or two chapters of the books were used and we had to purchase several books for this reason.
 is very frusterating
 would be able to share more. Or if proffs would accommodate older versions within reason.
 oks and they are rarely used!
osts over $100 and I never use it. Then I can't return it because the bookstore doesn't want it.
 omework system has the book available to use online. I spent $120 for nothing.
ter of this scholastic year, I've used every single textbook I purchased.
ecause the professor says you DO NEED TO BUY IT and at the end we dont end up using it. there goes 160 dollars
e a book that was never or rarely used in the course. Professors get their reading material off of the web or from their own notes.
 ngly suggested purchase, but rarely used. We can return them though.
 s the code in came with to get online access to homework. A couple of us asked if we could just buy the code and he advised we will need th

 en a professor assins a book and then does not use it once. I have wasted hundreds of dollars just this semester. I am perfectly okay with bu
rying to sell it back, you make get it for 15% of the price you paid!
600- $700 dollars on books that I maybe touch once and that is a strong maybe. It is really frustrating especially when I maybe get back a hu
at hasn't been used, so far this year I've used every textbook I've bought
e I am taking this semester, and I could get an A in the class easily without the book. My professor told me we needed to purchase the book,
expensive texbook and then my professor informed me it was not needed.
oks. What's even worse is that when you sell them back you rarely get any money back yet they sell it at a much higher price.
 more often, nowdays I go to class the first 3 weeks without books and I end up realizing in which classes I'll be using them or not, since I don
 is optional, or that they don't follow it directly until after the first week of classes when you can't get your full money back.
n from the book. So when going to lecture it is like reading the book.
 selecting my classes and buying what books the MSC or Loupots thought I would need. I have had several unused books that the teachers s
 more beneficial and more economical.
 or will always say that certain textbooks are required for the course. Within the 4 years Ive been a student at Prairie View, I have used about
he majority of the time we don't even use them.
o much for something I never used and cannot get a full return on. I do not appreciate being led to believe a textbook I can only obtain throug


 d which book they need to use, and the prof doesn't like the book.
 ok assigned for the class, instead opting to go with older books. (For example, the ACCT 327-328 sequence is a two-part class that can use
s that are never used in a class because I have wasted my money plenty of time because of this.
 e that a book remains in circulation and used by professors. It's my understanding that Universities require their professors to write their tex
e only one or two of the 100+ pages were used.
O BE KINDA OF A DOWN PLAY, BECAUSE INSTRUCTORS ARE NOW RESORTING TO ONLINE RESOURCES IN WHICH IN MY OPINIO
  when in fact they are just "suggested" reference material and a cheaper, older version of the book would suffice just fine. Other classes, I bo

 rses new versions of a textbook are constantly coming out. So I've been compelled to buy the newest version on several occasions.
 of powerpoint class notes and I did well in the class without ever having to open the book.
urchased a book and never used, and in one of those classes I had to 2 books.
certain version and year) and never make any reference to them. A cheaper textbook can be bought if that particular edition will not be benefi
 but due to falling behind we never used it.In another class I was told we needed the book, then prof changed mind and said to use it as a ref
m the Prof such as a work book rather than paying $32 for a cheaply made/printed spiral. I could have printed the same thing for a dollar rath
s, but oddly enough, they never get used.I know that I've spent several hundred dollars in the past on books that were not utilized in my unde

eded, and then I never used it.



ever used. Very frustrating when the books cost so much.

ound that the teacher's notes would always go over that material and if there was an assignment using the book it was maybe one assignmen




 y and get no use of it.
 on. Its useless. I would like to see our professors at least providing us with textbooks that enable us to understand it on our level not on their




y a textbook that has little pertinent information to the syllabus.My Biology lecturer covers information in class in power point form which elim
st that chapter from the publisher.



 re than the others and often don't even get to use them. So i'm left with unused books that I can't even sell back.
  are not used or that don't support the course material. I have purchased a book this year (170.00$ appx. value) and the professor constantl
 k for that class, some students have already purchased the book and have incurred a useless cost. I believe if professors saw the text book
ng and notes---Very Confusing. Mike Rose Eng 100--Horrible TeacherAlso the classes I failed.




tell us that we won't even use it. This is a huge waste. If an instructor wants to use other sources to teach with, and not necessarily a textboo
not sell it back either.

 nt to because we were using MyMath Lab online. Luckily I was able to send mine back to get a full refund.In my Critical Thinking class, the p
 kept that book because it was in my field of study. The second time, the professor had chosen not to use 2 of the required 3 books. We also


se work saw that the Instructor used to scan the chapters and send them across, which was really good but then I couldn't understand why w

. Well like everything else education and methods of teaching is constantly evolving so who is to say that this "future reference" will be relev
ble after they are opened.



ch in the end cost us double.
ell you the book is not needed. I have also bought books for online classes and only used them to reference or study for the exam.




mental nature. This is a problem because this is not disclosed prior to the start of the semester when books are already purchased.
card, which has to have never been used. I found out later I didn't have to have those books, and could have gotten a later edition. Each cost
 ORY on the University website.
ok that was "required" or have needed an additional textbook that was not listed on the "required" or "recommended" list.

notes was on the test.



need the book, and she replied that i needed the book and we never cracked opened unless for personal pleasure to read.


e the book for class. There have even been occasions where the professor later stated that the textbook was not needed.


oo much, there was a book for sale in the bookstore, used for $100, and I bought it online for $14. I don't know how they can get away with th

 aid, but I think professors should tell us they are not going to be needed as much.
 t important to the class material.
s have been used. However, I have on class that you buy the book to read 4 chapters out of and thats it. It would be ok but the book is almost
s if they dont think they will be of use....Problem is schools push new stufents to buy all the books early and then you have to take them in for
e notes, why use a book?
ess class) and my computer science:fundamentals of programming class we never used the C++ book.


 the book again. Then we sell it back for $5-$20.




t know they wouldn't be until after the full refund date.


hat was not used at all during the course. I then had to return it and not receive a full refund at the end of the semester.
 books are optional or must have. There has been a few classes that I paid for the book and never opened it at all.

try it again on a later date. Two days passed and I purchased the same math book for $65 because it was used. There was not a scratch on


n't even have to have the book anymore because there is an online addition that we get when we bought the book, we got the activation code



ier edition would work better.
e university bookstore. This is why there are so few used books available, because there is just as much profit in giving your books to someo


ay not be along the same lines as the author of the textbooks. I do not think all teachers review the new textbooks for the year. I believe the
g this semester.
actually going to use in the class and let us know a couple of weeks prior to the begging of class. Many people order on-line or shop some b

he wrong book, so I had to go and buy the other book.

g using that book or that cd and that we need to get a different one. I had already opened up that book and cd because it was on the list of bo


However, I buy a lot of mine used online and a majority of the time they are cheaper than I can get at the bookstore even used.




 t was only $40 and had the chapters that were going to be used.

nal reference if we didn't understand something in class.

t was later (within the first week of the semester) deemed unnecessary, as my particular class was selected to be the "guinea pigs" for the te
ecause our teacher said we would use it and then we never used it.
 d, the requirement of a text that is not used extensively is very rare; most often a book that is required is used and necessary.
ess code in the back to access the remainder of the course. Lois Parrott for Dallas County Community College did this and its perfectly legal.



es, but I have to pay for my own school and books so it is hard to have enough money to spend on both, especially when you don't even use

d then when you try to sell it back, you never get half what you paid for it.

ok, but it was too late to be refunded so I was stuck with a book that I wasn't using any longer.

ng books I never used because classes were cancelled due to not having a teacher for the course or the class didn't make . They told me to


e me money. I have also bought books for upper-level english classes that were not used - normally a misunderstanding with the ordering o

 e of class" but none of the material in the textbook was used for in-class lectures or exams.
opened once for either class.
pages or less of text.

me price, that half ur tuition feels lik books.



spend to read and learn something you just got from another book in the same class!
 using a newer book and the only difference was that the numbering on the problems was different. I have checking back and forth to see.




rough B&N. I dislike that teachers request certain books on there making me think that I will need them when in reality I don't use them throu




 g to spend the money on these expensive books and them not get used or be needed for class.
 used in class. However, I could not simply return the books, I have to wait until the "buy-back" time! I spent approximately $130 which is ab


ores offering them at very reasonable and economical prices.



e to buy books.
 sting 100s of dollars on books that aren't being used a lot. Since I personally don't get enough financial aid or anything and I have to pay ou


 ld text book and giving out out-dated syllabi. It's like they did not get a chance to get aquainted with the new text book. They oftentimes poin
 truly disagree with those instructors because the books are very expensive. As a single parent it is outrageous the price of the textbooks sin
 ion is new books.
books or sometimes they don't even buy them back.




and trees for that matter.
d I am a 3.6 GPA student.

e been worthless. It would have saved me a lot of money
 ath in the family and was replaced by another instructor who is not using these books, but i believe those of us who purchased these books s


 ed. It has saved me almost $500 each semester.


t really makes me upset.
which was the $70.00 textbook. I am very upset that he told me we were going to use the other ones as well and we didn't.


a textbook that we dont even read.
oks have. It is pointless too for us students to have to spend an extra $20 on a textbook to get its "udated edition" which has probably about

tly appreciated. The money that I could have saved on books could have helped me pay my tuition and necessities.
es book. he did not even check to see if we did the activites but i read the book anyway.




urn it because it is 'not a book'. This is a waste of money.




 textbook for each, and each course is making heavy utilization of the textbook material.
 without the use of some of my textbooks. I'm not against reading them, but sometimes professors want students to review their notes, becau
er i bought a book call nutrition for nurses and it was not even used in the class ever.
s semester. We use the book a lot in my current class, and per the syllabus, we will use the book a lot in my next class.


 urchase it, I don't use it. Because what is the point of reading the book if the professor gives all the information you need for the exam on thie

ave been MANY classes that have us purchase a book for well over $100 and we only use the book one time.
 one of the books for the class to do a paper over. They should have stated this either before the term started or at least within the first or eve
supplemental material added as a handout.
was up there is because he was required to put a book down. But he waited till the first day of class when we had all already bought the book




 would have printed off those sections for us.



or any reason.

et money from parents for college...and it gets really hard when everything about college is so expensive. Lowering prices would help a lot.


ks that are never used. Sometimes, you end up buying a book the school thinks that you need and the professor does not. This semester I e




structors stating the textbooks are not very helpful.
ok will be re-sold to another student for at least $70 - $ 80. Not what I'd call an honest system that invigorates trust and confidence in the ace

 becasue of how expensive books are.



uch more convienent to buy them from the college but they do not give enough in the Pell Grant to cover all of the tuition let alone the books.

 ke he was requiring his own text to increase his sales.
education. It is very frustrating to purchase a book that is not used. This semester I am enrolled in BSC 254. We were told by our lab instruct

use it caused me to be ENORMOUSLY behind in my classes and I have had to work night and day to get caught up. Whenever I called I was



f them. It is irritating to look back and see that I could have saved so much money in not purchasing those books.

 rchase books that instructors don't even like to teach from because they "don't cover a lot of the material that will be taught in class" or conta



man(Fall 2010) I purchased 5 textbooks, 3 workbook, and 1 math manipulative kit. Half way through the semester I have yet to use 2 of the w
arted for the teacher to tell us that we needed the book. It has happened more than once.




Oh, well it was more of something for you to look at, but you didn't have to buy it."
e e-book which was another additional cost. Do they really need to update the editions so frequently?




the same US editions at Amazon, Barnes&Noble or other book stores at almost half the cost.So I switched..
class only used one of the books.
re, I was not able to return it.
d've found the material online if i needed to.



WEVER, I am NOT happy paying $130 for a text book. The cost is unreasonable and outrageous.




% of the time, the book is not used or used briefly. Then when you try to sell back the book, you will be lucky to get back 10% of what you sp



more profitable to buy the book or just do without it.

graduate degrees at other institutions.

 of classes. Everything was used from the slides.
oo late because I have already wasted the money on. Some professors lecture from an old version of the textbook and we are told to purchas


ctual need for the textbook to pass the class. Another times it's only for homework, so a textbook in the library to make photocopies would be




ook for that class.




effer to the book only once or twice, well it was very upsetting but not as upsetting as selling the book back for 60% less than what \i originall


e this issue happens a lot because my friends also say the same thing.
op of the $65 I was charged for the ebook, to get a print verison of the book, buy an actual textbook or drag my laptop around all day and hav



 erived from classroom instruction and the use of the ALEKS online tutorial program (which we also had to pay for). The classroom lecture pr
urn it unopened and they would not accept it.

 IT IS NOT FAIR TO MANDATE HOW WE BUY OUR BOOKS. IT SHOULD BE OUR CHOICE. I HAVE TO TAKE OTHER COURSES THAT



nd all I can do is throw the book out or dust it I get upset. It is a huge waste. If we are not going to use the book why switch editions?
nd all I can do is throw the book out or dust it I get upset. It is a huge waste. If we are not going to use the book why switch editions?

 ate excuse as to why the required book was not used (put on required list "for further optional reading by the student").


fficult. No or minimal support for ebooks. A mess this whole semester. Return to books and do away with ebooks.
dered "required" reading causing many first year students to purchase them.
 more information that needed for the particular class or degree.

 e classroom lectures it would be helpful. I feel that the certain professors do not even bother to look at the textbooks and just say that this in

 ee. i asked the library to do this for us regarding Robbins Pathology ... "little Robbins". they could not. Books it would be nice to have access
e LRU is very useful. There are some books that are not on the required list that are actually even more helpful because the material is brok


he main book and either borrowed or purchased the others as needed.

 hools with sufficiant staff to produce their own textbooks. The staff need the publishing opportunity anyway so make that opportunity more e
 y sophomore year of undergrad
he tested material is drawn from lecture, I often would prefer reviewing the material there an additional time rather than delving into a textboo
d, he realized it was useless to us for the class he taught (and every other class taught).



nal textbooks which are available but kind of defeat our goal and the desire to support america.

upplemental' information, instead of 'required' text.




 is expected of them.
  be used the next semester.

y are used only once.

mes than not.
simply b/c its easier to navigate and it gives me a much broader search than just one (very expensive) book.

 y do we have to buy it? We do so much over the internet now, I don't see any reason that a prof. can't get the permissions necessary to uplo

homework, and didn't even have to be brought to the class.




 hen I get behind.
book I had to buy that cost upwards of $30. Then the school resells those books for that same price again, at least give us students a decent
sor and presented in a great powerpoint. I hardly had to open the book for information.


 ssor announces to the class that the book will not be used during the second week of school, when the bookstore does NOT have refunds a



 ots of money for the students so they will not have to suffer with money expenses.
d forth between texts is confusing when the professor doesnt even know the page numbers you should be learning from.
w e-books, I don't have the opportunity to keep the physical book with me for years to come. I cannot afford to print out the books, as I alread



e and must be available as multiple copies in the University library.




hree textbooks which we never used and at the end I only got $40 for all three of them because a "new edition" was coming out.
 e could have bought it for much cheaper online. Also, the book itself and the online test were not utilized in an efficiant way.I was told to purc
optional. There should be a standard! However, most professors use their own textbooks to earn money. This is extremely unethical!




 ly ridiculous.

evious edition? It's irritating to get so screwed over by the bookstores --- you're required to purchase this expensive book and you're lucky to
 book, which cost the student $90.00 to $150.00.
ont of a computer all day and i don't need to be on a computer in the evenings.


ccessed through the library, or on-line. In addition, most of us have a pretty extensive labrary of reference books that we already own.
ccessed through the library, or on-line. In addition, most of us have a pretty extensive labrary of reference books that we already own.


 sters which is ridiculous. Also, with the amount of online homework, we can purchase the code to do our online assignments and the online

 on eLearning of individual chapters from texts that will only be referenced or are "additional readings". Sometimes professors forget that gr
cture materials. In such a situation, a professor merely copying the questions out for students would be a bit more work for them, but a big sa
quired to "order" the books in at least one of them… just telling the class "order it from Amazon" is unacceptable IMO.

e reserved or purchased books that the bookstores list as required that end up never being a part of the class.In addition, I have had instructo
essary to use it. Far more common was the trend of having us purchase textbooks that were never mentioned in class or the notes, but were

not sell them back.



 Any purchase is like a slap in the face.

 Which basically means that it only needs to be used if we do not understand the material as taught in class.

esale market.
t to purchase unnecessary books.


purchasing the book twice. And, we end up ONLY doing homework in My Math Lab, thus never even needing the book in the first place. Also



 have one to teach.
 . I have never even opened my marketing book either.




  These books are also much cheaper to order on-line. I would like the teacher to post the books(with picture to help identify) needed earlie



on. I never opened it. When I tried to sell it back I only $15 for a brand new, never opened $160 textbook. Wasn't too happy about that.
buy it so I can make a better grade and never use it.

 EXACTLY WILL BE COVERED, AND THE BOOKS ARE NOT CHEAP AT ALL, NEITHER IS THEIR BUY BACK PRICE !




f money. Being a college student I do not have money to waste!

 tant financial strain of college.


ot need one. That's a lot of money wasted.
ord and the book is completely unnecessary.


sed, then sold them back and they only took 1 book for 30 bucks! A waste of my college money.
 references the book or the book is not even mentioned on the exam. If the exams are just over class notes and the book is just supplementa

st $200 I feel like I wasted. I ended up giving my book to a friend who was taking the same class so she didn't have to waste her money on a
 the material it covered or we never covered any of it.

d the text because he wanted to make the deans happy. He made it seem like professors are told to require a text even if they don't include it
y not get used. The college book stores are losing out on money because students are seeking other sources for textbooks. I personally thin


s of these texts. The difference in pricing for example $246.00 at the bookstore versus $54.00 International version on ebay. All Internationa
 in mint conditions and in wrap, it was now considered "Used."
 policy existed and had I been warned or at least notified on my recipt, I wouldn't have purchased the book.
en to. The past 3 years I have spent over 200+ on books. Some of the books were rarely used, a few not even cracked. I sucks to spend $27



 ry frustrating when you spend $100 or more on a USED book and never even need to crack it open.
e notes they provide, and so the book ends up serving no purpose. Additionally, many times, I have been told by the bookstore that a book is

 se those books for classes like that.

never used it.

ecessary, but they like us to have a text book reference."

used for homework problems. The summary of the material was insufficient and or confusing and therefore was not used in class at all. See




 ly the amount you paid originally. I wish teachers would come up with a better way to use them and teach otherwise.




h brand new, never been used text books. And because they were just ordered for that specific class, most textbook stores will not buy them


hing about it besides saying you have to have it
ecessary for the class.
he professor "hadnt decided yet" whether to use them, and conveniently by the time the announcement was made that the books wouldnt be




I have also purchased books rarely used in the class, but I use it as a reference because it relates to my field.



ar what I paid for them.



ormation as the book. I not only do not use the book but it does not even go to class with me.




essor. I have also been required to buy textbooks that I never once used in class because the professor was the author, and he took approxim



 s semester I have spent 95 dollars on a textbook that I still haven't even opened. Most of the materials for the test were from notes. I believe
just scan the homework problems and post them on eLearning there would be no point in buying the book. NOTE: I did my undergraduate at
me $90 for a brand spanking new book that was never opened.
en dollars back for something we spent well over one hundred dollars for, or the publishers and the colleges decide to change to a newer ver

 sold it for 80...$120 down the drain...

hout my time here.


books that have the wrapper still on them.
 re will not allow me to sell it back because there is going to be a new edition next semester.

 the semester, so I won't be wasting money on books I don't need. However, I still end up wasting money on textbooks, and because of wait

n 50 or more dollars.

dorse their textbooks

t they offer. Really depends on the professor and the class.
plastic wrapping for hopefully half of what you paid for it.
t, a lot of the good deals are gone by then, and if you need it promptly, you don't have time to shop around.

 didn't purchase the book even thought it was reserved for me.

ke an announcement that the book is just recommended and to do well in the class you just need to go over their notes. Its a huge conspirac
ut it was not needed and lecture supplements provided were all that was needed.
y the parts of the chapter she had ppt slides over but that was only about 6 paragraphs of the whole chapter and she covered them so thorou


 we needed it and at the end we never even touched it because all of our notes was on her lectures. I don't think that is fair for people on sch
ave just checked it out from the library.




cost is unreasonable.
published online or it could be readings that students can easily obtain online.



 course. Midway through the semester, I realize that I really only use one of these four books.
d be strictly from the notes.

cuz its larger size.
hat are needed and professors (mine, so far) have picked books for the classes I have taken that are pretty easy to read and follow.




ten causes problems with early class assignments.
nly are as in-depth as their own summary. So, while the text "required" in many classes does contain matter germane to the course, it is ofte
g it impossible to return

 he book back at the end of the semester because they had a new edition. Also I don't know how hard the course is going to be at the beginn




 and only end up using 1 or 2.
ookstore does not check with the professors since one the first day of classes the professors say that the books aren't needed. Most people p

o purchase a couple textbooks, which were used. However, there were plenty of recommended/highly encouraged books that were not used

used. that makes me even more depressed having to sell it back and only receiving a small portion of what i paid for. it is a rip off.

 nformation won't be of much to any aid in the class room on exams for that course.

chased books online to get them cheaper but ending up wasting that money as well because the class is not using the textbooks it listed as r



astronomical waste of money that most college students do not have.
 eed. On the other hand, as an Engineering student, I am keeping most of my major course textbooks and intend to use them as references
 ite said it was required, when really my professor only required the online textbook accounts.
 ven one that "reinforces what we learned in class". I feel like the professor should be able to teach the information we need to know in the cla
ained something. By the end of the semester, the textbook had never been opened, but I still only got half of the money back because it was
ookstores, they refuse to accept the book, knowing that they will not be bought afterwards.When I tried to buy course books ahead of time, th
never had to even open them.

t, and still make an A! It's ridiculous!



n't even get half what I paid.



was corrected, because the class bought them online to save money none of us were able to return them. We had purchased them on Amazo



eed to be bought separately online.
 y not worth it when there are online resources or something other than the book that can be useful and CHEAPER.


 ooks because usually, it will mean not having the ability to pay my rent on time or not buying groceries for a week. Thankfully, God has enab

nything about the themes that are in the art, only who produced it, who paid for it, and where it is.




 we would have a reference if we ever needed one.




 sors either had online text books or simply they preferred to teach the course without text material. I was able to return some books but most
 an do just fine without it.
 And they didn't have required readings.
ooks will not be used. WHY NOT USE E-BOOKS.
d it after I passed the class.




 for a book that the stores do not have in stock.



e required books cost over $100.00 each. I am spending a total of over $400.00 for book for one class.

ents you do such as in ENGR 111.




 n it helps. I dont think its right that I pay for this class then have to pay even more for a program that doesnt work half the time and wont allow




ng on the book was on it. Disappointing.



ssor teaching the class is an author of the book!


overed in class/tests.

 use. I returned them in time luckily though and bought the book we actually needed for only $15 on Amazon.com.




or use the required book more during the class so it doesn't feel like a waste.


are the only use for the physics textbook.
n used for both classes, saving students a lot of money.
ovided via PDF copies from the book. Sometimes you may decide to wait to buy the book until you get to class and determine if you will nee
 save 300 bucks.

e math problems, etc.
 e'll simply assign one and never use it. Some warn you the first day of class. Others say it will be "supplementary" material, and they will nev




  They cost over $100 dollars and include an e-book. The additional textbook also costs over $100.
  professor said we should read it just because. That infuriated me
n sites like Amazon.
 rter of my food budget for a semester.
 es of being upset for buying a book I never used turned out to be times I was too lazy to do the assigned reading in retrospect.
  my undergraduate years.
 es of being upset for buying a book I never used turned out to be times I was too lazy to do the assigned reading in retrospect.




nd you don't have to use the book to study/read for the tests.

, only to be taught from the professor's powerpoint slides the entire semester.




extbook is not followed and rarely is applicable to the material discussed in class. While a textbook always contains the "same" material taug



d for the condition of the books. Sometimes books aren't even cracked. It's ridiculous to pay so much, get so little, and not have needed it at
t material comes from lecture slides, and the programming assignments generally cover it as well.I am also doing a business minor, and I fee

 stuck, while for other classes you never use a textbook that you are told is "required".




 supplemental learning. It would have been possible to get a good grade in those courses by just attending lectures and looking over slides p




he e-book. I would have MUCH rather paid a little extra money for a real book: then I could have much more easily looked up materials AND
er, when the semester began the professors explained that the text was not going to be used at all during the semester,
nk the textbook companies just do that on purpose to make more money, I don't believe they run out of used textbooks that fast.
k for only a few pages of information. There are also lots of times when the professor uses the text book to cover material, when the amount




 t buy the book until class starts anyway and they'll have time to warn students not to buy. I unfortunately am a student that likes to be prepar
 ke the money off of it.
ature he/she used was sometimes different from the text, adding to confusion.At other times, no text was not specified. These classes someti
 don't always use the textbook to prepare for class because I don't know which specific topics to focus on. I have appreciated the classes in w



 since he would go over everything we needed to know in class (I very much so liked that).


 level classes never referenced the textbooks, either to read or to do homework.

ality of books, not luxury of books. Over my last 3 and half years at TAMU some books have been worth 30-40% of what I paid for the class. E


 t need more help.
  to send an email to the class before the semester actually starts with regard to the textbook, telling the students how much it will be used, w


xtbooks after my first semester, because I had bought $700 in textbooks and only used one, which cost $150. Of course I only got about $200


 they will rarely use it as a reference.
because it lends -often- a different perspective and/or more examples than presented in class. I tend to buy half of the books(I really utilize eb

it, it is a very expensive dust collector




or homework problems.If a lecturer's notation, methods, and testing practices don't agree with the book it becomes a distraction.
 hat I never even opened, only to sell them back for a fraction of the cost.
opic (bad content unrelated to Linear Algebra as we know it at A&M). I wish I remembered the title.....

hased the book.

rofessor says you need the book, you really don't (this is frustrating when you pay hundreds of dollars for the textbook and get maybe $20 fo

 ook in the first semester, but I didn't have to buy them at all. After that, I became smarter. I waited until the first week of the classes to know i
 textbook like 3 times the whole year.

ng, and political science.
 e book that costs $100 more than the old edition.

 e. I haven't used an on-campus bookstore since my first semester. I buy all my books from students who already took the class (or the intern




Books are essentially used as a reference for students but almost never mentioned in class.
at class I am informed that I won't be needing that book any longer. By then it is usually too late to return the book for any money. My only op
we already are!




 dn't have to buy it.
we needed or share the chapters we use within the class. It's a complete waste to buy the whole textbook for an insane price, use half of it, a

and I feel these problems could have been posted on a website for much cheaper.
 ble to share with another student and just split the cost of the book




 nearly 90 course hours..




 e to sell them back, you don't even get half of what you paid for them.


 were assigned making the $60 a complete waste of money!!!
 h what I had to pay most the time.


 ructor get a say in what book will make learning and understand problems easier.
 tely need the book for myself.
 tely need the book for myself.
 or from their own notes.

  code and he advised we will need the book, it cost about $200 and we never used the book! These books dont sell back because of the acc

 semester. I am perfectly okay with buying a book if it will be actively used, but to sit on my shelf and collect dust is not a resourceful way to s

 pecially when I maybe get back a hundred because the book I paid over a hundred dollars for is worth maybe a dollar or is loose leaf and ca

me we needed to purchase the book, and for the first test I referenced it a few times. But it turns out that my professor post all of the things we

  a much higher price.
 s I'll be using them or not, since I don't want to spend money on something I will not be using. I have spent a few semesters without the book
  full money back.

eral unused books that the teachers said we didnt need.

 nt at Prairie View, I have used about 1/2 the textbooks I have purchsed. The students are forced to spend hundreds of dollars of books, we d

ve a textbook I can only obtain through the university is required, only to find that they will pocket most of the money on an unused textbook s



ence is a two-part class that can use the same book.)

 uire their professors to write their textbooks which is ridiculous. Textbooks should remain in circulation for a minimum of 5 yrs and possibly l

 SOURCES IN WHICH IN MY OPINION MAKING BOOKS POINTLESS.
 d suffice just fine. Other classes, I bought books and never even used them as references. This was especially true freshman and sophomor

ersion on several occasions.


 at particular edition will not be beneficial to the class.
 nged mind and said to use it as a reference.
 inted the same thing for a dollar rather than 32!
oks that were not utilized in my undergraduate education.




he book it was maybe one assignment the entire semester.




understand it on our level not on theirs.




class in power point form which eliminates the need for the text book I was required to buy.




x. value) and the professor constantly talks about how out of date it is, and how it really does not apply to this class. Why would I buy a book
lieve if professors saw the text book fit for that course text books they would be more likely to work out of them.




h with, and not necessarily a textbook, he/she should not be required to choose one for the students to waste their money on.


nd.In my Critical Thinking class, the professor had told the class to get the textbook($85) for the class because it was required. A couple of w
 e 2 of the required 3 books. We also did not find this out until the first day of class. I was able to return it for a full refund. It would have help


but then I couldn't understand why were we recommended to buy one at the first place.

at this "future reference" will be relevent when I start teaching?




ence or study for the exam.




oks are already purchased.
have gotten a later edition. Each cost me roughly $215

ommended" list.




 l pleasure to read.


 was not needed.


 know how they can get away with this.



It would be ok but the book is almost $200 after tax and It will just be used one time.
and then you have to take them in for a refund or get stuck eating the book price when they give you five bucks for it.
f the semester.


as used. There was not a scratch on the book. The prices that we pay for new textbooks are ridiculous and we always get jipped on the pric


t the book, we got the activation code for online, and he said that we can just print out the sections that we need. Knowing this ahead of time




h profit in giving your books to someone you know will need them in a semester or two than selling them back. $85.00 textbook...$9.00 when


 textbooks for the year. I believe they go along with the suggested reference. I know they have way to many duties and put in hours per day

people order on-line or shop some before buying and not knowing in far enough advance leaves us to buy whatever is available at the last m



nd cd because it was on the list of books we need and could not return afterwards and had to spend about another $90 on the new lab cd.


bookstore even used.




cted to be the "guinea pigs" for the textbook app for the Apple iPad. The iPads were issued, and we were told to purchase the app and the su
 used and necessary.
ollege did this and its perfectly legal.



 especially when you don't even use the book. Then when you try to resell a book you paid $150 you only get $20!!




e class didn't make . They told me to hang onto the book and we would get it in the next semester, then they changed the degree requiremen


misunderstanding with the ordering of textbooks or the textbook required list.




e checking back and forth to see.




when in reality I don't use them throughout the whole course.




pent approximately $130 which is about 1/3 of what I would have paid, but I went online to find better deals on used books.
 aid or anything and I have to pay out of pocket and I dont have a job, it makes it really hard on me.


new text book. They oftentimes pointed out the differences in the two. Like the reaggangement of the table of context, additional pictures etc
ageous the price of the textbooks since am currently me attending WT and for my two daughters too. In only last semester I expended $1200




e of us who purchased these books should be given full money refunds for books we have not used in this course.




well and we didn't.



d edition" which has probably about 10 extra pages minus a few. I've actually decided to not purchase textbooks, even though it may be req

 necessities.




students to review their notes, because textbooks can contain lots of filler.

n my next class.


mation you need for the exam on thier powerpoints. All the exam questions come straight from the powerpoint slides.
arted or at least within the first or even second week of the term.

n we had all already bought the book.




e. Lowering prices would help a lot.


 rofessor does not. This semester I ended up buying books that are rarely used and some that the school made me purchase but the profess




orates trust and confidence in the acedemic arena, especially with what is supposed to be fostered and amplified through student guides of c




 all of the tuition let alone the books.


254. We were told by our lab instructor that we had to purchase the lab manual. (He gave handouts the first week because there weren't eno

t caught up. Whenever I called I was told different things by some working there: either they dd not know what happened, or that each day I c




 l that will be taught in class" or contain out-dated information, is inconclusive, etc.



 semester I have yet to use 2 of the workbooks(and never will, the Professor told us last week, so now it is too late to take back with a full ref
ucky to get back 10% of what you spent on the book. For example, I bought a book for a class and it cost me $125.00, at the end of the sem




e textbook and we are told to purchase the newer one which I would consider a waste of money because the older versions are cheaper. I fee


 brary to make photocopies would be more than enough.




 ck for 60% less than what \i originally purchased it for.



 ag my laptop around all day and have it sitting in my car while I'm at work. This ebook class requires three books, one of which is not include



 to pay for). The classroom lecture provided by our professor made having the textbook superfluous, and since all our coursework was done
 TO TAKE OTHER COURSES THAT WILL REQUIRE EBOOKS AND I DO NOT WANT TO THROW MORE MONEY AWAY. I CANNOT AF



e book why switch editions?
e book why switch editions?

y the student").




he textbooks and just say that this information is also in the text. Also, since the majority of the textbooks are online, it would have been goo

ooks it would be nice to have access toJunquiera's basic histologyBates's GuideNew Clinical GeneticsGoljan's pathology booksRohan's Atla
helpful because the material is broken down and it doesnt take so long to read, i.e. BRS, Rapid Review of Pathology, and other review book




way so make that opportunity more energetic by using local to the school publishing and authoring.

me rather than delving into a textbook. Textbooks are helpful if there is a concept that is difficult to understand and I require additional assist
et the permissions necessary to upload a chapter if they need to.




in, at least give us students a decent by-back price so we can have more money to use to by our next set of books.



bookstore does NOT have refunds anymore.




be learning from.
 ord to print out the books, as I already paid for the e-book out of my tuition. Also, the price for these e-books is not always a good deal. Who




dition" was coming out.
 in an efficiant way.I was told to purchase a math textbook for a course, in the syllabus, and after having done so it was revealed that we wou
 This is extremely unethical!




s expensive book and you're lucky to get MAYBE $7 back in resale value because by the next semester the "latest" edition is "out of date". S




ce books that we already own.
ce books that we already own.


 r online assignments and the online book is free. I like my hardcopy of the textbooks, but when you add in the price of $75 bucks a class just

 Sometimes professors forget that graduate (and undergraduate) students are not made of money.
a bit more work for them, but a big savings for students.
eptable IMO.

class.In addition, I have had instructors who require long lists of books that are never covered, or a single expensive textbook that gets used
ioned in class or the notes, but were still of use as a reference material for assignments we may do. That said, quite often the Internet acts a




eding the book in the first place. Also, I have been told that I didn't really need the text book after it it too late to return it. Thus wasting $100-$




 cture to help identify) needed earlier so I will have plenty of time to order on-line text.



. Wasn't too happy about that.


UY BACK PRICE !
 tes and the book is just supplementary information, then we should not be required to purchase the book for that course.

didn't have to waste her money on a book she would never use. She found the CD online for like $40!


uire a text even if they don't include it in their classes at all.
urces for textbooks. I personally think they should get more competitive with books and make them more affordable to our struggling student


onal version on ebay. All International content to this point has been identical in this text. I will continue to seek lower priced books.


 even cracked. I sucks to spend $275 on books and then only get $90 back when you sell them back and you barely even used them. I have




n told by the bookstore that a book is required for a class, but once the class begins meeting, our professor explains that that is not the case




ore was not used in class at all. See comments below for further bellyaching.




ch otherwise.




ost textbook stores will not buy them back or give back .50 cents, when we paid the full price.
was made that the books wouldnt be used, it was too late to return to the MSC.Go fuck yourself, TAMU.




was the author, and he took approximately 3 homework assignments from the book.



or the test were from notes. I believe this was a waste of money and I believe textbook stores should have a month long policy of returning b
ok. NOTE: I did my undergraduate at TAMU CS also.

eges decide to change to a newer version that has very little difference and we can't even sell them. I as well as many of my fellow students h




 y on textbooks, and because of waiting to buy them I'm not able to purchase any used ones.




over their notes. Its a huge conspiracy, and the teacher is probably getting a kick back from the book writer. It seems most of them know ea
pter and she covered them so thoroughly on the slides there was no point in reading them.


 n't think that is fair for people on scholarships that have to pay for books we do not need.




 tty easy to read and follow.




atter germane to the course, it is often over-kill and in effect un-needed.


he course is going to be at the beginning and whether or not I will need to use the textbook so I am hesitant to return the book since I original




e books aren't needed. Most people purchase books ahead of time, and since books are so costly, the stores should check with the professo

 ncouraged books that were not used. And I remember that in my undergrad days there were a lot of books I bought that I didn't end up using

hat i paid for. it is a rip off.



s not using the textbooks it listed as required. I have no way of returning them and I am stuck with the purchase unless I sell them at a much




nd intend to use them as references after I graduate.
nformation we need to know in the class time allotted or the material does not need to be included in the class, unless the text includes great
lf of the money back because it was "used".
o buy course books ahead of time, the books that were suggested by the Texas A&M bookstore for the class were not the same as the textbo




. We had purchased them on Amazon.




or a week. Thankfully, God has enabled me to get by but it's always a HUGE expense.




s able to return some books but most were used and even the sale back price for a $300.00 book was knocked down to $55.00! Seriously a r
esnt work half the time and wont allow me to type answers.
o class and determine if you will need it or not, only to have a huge reading assignment given and there you are without the book.



ementary" material, and they will never refer to it.




d reading in retrospect.

d reading in retrospect.




ys contains the "same" material taught, it may not be discussed in the book in a way that is helpful or beneficial for the student to read, or the



et so little, and not have needed it at all. Even when the books are in the syllabus and the teacher says we will "most likely use them."
 lso doing a business minor, and I feel very cheated by the business profs who write their 'own versions' of the textbooks. They tend to upda




ng lectures and looking over slides posted on the internet.




more easily looked up materials AND been able to at least sell it back at the end of the semester. No opportunity for that with an e-book. Wi
 g the semester,
used textbooks that fast.
 to cover material, when the amount is so small and it could be easily covered in class or a small handout.




 am a student that likes to be prepared.

 not specified. These classes sometimes lacked direction, depending on the detail contained in the professors other resources: agenda, sylla
n. I have appreciated the classes in which the professor has narrowed down the specific sections to pay attention to. This leads me to read b




30-40% of what I paid for the class. Either lower tuition rates or lower costs for books.



 students how much it will be used, when they will need it by, etc. Finally, it seems unethical for a professor to require students to purchase a


$150. Of course I only got about $200 back.



buy half of the books(I really utilize ebooks for classes that don't necessarily directly correlate with my thesis).




 t becomes a distraction.




or the textbook and get maybe $20 for selling it back).

he first week of the classes to know if the textbooks were really necessary or not. Then if I wanted to buy one, I went to online and searched
o already took the class (or the internet, where I can get some return on my purchase) and sell my books to other students once I'm done wit




 the book for any money. My only option is to sell it back to the University Bookstore at the end of the semester, usually for a quarter of the p




k for an insane price, use half of it, and sell it back for a tenth of what you paid for it.
 ks dont sell back because of the access code it comes with, and so i could've used that money for tuition instead.

 ect dust is not a resourceful way to spend my grants and loans.It is even more annoying when you are paying for your college yourself and th

maybe a dollar or is loose leaf and can not be returned. I am a collage student and support myself. My parents pay for absolutely nothing and

my professor post all of the things we need to know out of the book online on eLearning. Unfortunately, since I have opened the plastic wrap


 ent a few semesters without the books for those classes and I haven't had the need for them at all.




nd hundreds of dollars of books, we dont use them, then when we try and sell them back we get about a quarter of the original price back. Th

 f the money on an unused textbook since I will have to sell it back for less than I paid.




 for a minimum of 5 yrs and possibly longer.


pecially true freshman and sophomore years when I was still figuring this out. I have since learned not buy the text books until I've got to at le
o this class. Why would I buy a book even the professor does not like, and even they understand it really doesn't apply to that class.?
waste their money on.


cause it was required. A couple of weeks later, the professor realized that the book he had and the one they were selling in the bookstore w
t for a full refund. It would have helped me if I had known ahead of time.
 and we always get jipped on the prices when we take them back.


we need. Knowing this ahead of time would have saved me at least 100 dollars that I could've used somewhere else. But I opened the packa




m back. $85.00 textbook...$9.00 when you sell it back. I would, and have given my books away for this very reason, this way, there's at least o


 many duties and put in hours per day but sometimes a "bad" textbook is horrible to follow. My last American History "An American Journey"

 uy whatever is available at the last minute. I would prefer to buy used books, but I do not want to purchase until I know what I need. Most tim



 ut another $90 on the new lab cd.




 e told to purchase the app and the subsequent eBook - costing me an additional sum of money. I still have the unused hard copy of the book
hey changed the degree requirements and I ended up with books I couldn't use and neither cold anybody else. I had to try to get a CS3 prog




als on used books.
ble of context, additional pictures etc...
only last semester I expended $1200.00 in textbooks for all of us.




textbooks, even though it may be required, and stick to lectures and notes for passing the class the last few semesters. Professors also nee




erpoint slides.
 l made me purchase but the professor wanted a different book.




amplified through student guides of conduct and honesty on the campus.




 irst week because there weren't enough copies of the manual available in the bookstores.) He told us we HAD to purchase the manual as h

w what happened, or that each day I called I should have received them - which I had not. I prbably will not use the bookstore again to order b




 is too late to take back with a full refund) and the math kit has not been used either, the Professor provides everything that we would have u
st me $125.00, at the end of the semester they bought it back for $15.00. We only use the book about 2 times in the class. Or in another ins




 the older versions are cheaper. I feel like the school changes it so they can get more from the students.




ee books, one of which is not included in the ebook so I still had to spend money when I bought it online.I spent $90 on a book and never use



d since all our coursework was done online in ALEKS, the textbook only excelled at being a $160 paperweight. It wasn't even a good supplem
ORE MONEY AWAY. I CANNOT AFFORD THAT. PLEASE GIVE ME A CHOICE!




ks are online, it would have been good if we would have been informed that some of these books are online and we really did not need to pur

Goljan's pathology booksRohan's Atlas
 of Pathology, and other review books.




rstand and I require additional assistance, but there are several books that remain in their original shrink wrap.
ooks is not always a good deal. Who is the school to say how I get my books and how much I pay for them? Most of them can be found cheap




 done so it was revealed that we would not be using the book. We did, however, need another online code that I did not purchase with the bo




the "latest" edition is "out of date". Surely there's a better way to go about this.... I always LOVED the professors that made course packets




in the price of $75 bucks a class just to do your homework, it gets pretty pricey!!!
le expensive textbook that gets used only if I deign to open it. If no assignments are to be listed from a textbook, and it isn't going to be used
 t said, quite often the Internet acts as a better piece of reference material today, so the need for exhaustive code examples and the like to be




late to return it. Thus wasting $100-$300. It is very frustrating.
k for that course.




e affordable to our struggling students.


to seek lower priced books.


d you barely even used them. I have found that I enjoy and utilize online ebooks more than actual textbooks for classes.




sor explains that that is not the case.
ve a month long policy of returning books instead of a week. This way students can return their books without losing all of their money. When


well as many of my fellow students have changed from using the campus book store to finding them online for a whole lot less. I will never c




iter. It seems most of them know each other, and use the books that their friend wrote.
ant to return the book since I originally got it for a cheaper used price and if I need it again I would have to pay a higher price.




tores should check with the professors before posting book lists.

ks I bought that I didn't end up using, but of course could not sell back for more than $5 -- a result of the painful practice of profs constantly "




rchase unless I sell them at a much lower rate to the bookstores.
 class, unless the text includes great supplementary homework problems and examples.

lass were not the same as the textbooks that the professors wanted.




nocked down to $55.00! Seriously a rip off.
 you are without the book.




neficial for the student to read, or the structure of the class differs so much that the book does not offer a layout that allows anything other tha



we will "most likely use them."
 of the textbooks. They tend to update the 'version' fairly regularly so we can't even sell them back or use someone else's book so they can m




pportunity for that with an e-book. With a real textbook, if it's required you still might be able to get around never actually purchasing the book
essors other resources: agenda, syllabus, notes, lab instructions.
 attention to. This leads me to read before the class and learn more effectively. I'm not saying I don't want to know the extra information I will




sor to require students to purchase a textbook they helped to write and therefore will receive royalties from every sale.




y one, I went to online and searched used textbooks. Sometimes I borrowed ones from friends who took the same course before. Some of th
s to other students once I'm done with them. In many cases, I've gotten twice what the bookstore offered, while the buyer paid half of what the




mester, usually for a quarter of the price I originally paid for it.
aying for your college yourself and that is your hard earned money.

rents pay for absolutely nothing and when my hard earned money that I have to work for during the school year and sometimes have to push

since I have opened the plastic wrap that was around the book, I can not return it for a full refund, although the book is in perfect condition. So




quarter of the original price back. This is unexceptable!!




uy the text books until I've got to at least one class. Other classes, I wait several weeks, if ever, to buy a book.
y doesn't apply to that class.?
they were selling in the bookstore were completely different. His entire syllabus was based on his book. So we never used the textbooks w
ewhere else. But I opened the package without knowing this and so the bookstore won't let me sell it back.




 ry reason, this way, there's at least one less student getting screwed by the bookstore.


 ican History "An American Journey" 'History of the United States' was a disaster for language and sexual content during the Civil War years

ase until I know what I need. Most times do not find out until the day I go to the first class.




ve the unused hard copy of the book.
y else. I had to try to get a CS3 program for one class and ended dropping it because the teacher was using CS2 instructions for a CS3 clas
few semesters. Professors also need to do a better job, when they require textbooks, at making sure they will be used, History and biology e
we HAD to purchase the manual as he would stop giving us copies after the bookstores had the manual in stock. I purchased my lab manual

 ot use the bookstore again to order books because In every class that I have I use my teextbooks to the fullet extent.




 des everything that we would have used out of the kit, yet he told us we would need one by the 3rd week of class no exceptions.
 times in the class. Or in another instance, I bought a book for $80.00, at the end of the semester, they would not buy the book back becaus




 .I spent $90 on a book and never used it, its still shrinked wrapped!



weight. It wasn't even a good supplement to the lecture notes of our professor, since his lecture was much more in depth and detailed than th
line and we really did not need to purchase these books. I believe that new incoming students need to be informed of this info before they st
m? Most of them can be found cheaper online in international editions, or for sale by other students. Plus, I've seen the print out of the e-boo




de that I did not purchase with the book.




rofessors that made course packets with only the pertinent material necessary for the classes subject matter. Much cheaper, and much mor
extbook, and it isn't going to be used as a study reference, then DO NOT list it as required!
tive code examples and the like to be scribed in paper may be gone.As a graduate student, the textbooks were used much more heavily, and
ooks for classes.
ithout losing all of their money. When I write a month long policy, I mean a month after the first day of class, and not when the textbook was b


ine for a whole lot less. I will never choose to get ripped off again, now that I know these other sources are available.
to pay a higher price.




painful practice of profs constantly "requesting new editions" rather than re-using old ones. And the bookstores happily obliged them. This is
a layout that allows anything other than referencing specific topics.




e someone else's book so they can make a bigger profit. In addition, some require the textbook in order to receive 'extra credit' in the class.




d never actually purchasing the book if it's never really needed. With the e-book fee automatically charged to anyone enrolled in the class, y
nt to know the extra information I will not be tested on, it's just I don't have the time to spend on that material when I'm needing to keep up wit




om every sale.




the same course before. Some of the professors were reasonable to provide a digital copy of their textbooks.
, while the buyer paid half of what they would have paid at the bookstore. I know they need to make a profit, but on-campus bookstores shou
ool year and sometimes have to push sleep and homework aside for is being wasted, is really heartbreaking.

gh the book is in perfect condition. So in the end, I basically paid for something I didn't even use.
k. So we never used the textbooks we bought at the student bookstore and the professor never did make a new course syllabus on the corre
al content during the Civil War years. My instructor did not know certain chapters in the book was so bad. New book was released for the n
sing CS2 instructions for a CS3 class. It didn't work, either. They said they would teach the course the next year, then they changed to Web
ey will be used, History and biology especially. If you want to know why we students don't read our chapters anymore in our textbooks, it's b
n stock. I purchased my lab manual for approx. $120. It's midterm and I have yet to use it. I appreciate my professor going out of his way to m

fullet extent.




k of class no exceptions.
would not buy the book back because they were no longer using that edition of the book. So, I go to great lengths not to purchase text books




ch more in depth and detailed than the particular textbook required for the course.
be informed of this info before they start to purchase their books. This would help keep the cost down.
 s, I've seen the print out of the e-books and they are poor quality and have the huge PROPERTY OF CENGAGE strewn out across the midd




matter. Much cheaper, and much more focused on the class' and professor's goal.
s were used much more heavily, and I can recall no such problems.
ass, and not when the textbook was bought.


are available.
okstores happily obliged them. This is especially painful when the used copies already cost $80-90, and the new ones about $30-50 more tha
r to receive 'extra credit' in the class.




ged to anyone enrolled in the class, you HAVE to pay it.PLEASE NO AUTOMATIC E-BOOK FEES-- GIVE US THE CHOICE!
erial when I'm needing to keep up with my other classes' too.
ofit, but on-campus bookstores should be there to help students, not essentially rob them blind.
e a new course syllabus on the correct book. I returned my book before the deadline, but I know some students were not able to.
ad. New book was released for the next semester of students.
ext year, then they changed to Web Expressions-and it wasn't available either. Navarro College keeps trying to teach outdated programs wit
pters anymore in our textbooks, it's because we've figured out we don't need to. We can get the same grade without reading the chapters an
my professor going out of his way to make copies that include helpful notes, I really do. However; he shouldn't have asked us to purchase the
at lengths not to purchase text books anymore, I try my hardest to get a copy from someone else so that I am not spending hundreds of dolla
ENGAGE strewn out across the middle of the page. That makes for distracted reading.
the new ones about $30-50 more than that. So I'm sure there are a lot of students besides me who have suffered from this problem!
VE US THE CHOICE!
tudents were not able to.
rying to teach outdated programs with current programs available only- so you have to try to modify what you are doing to get the programs t
rade without reading the chapters and save us a lot of boring reading time.
uldn't have asked us to purchase the lab manaual if it wasn't going to be used.
I am not spending hundreds of dollars a semester on something that is not generally used.
suffered from this problem!
t you are doing to get the programs to work. I spend hundreds of dollars a year for books that I don't use or programs that don't work with the
or programs that don't work with the technolog
CSAB Textbook Survey Fall 2010

I have been required to purchase support materials for a course that were never used.

                                                           Response          Response
Answer Options
                                                            Percent           Count
Strongly Agree                                               33.3%             2200
Agree                                                        29.5%             1946
Neutral                                                      15.8%             1042
Disagree                                                     17.2%             1134
Strongly Disagree                                             4.2%              279
Please add any addtional comments below.                                        388
                                                    answered question               6601
                                                      skipped question                 6


                                                        Please add any
                                                        addtional
                                                        comments
                                                        below.
                                                        This survey has a hidden agenda. I don't appreciate the loaded ques
                                                        I had a Psychology class and an English class where I was required
                                                        As an undergrad at TAMUG we were told we needed dissection kits
                                                        In my literature class I had to buy several books and the teacher reco
                                                        MySpanishLab. All the resources we used could be found free on th
                                                        Spanish Lab
                                                        The online videos/ courses that are optional with the book cost extra
                                                        I have had only one particular class make me do that.
                                                        Or the support materials were only used once or twice and then you
                                                        Charts may or may not be used. There are 3 charts needed for t-nav
                                                        Outrageous
                                                        Oceanography lab book came with a side package that I never touch
                                                        "Study guides" and "Review sheets" that neither related to my tests o
                                                        Professors constantly ask you to buy books that are irrelevant to the
                                                        Psychology Study Guide never used last year. When I used it on my
                                                        Ecology required us to purchase 3 books all of which were never use
                                                        I have tried to reduce the cost of purchasing textbooks only to realize
                                                        See above
                                                        Some textbooks have a supplementary workbook or CD that costs ex
                                                        I was forced to spend $60 on a 'lab manual' that was printed paper, t
                                                        I had to purchase a novel for a class that the book store did not even
                                                        Rarely!
                                                        I was told i needed a $50 quizdom and a year later it is still in the pac
                                                        I was required to purchase an online help disc that I never used; I sti
                                                        Two of my books that I was told I had to purchase were available in t
                                                        N/A
                                                        The type of book professors tell students to get that is never used is
                                                        Some teachers just put the required materials online and that is muc
                                                        Programs and software sometimes cannot (nor would one advise) be
                                                        Yes, I have been required to purchase support materials for a course
                                                        I actually don't buy things until I actually need them.
So far I have not had so buy supporting materials that were not used
I finally quit buying recommended works because for the most part th
This is really irritating - buying two, three, sometimes four additional
If I have to buy it, then I better use it.
This applies to the majority of my classes.
Website access was required in one class, but rarely used and cost w
I always purchase the recommended support materials, but there are
they're still in their shrink wrap and unopened.
This occurred in my Educational Foundations course.
Support materials have been suggested, but not required.
outside of the bookstore
I had to buy a clicker(now called quizdom) for Biology and Chemistry
normally teachers put a book that is "mandatory" that is never even h
Again some teachers urge you to purchase support materials to reinf
I have had to buy for several different classes "access codes" for stu
some were never used in class but were good to have.
Most of my Spanish classes have required additional material and w
it was used, but much of it was not very relevant.
They were supplemental study guides that teacher said we could use
or maybe used once so it seemed like a waste
support materials from my education lab not used; when they are use
I cannot recall an instance where this was the case.
Again, I refused to do it and just skittered around the obligation.
Additionaly books such as literary helps and mla guides.
This happened to me and when I sold back the book with an online a
Purchased CD-ROMS that were never used, and online access code
I had to purchase a $75 dollar set of DVDs for a history class, and wa
Usually more than 1 course the support materials are said to be reco
Never
I have had to buy books in the past and not used in class.
Often the supporting materials could be found through "free" method
Wouldn't say it was never used, but not very much.
Labs are especialy bad about "required" texts with CDs or online cod
I do not have a comment for this catagory.
I purchase a series of video lectures that were of little help.
IDS1071 required us to have a textbook with the supporting software
When I have had to purchase support materials I typically used them
some we only used once and it was just one page
I had purchase 2 books for Learning and Motivational-Psychology 32
books that were suppossed to be reference and then were never use
Workbooks that go with textbooks
In some classes, the 'required' materials were either never touched o
none
The only support materials I have ever had to purchase were lab ma
Workbooks are always required but we never use them!
I bought a manipulatives kit that cost $50 in a math class that i only u
I had to purchase a box of materials, but I only used one thing out of
I can't remember a class in which I had to buy support materials, exc
On the contrary to the actual text books, the support books have bee
Many books come in bundle packs with workbooks and other things
I don't remember if the support materials were not used necessarily,
In my medical terminology class, i bought numerous cards book whic
There are some classes that would like for students to purchase stud
This is my first semester. I haven't been required to purchase suppo
It does not happen very often, but I have learned to wait and talk to th
I was assigned extra materials for the class but it was optional. Usua
I have never had to do this. The ones that I was required to buy the s
I have had professors swear the supplemental material was key to st
Some things weren't used, but not all of them were used.
When I was a freshman I had to purchase a text book aid that was re
This is even more ridiculous.
Sometimes it's a once and a lifetime deal. I purchased a Quizdom fo
"You need this book and it costs "X" because it comes with an online
see above comment
See above
Same as question above.
Several workbooks I purchased were only used one or two times; no
I never used the 6 scantrons or the 4 bluebooks I had to purchase las
I've had to pay for software that came with the book that was never u
Happens ALL the time.
$50 for a remote-control-like thing that was never used but was "requ
Was told they weren't going to be used so was able to take them bac
We were told we had to buy a book for the class and later in the sem
For several english classes you're required to have 2 books but you
college is expensive enough with tuition and transportation. why not
Again not this semester but in past semesters. I would buy them and
Extra money that students may not have
Do not like the fact I was forced buy a book when I can get them che
Mymathlab was a waste that was non refundable and never used
Last semester I was forced to purchase a "work book"....which had to
I had to use material for a class but I had to pay $84.00 for the mater
Yes. After buying a study guide AND lab manual for BioChemistry, w
I bought supplemental notes for a class and was then told that they h
For every class which required support materials I have utilized the s
I never purchased any support material.
I can't remember having to buy any out of the ordinary supporting ma
This was the case for my summer class, I paid over $100.00 and afte
Discs that came with the books were never used, practice books we
If it is not going to be used I do not think we should have to spend mo
I was told to purchase rocks for my geology class and never used an
EBOOK
I am experiencing that very thing this semester.
I had a course where where media materials were used only once....
These items are expensive but toally useful.Beyond textbook costs I
This semester I had to buy two resource books on how to use APA. I
This semester I had to buy two resource books on how to use APA. I
preofessor said it was optional though the course specified it was req
Our purchases need to be reviewed to enhance learning. The Educa
Most of the MyEducation lab materials that were made to purchase o
Polling software that was NEVER used.
We had to purchase the TurningPoint ResponseWare response syst
Not applicable.
I have had to purchase books and pay extra for a CD that we never
Electronic survey response system.
Student response system ("Clicker") was required to be purchased d
i think there was an iclicker charge that was never realized, but i'm n
One class had us purchase 5 different books. One was the main tex
We were required to purchase "polling" software that was intended to
If we did, I didn't buy them.
There is nothing more infuriating then throwing money in the garbage
Again, materials that will serve as supplemental information should b
Not yet as a grad student, but definitely as an undergrad. I'm sure it'l
SPSS packet for stats
For many education classes you have to buy custom A&M editions w
The material was required but the professor stated it was optional, if
This has happened to me every year at the university. It's so annoyin
The "package deals" are the worst - forcing students to buy online pr
This has only happened once while at TAMU-SA.
I have had to pay extra for online lab code that was never used or if i
I don't even do this any more because it's pointless.
This is very annoying to have to buy things or even waste your paper
Some of the books come in packages with suppporting materials tha
Never had to purchase support materials.
Often times teachers require workbooks that they never use.
In some cases.
They should also provide you with a solutions text so that when you
The only times I had to purchase support materials, we used them.
Same as above, another class stressed about one textbook but later
If the teacher does not use materials, the students should not have to
I believe it is ridiculous that we must purchase book that we never us
the online books I haven't used since I purchase the copy of the book
Support materials are usually the things I use the least.
EVERY TIME!!
EVERY TIME!!
never been asked to purchase support materials
There are many times when you purchase CDs or online membershi
Study packets that cannot be sold back are the worst idea, ever. It is
I can recall no classes where I was required to purchase material tha
Clickers.
Unless you are counting things packaged with the textbooks like cds
Some professors require multiple texts and you really only need one
for the history books it comes with teh my history lab and its more ex
Same thing happens, it is posted online as required but once school
IT IS MONEY WASTED!!!!!!!!!!
I was asked for materials that were not needed in the class.
I have not has this expericence with this school but have in the past
I believe that there can always be a buddy system. Not everyone nee
It was for my health class and we never used it. Stop watch pedome
All economics and accounting courses I have taken have required su
Had to buy a nutrition CD that cost $150 and used it for 1 small assig
With the use of PowerPoint and the internet in the class room we see
I was required to buy additional materials for a health 101 class that
The cd's are never used and always a requirement.
My math class required an expensive cd for online work and we used
I never buy supporting material unless the teacher specifically tells m
Webassign and various other support materials are a total waste of t
Most of them were necessary and beneficial.
A "MyCommunications Lab" password came with my communication
Several courses this has happened.
In the Spanish department, this semester for SPAN 102, I purchased
A certain workbook was required for a speech class but we only used
APA manual was required. I still havent opened it. I can find everythi
I have had to purchase online support help for lecture classes that w
I have been required to but didn't actually do it because I asked stud
Books should be affordable, not too expensive.
The only support materials that was not utilized in a research class w
Some core curriculum classes require to buy additions CDs, and DV
I took media writing last semester and our teacher urged us to go to
It said required support materials but I have learned that I don't need
Although there have been times when the support materials were us
There are many different books that offer cd's for you to use in your c
I have bought cd support for the books for two classes and did not ne
software programs and log-in key codes for internet sites that were in
If we are going to spend our money on materials for class that are ex
I have purchased supplemental materials/ computer codes that were
For ENGR 111 and 1123, we barely used any of the supporting mate
Yes... picking up items from the MSC when they cost over $20 only t
Never required but they are always on the recommended list.
"Required" materials were never used
Clicker for class and software for it that the professor couldn't get to w
Goggles for science classes.
Again some profs want you to get something and swear up and down
Several things for science labs.
The damned clicker things. NEVER used, but if you open the box to
Has happened at least 3 times.
All support material, such as access to online homework websites, I
I was told it was required, but heard from people already taking the c
I have had courses where the support materials should have been th
Online components to a variety of courses come in "packages" and y
Maybe once or twice in 5 semesters so far.
I was told I needed to buy a package o fintegrated circuits from the b
The MSC bookstore is the most overpriced bookstore I have ever en
I would define support materials. If support materials means recomm
Especially when the support supplies is required by the university bu
I tried using some of them just to get my money out of it
I also had to buy material that other students had wrote for previousl
Materials can be found in library and databases.
Sometimes it was not that they weren't used it was just that the impo
I have been told to buy them, but was told by the prof that we didn't n
I have been told to buy them, but was told by the prof that we didn't n
PHYS 218 lab manual, clicker was never used
Some books have cd's with them that increase the cost of the book a
Don't make us purchases books that have extra stuff that we will nev
Some professors put down a book on their syllabus but it doesn't eve
Same as above. Teachers requiring note packets that you have to p
Most of the PHYS classes I was told required all books and I never re
I had put on the computer to give me the required supplies and I was
OWL or Mastering Physics is required.
like solution. Rarely used, and you only use less than 1% info provid
There are suggested materials. Most things are suggested. All stude
Ive had to buy additional software that didn't pertain to my class, and
I have been required to purchase support materials with perforated p
I have certainly been told I am "required" to do so, but again, my ske
The are many ancillary items that are used extensively: e.g. CHEM1
I wanted to buy a used MEEN book, but it was prepackaged with the
Usually the support material is used more often than the actual textb
This happened exactly once when I was getting my B.S., but for a dif
I purchased a book that was not used. None of the test questions we
Yes, but only once.
Bundles that have to be new increase the cost immensely. Why do w
ENGR 111 and ENGR 112 are bad about this.
workbooks, extra atlas....
i had to buy 3 clickers. i have used 2. the 2 that i have been using are
Once.
Lots of classes want you to or require you to purchase the online ma
Bio chem
Support materials are always useful (slideshow notes, example prob
I had a teacher who didn't really use the book but used the book's we
I haven't been required
There was some kit "required" for one of my classes that I bought. Co
Packaged deals, especially in poli-sci, history and econ classes.
For my MUSC class, I had to buy a CD set for approx 50 dollars and
Books come in packages, where you buy the textbook and additiona
Many times this includes a student workbook that is strongly advised
Supporting materials were always optional
It was recommended to purchase a book, then was only used for the
In some of my courses I have been told to purchase "additional notes
The support materials are usually used but buying a $200 book, a $5
At least once a semester
Over the last 3 years, I've had to buy a lot of supplies that I never use
I have purchased MyHistory lab and MyArts lab and havent used the
This has only happened twice in 4 semesters. I bought a clicker that
Math 141 and chem 101
Professors generally tell us if we definitely need the book or not. Som
I just don't buy the support materials until they are actually used. Rar
Many times the professor states "it is highly encouraged," so if you a
Some times secondary books are required that are never used, or so
I've never had to open any of the study guides because they do not r
More than once.
math 141 solutions manual
I am an architecture student, so over purchasing for materials unnec
I have only had to purchase support materials for one class in which
Freshmen engineering classes.
Almost all online access codes must be bought new. The ones purch
Textbooks are too expensive and represent a false commodity.
I have had teachers list recommended books at the beginning of the
"einstruction" infra-red clicker
courses did not require support materials.
countless times
Teachers may say they require certain textbooks but sometimes they
I haven't had to buy support materials for a course. Or I might just no
However, the books were used only once in the semester
The teacher recommended it, but it was not very helpful, and only tim
more than half of the time you will need them to get work done or from
I spent $40 on a clicker and then $30 to register it and maybe used it
See above comment.
Molecular Model kits for Organic Chemistry.
And when those supplemental materials come packaged in a plastic
The MSC Bookstore occasionally bundles the engineering textbooks
This often occurs in math and sciences.
All day everyday
Support materials bundled with text are almost always never used.
Professors say that it is required but you never use it (and can't retur
same as above
Everything extra (i.e. notes, solution manuals, etc.) was used for all t
As a first semester transfer student I haven't had this happen at A&M
They cost too much and never even get opened.
I purchased the support materials before finding out we didn't need th
Support material was not required. However, the professor did not co
For Chemistry I had to buy multiple items that were said to be require
I haven't had many classes that required support materials. When we
I never purchase support materials.
Many of the recommended study guides and such were completely u
Study guides are so useless
We had to buy clickers which were thirty dollars for our physics class
I have had to purchase support software for some courses and find th
Supplemental notes, lecture outlines, lecture objectives all of these a
For a course, I had to purchase online access to a system and a unb
Cd's and other computer materials that I had to buy were never used
I have had books that I bought that were required, really expensive a
I have been forced to purchase online study material as a package w
In one class the professor was misinformed about the type of remote
Find a good text and stick to it: this reinforces class instruction. Text,
Many many text books come with cds and extra pamphlets and book
There were some courses where we used the additional information,
Additional notes were also purchased and never used. Usually for th
Many teachers put textbooks on their required list, even thought they
Again, I never purchased a new book because of the competitive pric
Rising textbook costs could be more than offset by keeping fees stab
Requiring students to purchase CPS Responders (clickers for class
Not yet, i use my lab notebook and engineering graphics package fre
I bought two study guides for chem 101 that I didn't actually need and
It should be mentioned that I've taken classes outside of TAMU and
I've always used the support materials required, and for some items,
It was only a clicker for Quizzes, but it wasn't expensive so I wasn't u
never required in my classes; many support materials are listed for r
Workbooks that come in packages with the textbooks
What I would consider support materials would include classnotes an
I've had a few classes where the professor required outside support
I've had a few classes where the professor required outside support
MEEN 221 comes with unused support materials
Learned my lesson freshman year.
I purchased support materials that I syllabi said were "required" for la
I only purchased one book for my math class all my other classes "re
I had a few workbooks as part of a textbook package that I never use
Same as above comment. A lot of times the support material (mainly
Support materials, when listed in a syllabus, have been categorized
Workbooks, study guides, etc.
When buying my Math 101 book, i did not notice there was the Cours
Masny times sI have been told by the bookstore that I will need it and
Many science classes in particular.
Same as above.
I have looked up my classes textbook lists under Texas A&M's books
cost a lot of money. never used, can't be sold again, book and supple
Many of my classes require support books that they only use to give
purchased clicker that was never needed
One of my English classes told us to get supplemental reading mate
Clickers are often a required item for me to buy but the profs often fa
This has occurred to me twice when attending classes.
Any books that were "REQUIRED" have been used at least a little.
See comment above.
I took a class my sophomore year where they required us to buy click
This semester I was required to buy an access code for a Spanish w
I have had profs tell me that additional material was required that wa
I wasn't allowed to sell it back.
What was the point of my MEEN 360 text? MEEN 364 text? Never us
Some might be used later in my major, so that's not a huge deal.
I am currently enrolled in a Food Science 201 course and was requir
I have also had to purchase support materials for a course that were
Sometimes teachers want us to buy online access codes but then we
There was a psychology class taken where it was indicated on the bo
Most of the books tha come wrapped in a clear plastic wrap are not r
extra lab notebooks
Some books come with a CD or a study guide that sometimes never
I have had to buy extra supplies which I have not needed on several
I had to buy OWLS for a chem course and after the first week he told
Up to now we haven't used the "clicker" in my government class
I took a class that required me to purchase a my history lab and I rea
Often the material is minor helpful in understanding the class objecti
Many of the first year science programs bundle in workbooks and oth
i was required to purchase the e-book for a class and have never use
Course Study Guides that were not actually required but recommend
Many teachers make their own support materials that are independe
I have bought materials that were not required, but were recommend
This bothers me a lot because the cost of these extra items..In some
ENGR 111 & 112
I have yet to use more than half of my textbooks any semester.
a. I don't appreciate the loaded questions. I'm sure many students have purchased books and never used them because they were too lazy to
 English class where I was required to buy course help books that I never used.
were told we needed dissection kits that the lab ended up having. Also, we were advised to buy molecular models in chemistry that were nev
y several books and the teacher recommended that I buy all of the books at the beginning of the year because as the class went through the
 s we used could be found free on the textbook's web site.

are optional with the book cost extra and we are required to buy them even though we don't use them. Also, my math teacher made us sign u
ass make me do that.
 ly used once or twice and then you go to sell it back for barely any type of payback
  There are 3 charts needed for t-nav, but you only really use 1.

 th a side package that I never touched for class. It was never even brought up as to why it was included with the lab manual.
ets" that neither related to my tests or did much good at all.
 buy books that are irrelevant to the class, or when you buy them they hand out supplemental materials instead. I would much rather a profes
 sed last year. When I used it on my own, the info I studied was not on the test.
 3 books all of which were never used.
purchasing textbooks only to realize I could not access the complimentary website that publishes the book. This requires an added fee. Thes

entary workbook or CD that costs extra, and although an instructor tells us it is required, it sometimes does not even get used.
ab manual' that was printed paper, this is communism
ass that the book store did not even carry.

m and a year later it is still in the packaging.
line help disc that I never used; I still have the disc and the book because they updated the book right after the semester I used it, thus they w
 had to purchase were available in the bookstore. But according to the ISBN given it had to have the online access card, which has to have n

students to get that is never used is a study guide. A professor will tell me, "You have to get the study guide to pass this course". I figure the
red materials online and that is much easier. I had a seminar class where we used capsim and each student was required to buy a $45 mem
es cannot (nor would one advise) be purchased used. Other than that, I don't really know of any.
chase support materials for a course that were never used. If these items were in the library on reserve or for check out that would be more b
actually need them.
 porting materials that were not used a TAMU-Commerce, but I did have to do this at other universitys and it was quite frusterating.
 d works because for the most part they are not worth the cost of the books for the amount of use that I have for them. The exceptions are ma
  o, three, sometimes four additional books for a class, some costing nearly as much as the required text, only to find out we won't actually be


one class, but rarely used and cost was about $10.00.
nded support materials, but there are times that the materials are never used. One set was a lab book for an online science course. After I ha
nd unopened.
 Foundations course.
ggested, but not required.

 quizdom) for Biology and Chemistry classes, and the instructor decided to do away with the software, due to complications. I paid nearly $10
 t is "mandatory" that is never even hinted at in class
o purchase support materials to reinforce the curriculum. Students sometimes can skip this step.
erent classes "access codes" for study material online, which has never been of any help to me.
 ut were good to have.
e required additional material and we barely use them. So far this semester, we have not used our workbook once.
 ot very relevant.
 uides that teacher said we could use or not but the bookstore recommended.
 d like a waste
 tion lab not used; when they are used the codes are only good for semmester so if I wanted to review I could not
  this was the case.
skittered around the obligation.
 y helps and mla guides.
  sold back the book with an online addition, I received very little compensation.
 never used, and online access codes that were never used. (Over $100 worth)
 t of DVDs for a history class, and was never required to view any of them.
 upport materials are said to be recommended reading, but not used in grading or coursework.

ast and not used in class.
ould be found through "free" methods. There is nothing more irritating than buying an instructor's supplemental materials just to discover it is
but not very much.
 quired" texts with CDs or online codes that are never used by the students.

  res that were of little help.
  xtbook with the supporting software, which was not referenced for use during the course.
 pport materials I typically used them more than the book. Often times you have to buy the book to get the support material which is even crum
was just one page
  ing and Motivational-Psychology 322 we never use the book. I felt this was a waist of my money buying these books.
   reference and then were never used.

 aterials were either never touched or used once despite the large price tag attached.

 e ever had to purchase were lab manuals, and thankfully we did use those.
 but we never use them!
 cost $50 in a math class that i only used TWICE!
  als, but I only used one thing out of all the materials. The other materials were given to us by the instructor. I was not able to sell back the bo
h I had to buy support materials, except for one in which they were certainly used.
  books, the support books have been necessary to have to do homework assignments.
 ks with workbooks and other things that some teachers don't use. Once you are done with the material you are not able to sell them back bec
materials were not used necessarily, but I don't remember using them often, particularly my speech workbook and English 1302 textbooks. ( T
  i bought numerous cards book which i am not even using it.
uld like for students to purchase study texts, etc and never use them. I generally don't purchase them for the very reason that they are hardly
n't been required to purchase support materials. In fact, I was able to access Wall Street Journal articles for my first class without having to b
 t I have learned to wait and talk to the professors first before making my final purchase of the extra materials.
 r the class but it was optional. Usually they better your understanding of the class and as long as they're do not cost more than the required
ones that I was required to buy the support material it did really help me out though.
 supplemental material was key to studying for the tests when they were not.
ot all of them were used.
purchase a text book aid that was required for use once the entire duration of the class.

 me deal. I purchased a Quizdom for my freshman year - cost about $40. Used it for a year, never again. It seemed to be a novelty, somethin
 "X" because it comes with an online course, although we wont be using it you still need to purchase it."



were only used one or two times; not worth the cost of the item.
he 4 bluebooks I had to purchase last semester.
 ame with the book that was never used.

 g that was never used but was "required"
e used so was able to take them back.
 ok for the class and later in the semester the teacher told us the book was not manditory, but only suggested reading.
 e required to have 2 books but you really only use one the whole semester.
h tuition and transportation. why not provide a list of "possibly needed materials" and let us only have to buy what we actually need.
 st semesters. I would buy them and then find out that they wouldn't be used. Teachers should notify the students ahead of time if they decid

 buy a book when I can get them cheaper
s non refundable and never used
 rchase a "work book"....which had to be brand new and would not be able to be sold back...for over $70.00. The professor who was teaching
but I had to pay $84.00 for the material that we use once.
AND lab manual for BioChemistry, we were informed that our labs were going to be emailed to us and that we aren't going by the study guide
a class and was then told that they had posted them in the class section on Web/CT a week into class. I could have used my library fee I am
upport materials I have utilized the support materials.

 ny out of the ordinary supporting materials.
 r class, I paid over $100.00 and after we opened it up, the teacher changed her mind, and the whole class could not return it.
were never used, practice books we were never required to use.
ot think we should have to spend money on it....I have been told several work books and text books where required just to realize at the end
my geology class and never used any of them while taking the geology class online.

  this semester.
 ia materials were used only once....and they were expensive
oally useful.Beyond textbook costs I experienced very high online costs, Buying a tutorial subscription, $125Software purchase, even a stude
esource books on how to use APA. I can find that online for free. The profeesor could have had a graduate student look up links for us or writ
esource books on how to use APA. I can find that online for free. The profeesor could have had a graduate student look up links for us or writ
 ough the course specified it was required and I had alreay purchased it.
wed to enhance learning. The Education Lab now appears to be a fill in - busy work. Take into consideration the culture of the students and o
 erials that were made to purchase on top of our textbook were never used much less opened. I have also been made to purchase the whole

Point ResponseWare response system that we did not use over an entire year.

 d pay extra for a CD that we never used.
er") was required to be purchased during our first year of medical school (2009-2010) that were never used.
ge that was never realized, but i'm not sure
 erent books. One was the main text and the rest were reference books. If I'd known, I would hav purchased only the main book and either b
 olling" software that was intended to be used in the classroom that has never been used. Some of our clinical skills equipment has also been

  then throwing money in the garbage which is essentially what this is.
 s supplemental information should be listed as that instead of 'required' on our sylabus.
 finitely as an undergrad. I'm sure it'll happen eventually.

 have to buy custom A&M editions with lab support that are never used.
e professor stated it was optional, if you felt you needed more help you should keep the book. When you go look at textbooks to purchase it s
year at the university. It's so annoying. Students buy the text assuming that it will give them an advantage, and it doesn't.
st - forcing students to buy online programs, disks, supplements, etc. that are never used.
 ile at TAMU-SA.
  lab code that was never used or if it was used it was useless. The teacher could have done mush better with out it.
 ause it's pointless.
buy things or even waste your paper quota, which waste paper, at the HELK to have the material the professor requires then you never look
ages with suppporting materials that are unnecessary and remain unused.

 kbooks that they never use.

 h a solutions text so that when you have a professor that is not teaching the course you can check to see if you are doing the work correctly.
  support materials, we used them.
 ressed about one textbook but later the professor will demand for us to buy a "support" mini textbook that was never used. Pretty much the te
 ials, the students should not have to pay for them because it is required for the course.
must purchase book that we never use. A majority of the professor use power points and that is all we use never the book, which cost the stud
 ince I purchase the copy of the book. I would just prefer using a real textbook instead of an online book. I sit in front of a computer all day a
e things I use the least.


upport materials
 purchase CDs or online memberships for "supplemental material" that is supposed to help prepare you, but in reality it adds nothing to your
d back are the worst idea, ever. It is the year 2010. If publishers and Universities are unwilling to move to digital copies of all of their textbook
as required to purchase material that went entirely unused. That said, there was a required Electrical Engineering course I took as an underg

 ackaged with the textbooks like cds and software packages. A significant number(maybe 35%) of my books come with some type of softwar
e texts and you really only need one! And when we try to sell it back, they want to give me less than a tenth of what I spent? How is this fair?
 h teh my history lab and its more expensive and we dont' use it.
 online as required but once school starts it is only used as reference.

 re not needed in the class.
with this school but have in the past with other schools.
e a buddy system. Not everyone needs the supplies when it's only used in class. We can share.
e never used it. Stop watch pedometer and journal.
 urses I have taken have required support materials that have NEVER been utilized in any form. Also, I had to purchase a speech book from
 st $150 and used it for 1 small assignment.
 he internet in the class room we see all that we need.
materials for a health 101 class that we never used. I couldn't sell it back either.
ays a requirement.
nsive cd for online work and we used it twice. Not even for a grade.
 nless the teacher specifically tells me that I will need it.
pport materials are a total waste of time and money. It is unnecessary for the professors to require the purchase of such materials when simi
sword came with my communications book. No-one in my class used it, nor was it required for the course. It made the book more expensive.

 emester for SPAN 102, I purchased another book for $44 and a $15 LoMas TV online video bank access code. We have yet to need to use e
  for a speech class but we only used 3 or 4 pages of it. But because it was a workbook and I had used those few pages it was nonreturnable
 havent opened it. I can find everything I need on the internet. I bought it because it was the only time in my whole graduate career that a teac
 pport help for lecture classes that we didn't even need to have.
  actually do it because I asked students who had taken that class before me.
 oo expensive.
was not utilized in a research class was a Qualtrics card which made the text cost higher.
 quire to buy additions CDs, and DVDs that were never used in class. Even when asking the professor, he suggested to "might as well buy it.
 r and our teacher urged us to go to the bookstrore and purchase a journalist notepad which is just an elongated version of a normal notepad
  but I have learned that I don't need it so I never purchase it. The math department is really bad about this.
when the support materials were used (primarily online access codes), there have been times when the bookstore says I'm required to have
 hat offer cd's for you to use in your computer but the seal clearly states that if you break the seal and use the disk then your book is unreturn
books for two classes and did not need them.
y codes for internet sites that were included in the book (and the price).
 ey on materials for class that are extra. Let us use them to help gain an understanding of what is being taught. Do not put a kit together for c
materials/ computer codes that were never used. This has only happened to me twice when I first started here, and since then I have learned
 ely used any of the supporting material.
MSC when they cost over $20 only to never need them because there are just a ton of mistakes in copying.
 ys on the recommended list.

 it that the professor couldn't get to work for the class.

 t something and swear up and down there are going to be assignments out of this book but it never happens

ER used, but if you open the box to "register the clicker for your course" which is ALWAYS REQUIRED BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLAS

ess to online homework websites, I have used.
ard from people already taking the class that I didn't need them so I didn't buy the extra materiels.
pport materials should have been the required materials.
 f courses come in "packages" and you don't have the option to not buy them, and you don't use them.

 age o fintegrated circuits from the bookstore for my ECEN 325 class, but then I found out that either you or your lab partner had to have them
overpriced bookstore I have ever encountered.
 If support materials means recommended instead of required textbooks, I usually do not buy them. It's usually a waste of money.
plies is required by the university but the professor isn't well versed in it or hasn't used it in the past. So we end up buying a $75 clicker that w
 get my money out of it
her students had wrote for previously for the unmentioned class that we never used no one will buy that it's not even a book. I had to buy a m
 and databases.
 eren't used it was just that the important portions or the actual information could be obtained from the "main" book and the additional book fo
 was told by the prof that we didn't need them before the refund deadline was over.
 was told by the prof that we didn't need them before the refund deadline was over.
as never used
  that increase the cost of the book and I end up not using it.
that have extra stuff that we will never use in class. My microbiology lab manual includes worksheets that will never be used! That is a large
 k on their syllabus but it doesn't ever get used throughout the year.
ring note packets that you have to purchase form copy corner.
told required all books and I never really opended them and still made a "B".
  me the required supplies and I was given and charged a bio study guide, a bio lab kit, and a clicker. None of which I have used or wanted. B
ou only use less than 1% info provided by the solution book.
Most things are suggested. All students should know that.
e that didn't pertain to my class, and the problems in the package didn't count for a grade either, it was just extra work for 30-40 more dollars
e support materials with perforated pages in a shrink-wrapped bundle which cannot be returned, even if the only thing in this bundle to be use
equired" to do so, but again, my skeptisim has kept me from actually making the purchase.
 t are used extensively: e.g. CHEM101 lab manual. Many textbook publishers have separate "practice problems" and an additional "solutions
 ok, but it was prepackaged with the whatever software that the book people provide. Thus it had to be sold new and it was not offered used.
sed more often than the actual textbook. We should know about this support material before the class. I think that's where the real burden s
 n I was getting my B.S., but for a different class than the textbook I never used.
 used. None of the test questions were on it and none of the material covered was on it. It was a Human Resource class and it was a book tha

ease the cost immensely. Why do we need access to pearson's research program when we're in college and are fully capable of researching
ad about this.

ed 2. the 2 that i have been using are always being used in every class.

quire you to purchase the online materials WITH the textbook, which means that you have to buy the NEW textbook, from the bookstore. I ha

eful (slideshow notes, example problems, etc.) unlike the textbooks.
use the book but used the book's website to post grades vs using the TAMU eLearning site to post grades. Therefore, I had to buy the online

 r one of my classes that I bought. Come to find out, you check out the materials for free. that would have been nice to know.
 li-sci, history and econ classes.
   a CD set for approx 50 dollars and it was then never used in class because it was on mediamatrix
  you buy the textbook and additional booklets or supporting texts that I for the most part have never needed. I just need the textbook. Don't ch
 nt workbook that is strongly advised but then ends up not being necessary.

e a book, then was only used for the test.
en told to purchase "additional notes" from Copy Corner, and I have never touched them, or even opened them once.
y used but buying a $200 book, a $50 notes packet, and sometimes access to online homework or a clicker and the access to it adds up quic

 buy a lot of supplies that I never used. Most of the time, it's not possible to return it after I figure out that I don't need it. I do have a class that
and MyArts lab and havent used them at all.
4 semesters. I bought a clicker that was used once and I had to purchase an online access code before the professor decided not to use the

 definitely need the book or not. Sometimes there is very important additional information in the book or the homework was taken from the b
ials until they are actually used. Rarely do I end up buying them, even though the syllabus says "required".
"it is highly encouraged," so if you actually care about making a good grade, you will most likely buy it. Technically they stated it was optiona
e required that are never used, or some books come with a cd which is never used.
 study guides because they do not relate to the testing material.


over purchasing for materials unnecessary is affecting our pockets. There needs to be more faculty/staff coordination between themselves an
port materials for one class in which the software was used for one assignment. I have never used it since then, which is a little disappointing

must be bought new. The ones purchased this year were over $70 each on top of the $110+ used book for the class.
d represent a false commodity.
ended books at the beginning of the semester that were never used, but they profs never said I had to have them.



 ertain textbooks but sometimes they never even refer to the textbook throughout the entire semester. It is pointless for students to have to sp
erials for a course. Or I might just not know what that means.
 nly once in the semester
t it was not very helpful, and only time consuming...and as college students, time is one of the things we don't have!!
ll need them to get work done or from the use or those materials
 $30 to register it and maybe used it twice. THEN I had to buy another clicker for a different class, again, about $70. Never used after that se


 aterials come packaged in a plastic bundle, it makes the entire set unreturnable.... Which is completely unfair and extremely wasteful.
 y bundles the engineering textbooks together with property tables, manuals, or study guides, such that it is not possible to purchase the textb


 ext are almost always never used.
 but you never use it (and can't return it to the bookstore).

 ion manuals, etc.) was used for all the business classes I have taken. Most of the time I use the extra materials more than the actual book.
ent I haven't had this happen at A&M but it has happened to me.
ven get opened.
s before finding out we didn't need them. So I wasted money.
 d. However, the professor did not cover chapters in an organized manner making it difficult to understand the required textbook. I purchased
ple items that were said to be required and a month into class the professor told us we wouldn't be using them but by then it was too late to ta
 equired support materials. When we did require them, they were used quite often.

  guides and such were completely unnecessary. The bookstore shouldn't recommend that we buy books we don't need.

 re thirty dollars for our physics class because our teacher made it mandatory. We then had to pay fifteen dollars just to activate the clicker on
 oftware for some courses and find that I do not use them enough to warrant the price paid for them.
  nes, lecture objectives all of these are things that I have been asked to purchase for some of my classes and it always ends up the textbook
online access to a system and a unbounded book plus nutrition guide and an iClicker in a bundle. I have never used the undbound book, the
 ls that I had to buy were never used for the course.
 at were required, really expensive almost $300 books that on the first day of classes my professor said we did not need. He then provided us
  nline study material as a package with my textbooks that was unnecessary
  isinformed about the type of remote multiple choice answering device the university used and he had to make us buy a different one after mo
  is reinforces class instruction. Text, lecture, lab, homework, big-picture life application - they all have to synch for learning to truly work.
h cds and extra pamphlets and books in a package which are basically NEVER used.
   we used the additional information, but I didn't feel like the expensive support materials were needed to get the point across.
 ased and never used. Usually for those classes they were the professors own notes, so it seemed like they wanted extra money.
 their required list, even thought they do not lecture out of the book and do not test over it. This is called RECOMMENDED reading, not REQU
 book because of the competitive prices online.
more than offset by keeping fees stable.
CPS Responders (clickers for class use) and the subsequent registration fee every semester, and then using them simply to take attendance
 nd engineering graphics package frequently. they were inexpensive and a big part of the classes, much more worthwhile than the textbooks
  m 101 that I didn't actually need and could not return for full value!
 aken classes outside of TAMU and so my response to this question may not be reflective of my experience at TAMU.
 erials required, and for some items, I got to use them in other classes too. This includes a clicker, chemistry goggles, etc.
  but it wasn't expensive so I wasn't upset about it.
any support materials are listed for reference and giving the student an opportunity to become further versed in particular topics.
es with the textbooks
  aterials would include classnotes and lab manuels, which I have used. Some textbooks come in packages and you are forced to buy a workb
  professor required outside support material that were not essential to the class.
  professor required outside support material that were not essential to the class.
 upport materials
at I syllabi said were "required" for lab courses only to learn that they were available for check out from the equipment room.
y math class all my other classes "required" me to purchase their books but I didnt as we still havent used them.
 a textbook package that I never used (the workbook probably helps to jack up the sales profit of the textbook company). I also had a few left
of times the support material (mainly extra problems) don't have solutions so you cannot see what you are doing correctly/incorrectly. The on
 a syllabus, have been categorized as "supplementaal" or "recommended", not required.

 i did not notice there was the Course Compass Code included and had accidentally bought one separate as well- luckily i was able to return
y the bookstore that I will need it and we never even use it.


 book lists under Texas A&M's bookstore of which books are REQUIRED for my classes and then once I begin in that class I am informed tha
 can't be sold again, book and supplement media not even current anymore to sell to a student of that class.
 ort books that they only use to give homework out of. I would really love if they could just write the problems down so I didn't have to buy a b

 s to get supplemental reading material, and then never brought it up in class.
m for me to buy but the profs often fail to ever put them in use.
hen attending classes.
D" have been used at least a little.

 r where they required us to buy clickers, but then the professor couldn't get the program to work correctly to take attendance like his objectiv
buy an access code for a Spanish website that does not even correlate to my text book. On top of that, I've never been asked to use the site.
tional material was required that was never used, even materials that were written by the prof.

 360 text? MEEN 364 text? Never used it and found I couldn't sell it back since they switched to a new edition!!!
major, so that's not a huge deal.
 Science 201 course and was required to purchase an online textbook and a clicker for responding in class to questions. It is the end of Octo
port materials for a course that were received late and were of very little assistance, despite the fact that they had been paid for on time.
buy online access codes but then we never need them for the course. The worst part is that those codes usually cost around $50. OUCH!
 ken where it was indicated on the book list that a certain cd that comes with the book was needed. I wasted money trying to buy a new book
pped in a clear plastic wrap are not resellable after it's been opened. I bought a three textbook bundled in one package.Individual sales not av

a study guide that sometimes never gets used.
which I have not needed on several occasions, and in several classes.
ourse and after the first week he told us he doesn't use them and MSC bookstore said it was required.
clicker" in my government class
 purchase a my history lab and I read an article on it once on the first class period and never used it again.
ul in understanding the class objectives but with the professor never asking about the extra material, assuming the students will study it on th
ograms bundle in workbooks and other materials that professors don't know of, so they don't use.
 book for a class and have never used the e-book..i paid extra for the printed out hard copy instead..we should have the option to purchase a
not actually required but recommended were added to my required list. Again I spent unnecessary time searching for components of the pac
upport materials that are independent of the packaged study guides or notes materials that the book publishers provide.
e not required, but were recommended, and then ended up never using them and still making an A in the class.
 e cost of these extra items..In some instances, after I've purchased the item a professor will inform us that we won't have a need for it...

of my textbooks any semester.
d them because they were too lazy to read.

ar models in chemistry that were never really needed.
cause as the class went through the books more people would buy them around the time we would need them thus the book store would hav


so, my math teacher made us sign up for a website but it has a 120 day free trial so that was really nice of her to find that for us.




 with the lab manual.

 nstead. I would much rather a professor hand out materials of the exact things they want me to know, instead of buying an expensive book t


ok. This requires an added fee. These fees and textbooks cost have added additional financial burdens which make college difficult to financ

oes not even get used.




ter the semester I used it, thus they would not let me sell it back.
ine access card, which has to have never been used. I found out later I didn't have to have those books, and could have gotten a later edition

uide to pass this course". I figure the professor knows more than I do, so I buy the study guide only to realize it isn't necessary.
dent was required to buy a $45 membership for the semester, and I never logged on once because it was a team project.

or for check out that would be more beneficial to us students.
d it was quite frusterating.
ave for them. The exceptions are math, engineering, chemistry and other sciences that are harder than normal courses.
 only to find out we won't actually be using them. The teacher "just thought we'd like them".



r an online science course. After I had opened the package and organized a binder for the looseleaf papers, our instructor informed us that a




ue to complications. I paid nearly $100 for a clicker that fits in the palm of my hand.




mental materials just to discover it is photocopies of class notes. I know how to take notes. I don't need them preprinted for me.




e support material which is even crummier.

g these books.




tor. I was not able to sell back the box of materials even though everything was there because I had already opened it.


ou are not able to sell them back because the seal was broken. This is a waste of materials, money and time. We are college students and m
book and English 1302 textbooks. ( Though they're textbooks, they were so seldom used that I consider them support materials for the class
 the very reason that they are hardly ever used.
s for my first class without having to buy a subscription.

e do not cost more than the required book I'm okay with buying them.




 It seemed to be a novelty, something I would need for TAMU-CC. Something that costly shouldn't be used only for a year.




ested reading.

buy what we actually need.
e students ahead of time if they decide not to use materials.



00. The professor who was teaching the course had co-written the book. When she gave us homework out of the work book she did not eve

at we aren't going by the study guide anymore.Organic Chemistry- The professor taught from a different book midway through the semester.
could have used my library fee I am required to pay to print those out for free instead of purchasing them from the bookstore.



ss could not return it.

re required just to realize at the end of the term we never used them....




125Software purchase, even a student version cost $45Flickr account $35Hard drive for storage $35Print costs (tbd) one cost $5This is for o
te student look up links for us or write up a resource page with what we need to know. I will say that the same professor did upload essays fo
te student look up links for us or write up a resource page with what we need to know. I will say that the same professor did upload essays fo

ion the culture of the students and our time issues. If the work enhances learning great but no busy work please.
o been made to purchase the whole set of new books with extra materials because there weren't any used ones available.
ased only the main book and either borrowed or purchased the others as needed.
 inical skills equipment has also been a huge expense is typically provided in the simulation centers or elsewhere. Although, they are likely m




u go look at textbooks to purchase it states required.
 e, and it doesn't.




ofessor requires then you never look at the material not very professional.




e if you are doing the work correctly.

at was never used. Pretty much the textbook will come in a "bundle" with other stuff we wouldn't use, yet the price for this was 30 dollars mor

e never the book, which cost the student $90.00 to $150.00.
 . I sit in front of a computer all day and i don't need to be on a computer in the evenings.




 but in reality it adds nothing to your understanding or knowledge for tests.
o digital copies of all of their textbooks, then the University should at least place all support materials in digital formats at a greatly reduced fe
gineering course I took as an undergrad that had use purchase some material which was only used once. That was slightly annoying.

ooks come with some type of software. That software was never used in any of the classes.
nth of what I spent? How is this fair?




had to purchase a speech book from the campus store that came with a speech lab online program that we NEVER used and didnt understa




urchase of such materials when similar services are provided free of charge by the University.
e. It made the book more expensive. The book was from the Pearson Publishing Company. Because of this "password", I was not able to se

s code. We have yet to need to use either one.
hose few pages it was nonreturnable.
my whole graduate career that a teacher required it so I thought I might actually need it for something!




he suggested to "might as well buy it." Never used any CD in four years.
ongated version of a normal notepad. I never bought one but we were told just about every class period that it would benefit us to purchase o

bookstore says I'm required to have the support materials, which never end up being used.
e the disk then your book is unreturnable. Therefore I personally won't use some things I should because I want to be able to return the book


taught. Do not put a kit together for class then have us use a third of the kit.
d here, and since then I have learned to ask the professor first before purchasing.




BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS, you can't return the bloody thing. Conveniently, on Day 1 or 2, the professor will state how they are n




 or your lab partner had to have them, but not both of you.

usually a waste of money.
we end up buying a $75 clicker that we use a grand total of three times. And because we never use them, there are startup glitches that coul

 t's not even a book. I had to buy a manuscript from a teacher who had wrote it that wasn't even in print as a book yet just be use he wrote it.

main" book and the additional book for the course was not even touched or not that useful in some cases.




at will never be used! That is a large amount of paper and money I just wasted.



 ne of which I have used or wanted. But were apparently all "required."
ust extra work for 30-40 more dollars
 he only thing in this bundle to be used was a CD-ROM. Then, even unused, this book with tear out worksheets cannot even be sold back fo

oblems" and an additional "solutions" product, that are usually "recommended" by the prof.So, yes and no.
old new and it was not offered used. I dont ever foresee my self ever using the programs.
I think that's where the real burden starts to come in to play is when we are bombareded by more and more things we must buy in order to ta

Resource class and it was a book that appeared to be something the professor thought we should read just for the course, maybe just for fun

e and are fully capable of researching on the internet and in the library on our own. A&M gives us access to scholarly journals and such so w




 W textbook, from the bookstore. I have only rarely used these online materials and find them dumb, even then.


es. Therefore, I had to buy the online edition of the book to get my grades...and you can't sell back online books!

 been nice to know.


ded. I just need the textbook. Don't charge me for additional material I don't care for/ need.



 d them once.
 ker and the access to it adds up quickly on top of the cost of tuition. Professors need to think about that, its easy for them to say you need th

 I don't need it. I do have a class that uses the normal student fees to cover the expense of the supplies and they give us what we need. I tho

 the professor decided not to use the service.

 the homework was taken from the book; instances like these were the only times the professor said we absolutely needed the book. In othe

Technically they stated it was optional though..




 coordination between themselves and the sellers/merchants of these materials.
ce then, which is a little disappointing. Most professors, though, do not require purchasing additional materials unless it will be used for regu




 s pointless for students to have to spend so much money on something they never even use.
, about $70. Never used after that semester. Ridiculous.


unfair and extremely wasteful.
 is not possible to purchase the textbook by itself. This is very frustrating.




aterials more than the actual book.



d the required textbook. I purchased support material for ~$120 less than the required book. The second book was much better and covere
them but by then it was too late to take anything back.


s we don't need.

n dollars just to activate the clicker online, and we only used it once.

s and it always ends up the textbook stores "never have any used"
never used the undbound book, the online access I only used once for a project at the beginning of the semester. And the iClicker, I use it tw

we did not need. He then provided us a choice of using much less expensive books for his course. This would have been really nice informat

 make us buy a different one after most of us had already bought the kind he suggested. He said we should return them if they were unopene
 synch for learning to truly work.

o get the point across.
hey wanted extra money.
RECOMMENDED reading, not REQUIRED.


sing them simply to take attendance. That equates a class spending thousands of dollars so the teacher can take attendance easier.
more worthwhile than the textbooks

nce at TAMU.
istry goggles, etc.

rsed in particular topics.

es and you are forced to buy a workbook or another book that comes with, that I have never used.
he equipment room.

book company). I also had a few leftover scantrons.
e doing correctly/incorrectly. The only course that the support material was used and helped was Math 141.


te as well- luckily i was able to return the single Compass Code, and used the one with the text book- i think they were about the same price



 begin in that class I am informed that I won't be needing that book any longer. By then it is usually too late to return the book for any money.

lems down so I didn't have to buy a book that I never read.




 y to take attendance like his objective was, so our clickers were not used.
 ve never been asked to use the site.




ass to questions. It is the end of October and we have still not used the clicker for any activities in class. I find this very upsetting since I'm su
 they had been paid for on time.
 usually cost around $50. OUCH!
sted money trying to buy a new book that came with the cd
n one package.Individual sales not available.Only of the three books was used for the semester yet i had to pay for the price of three.Besides




 uming the students will study it on their own, I feel like an extra $80 would be better spent paying my utilities.

should have the option to purchase an e-book or purchase the hard copy.
 searching for components of the package I needed trying to save money rather than purchasing the University Bookstore's overpriced and m
blishers provide.

hat we won't have a need for it...
d them thus the book store would have a shortage. I purchased the books as he said and it turned out that we didn't even get done fast enoug


 of her to find that for us.




 stead of buying an expensive book that is only partially right, or may only be used 1 or 2 times during the semester. Now instead of buying e


 which make college difficult to finance. This is with scholarships and loans.




 and could have gotten a later edition. Each cost me roughly $215. I found out later that they encouraged people to use the "international edi

 alize it isn't necessary.
 s a team project.
normal courses.




ers, our instructor informed us that all assignments would be submitted in MS Word format through the dropbox of our online class. Since I h




hem preprinted for me.




eady opened it.


 time. We are college students and many of us have loans that we will have to pay back. Why do we need to be wasting the governments mo
 them support materials for the class; I only recall using them about 2-3 times out of the 15 or 16 weeks of class).
sed only for a year.




 out of the work book she did not even count it as a grade. I stopped doing any work in this "work book" the 3rd assignment in. It was a COM

 book midway through the semester.
m from the bookstore.




nt costs (tbd) one cost $5This is for one class
same professor did upload essays for us to prevent us from buying two other books. I appreciate that because five books for a class would b
same professor did upload essays for us to prevent us from buying two other books. I appreciate that because five books for a class would b


 ed ones available.
elsewhere. Although, they are likely materials I would eventually purchase.




 the price for this was 30 dollars more than the regular textbook by itself.




digital formats at a greatly reduced fee. No printing is a win for everyone.
e. That was slightly annoying.




 we NEVER used and didnt understand why the online lab was not sold seperately and not included into the book price.
 this "password", I was not able to sell the book back.




that it would benefit us to purchase one.


 e I want to be able to return the book at the end of the semester.




 e professor will state how they are not going to be using the clicker after all. See the trend?




m, there are startup glitches that could be resolved in the first three days, being resolved five weeks into the term.

as a book yet just be use he wrote it. My thirteen year old daughter makes less grammar errors then this person and I had to pay for it not hap
ksheets cannot even be sold back for a reduced rate. This was unacceptable as the bundle cost $175.00. Meanwhile, the CD could have on



ore things we must buy in order to take a class.

ust for the course, maybe just for fun or for our benefit. It was a book that you would buy at Barnes & Nobles.

s to scholarly journals and such so why should we have to pay for it again because the professor has us get a textbook required with the pack




, its easy for them to say you need this but its not as easy to be able to afford it after paying for everything else.

and they give us what we need. I thought it was very considerate and convenient.



absolutely needed the book. In other cases, we were told the book was optional.




aterials unless it will be used for regular assignments or they provide free access to these materials and softwares.
nd book was much better and covered all the course topics. IThe first book was not necessary and a waste of money.




semester. And the iClicker, I use it twice a week for 1 class. All a waste of money.

would have been really nice information to have prior to purchasing my textbooks.

ould return them if they were unopened, but in order to register them to your class you had to open them to read a secure code on the back.




er can take attendance easier.
hink they were about the same price too..



ate to return the book for any money. My only option is to sell it back to the University Bookstore at the end of the semester, usually for a qua




I find this very upsetting since I'm sure the clicker increased the price of the course materials by a significant amount.



d to pay for the price of three.Besides, the other two books had different spellings compared to the textbook by the same authors for the same




versity Bookstore's overpriced and mandatory book packages.
at we didn't even get done fast enough with half of the books and we ended up not needing the other half which was around a little more than




e semester. Now instead of buying every book i need for all my classes, I just ask fellow classmates if they have taken the class and if they h




d people to use the "international edition" because of cost and it was the exact same thing. Also, listed that I needed "study guides" that each
dropbox of our online class. Since I had opened the package, I could not return it for a refund.




ed to be wasting the governments money for stuff we will not use and then have to pay back. Also books are changed so often that they are n
 the 3rd assignment in. It was a COMPLETE waste of money. I wish the Professors were more aware of a requirement that is not going to a




ecause five books for a class would be ridiculous.
ecause five books for a class would be ridiculous.
the book price.
person and I had to pay for it not happy!
0. Meanwhile, the CD could have only cost pennies to make.




get a textbook required with the package?
aste of money.




to read a secure code on the back.
nd of the semester, usually for a quarter of the price I originally paid for it.




icant amount.



ook by the same authors for the same course.The textbook was surprisingly filled with outdated statistical information eventhough it was a "n
 f which was around a little more than $100.00!




hey have taken the class and if they have ask their opinion on buying the book. If they were able to be successful in the class without the boo




hat I needed "study guides" that each cost $35, and after I purchased them for the first day of class, the teacher said I didn't need it.
are changed so often that they are not able to be reused as they should. This just adds to the waste products that are produced, and the am
of a requirement that is not going to add to the learning experience. I am fully paying for my own college education and cannot afford to shell
al information eventhough it was a "newer" edition.
uccessful in the class without the book, I do not believe the book is a necessity.




eacher said I didn't need it.
oducts that are produced, and the amount of trees that are killed to make them.
education and cannot afford to shell out money on things that are going to be useless to me and pointless to the classroom.
ss to the classroom.
CSAB Textbook Survey Fall 2010
I have not been able to sell back a textbook because a new edition was going to be used
in the course.
                                                           Response        Response
Answer Options
                                                            Percent           Count
Strongly Agree                                               64.5%             4258
Agree                                                        16.5%             1089
Neutral                                                      13.7%              905
Disagree                                                      4.0%              262
Strongly Disagree                                             1.3%               88
Please add any addtional comments below.                                        874
                                                     answered question              6602
                                                       skipped question                 5


                                                        Please add any
                                                        addtional
                                                        comments
                                                        below.
                                                        This is one of the most frustrating things about textbooks, and quite f
                                                        This happens very often!
                                                        That's what the Internet is for.
                                                        I can remember at least 4 times where I bought a book that wouldn't
                                                        book are really expensive and we did not use them and then i was no
                                                        This happens way too often
                                                        I've had this happen a number of times, particularly in history classes
                                                        This has never happened to me but I see it all the time.
                                                        I've even kept books from one year because I needed to take the sec
                                                        Almost EVERY time or they wouldn't buy back because it wasnt boug
                                                        At least once a semester.
                                                        This has happened to me multiple times but now I use payitforward t
                                                        This is happened to me plenty of times. I mean seriously, how much
                                                        Why should I be stuck with a book that has only been updated on the
                                                        I bought a book the 2nd summer semester for $200 and when I sold
                                                        I will tell people that if they can not buy a new book see if the profess
                                                        It sucks when you're trying to sell books back and A) don't even get h
                                                        Some teachers do not even use the new editions! I couldn't sell back
                                                        General chemistry book
                                                        This has happened to me multiple times.
                                                        Happens every year
                                                        happens constantly..I do not buy textbooks from the university books
                                                        THIS IS RIDICULOUS. Especially when sometimes the professors s
                                                        Buying an expensive book that I can not sell back is also very annoy
                                                        happens almost every 2-3 yrs
                                                        This happens more often than not!
                                                        Absolutely frustrating whenever this happens.
                                                        I have had it happen to me more than once. They would not buy it ba
                                                        Only through the Tamug bookstore. I have been totally denied from t
                                                        My science book for Intergrated Science 151...and I didnt buy the 2n
                                                        This happens with most textbooks most of the time. It's not that the n
I am a first semester freshman.
This happens very often.
EVERY YEAR!!!! And when I bought the books they said that I can us
This has happened multiple times.
This happens very often.
I am a first semester freshman so I haven't had time to encounter this
I was required to buy a Deviant Behavior text book and a Drugs In So
This has happened many times. With limited funds, I need to be able
This basically seems to happen every semester. I have about 20 tex
This has happened multiple times. Alot of the times i had to buy a ne
That is really annoying, so not only did you not get to sell back a boo
I want to keep it!
It is very frustrating to get to the book store thinking you are about to
This is my first semester, so I can't answer this question.
This seems to happen EVERY semester. And, the "new" books are
The edition of the book will change within the semester or by the star
For two courses this has happened to me.
That's ridiculous! stick with one book for a year or two. Not try to mak
Its not the students fault if a new edition is coming out. Books should
I have not tried to sell back my books yet-- as we are only in week 7
I think that this situation is really ridiculous because for a student tha
They only offer like $10 back for a book you purchased for $150. I se
Also when you pay over $100 for a book it is hard to sell it back even
I bought a brand new copy of an astronomy book copyrighted 2010, t
Since this is my first semester, I have not encountered this yet.
I have not yet had the opportunity to sell back books due to the fact t
well i have not tried to sell back any of my text books yet
This is possibly the worst part about textbooks. I'm stuck with all my
This is most common.
Usually happens with general academics classes like history, geogra
Almost every single year the bookstore will not buy back my textbook
every year i have had to keep my books because they are not going
These textbooks change all the time and most of the time the informa
This has happened at the bookstore. However, I generally sell back
Yes, this has occurred to me before. In one course the book store ha
I paid over $200 in the spring for a book, and then a new edition cam
Never resold textbooks
I have had to buy a textbook in the Spring semester for class and the
This happens all of the time. Why keep an edition for only two semes
This happens all the time
Almost every semester I have been in college (I am currently in my 6
What is with this? Teachers rarely change the information provided i
If I have to buy it, then I better use it.
Glad your not using current textbook. Very bias
I can't sell back my freshmen success book because once it's out of
It's not fair, especially when the teacher tells you the first day of class
This has happened to me quite a few times.
I have been unable to sell back nearly all of my textbooks, because a
I've never returned a book to the school.
I bought three textbooks each for around 75 dollars or more and cou
Always had the right textbook edition for the class, although I did hav
I take all of my classes via distance education because I live about 7
happens a lot
Just about every course I've taken has done this, one course even re
This happened with my undergrad studies, but this is my first grad se
I sold one back from my history class that I had dropped. I paid 18 do
This occurs every semester.
some book were one edition older
In a 5 week course for ACCT221, I paid $234.30 for a book that was
This happened twice as an undergrad.
Every semester, the campus bookstore refuses to buy back books fo
I couldn't sell back a book which had never been used due to them u
Many of the math and science books are replaced yearly or every tw
happend to me almost every semester in one class
This is especially frustrating when the first edition was not old to beg
Those books are specially in the Math area, and some of the psycho
i still have books that i can not do anything with it.
This happens frequently. Some textbooks are well written and can b
This is totally a scam. I have to be blunt. When a new edition comes
One textbook for this term was somehow customized specifically for
It is very frustrating because the editions are constantly changing, so
No opted out because the unfair buyback price.
This happens to at least 3 of my books every semester.
This happens too often.
Even when I know the book was only used for one semester. It's like
It happens ALL THE TIME! I bought a 300 dollar book and the follow
Only once though.
I can sell it back but I don't receive much for it. Then it is sold for mor
It is absurd to make students buy a $200 book, new edition, that can'
Really pissed me off!!! Because it was the same information.
I have had books that my teacher said we had to have; we never use
THIS IS RIDICULOUS! Happens every year without a doubt!
I do not sell my books back. I can use them in the future.
I did not try to sell any back
On multiple occasions I could not sell a book back even though it wa
We students should get some form of cash back regardless as the bo
I can rarely sell back books because they are often sold with support
This has happened several times in my career, though as I progress
I USUALLY get around it----but this has happened.
I have bought several books that I could not sell back.
Spent $186 on a single book for a summer course that we did not us
It is not right for students to have to spend all that money on a textbo
this happened alot to me
3 Different Math courses and Government
When I am not able to sell back a book I am out a minimum of $100.0
This happens a whole lot!
Happens almost every semester. Constantly changing for a page or
This seems to happen every semester. Additionally, there are many
Seriously upsetting!!!!
Very annoying when the bookstore refuses to buy the textbook back,
Have yet to go through that process. I'm a first semester freshman.
Every single semester I have at least 2 books that they refuse to buy
In the past at this university I have been unable to sell back course m
I don't sell back my textbooks, I pass them on to other students who
This has happened several times.
I have a accounting book from Microsoft that paid a good amount an
New additions come out all of the time. We should still be able to se
In my Psych. class we will not be able to sell back the book because
I havent been here a full semster, I am currently completing my first s
And I have been required to purchase a new edition at new price bec
I actually bought textbooks from students at WT and AC for 7 years b
There is a new biology book coming out and I won't be able to sell ba
Bought a chemistry book 2 years ago for $175 and it was republished
I have been refused a textbook buyback saying they no longer neede
This happens for at least two classes every semester.
Happens at least once a semester.
how ridiculous! you're forced to keep a textbook that you'll never hav
new editions come out quick.
There have been several books I've paid full price for, went to sell th
This has happened several times. When you purchase the book the
I do not sell back my books, they are a part of my personal library.
Yes, this has happened to me. If they're not going to be used for the
It's commonly known that new textbooks are going to be purchased a
This is very aggravating when you purchase a book one semester an
I could not sell back a book about contract law because a new one w
It has happened every semester to me to the point where I could not
and it sucks!!!
Even when they did buy it back I barely received anything for it.
This happens at least once per year, if not more.
This makes it really hard on people who really need the money when
Many of the core classes that have not used the textbook I was "requ
When I tried, the buy back price was 50% to 70% lower than I paid. S
After I bought an expensive textbook I was not able to sell it back bec
I have not had this issue as of yet, however many of my friends have
I keep all textbooks.
There are other resources out there that students can purchase/rent
It is extremely frustrating to be left with a copy of a textbook you will
I have had to keep several textbooks or try to sell them online becau
Usually occurs with about a quarter to a half of the books purchased
The history department has a BIG problem with this.
unsure. I will find out in december though.
All of my books from the Spring 2010 fell into this category.
This really upsets me because the new editions are not very differen
Each semester, I am required to buy books that I have no use for in m
I keep all my books.
none
This is my biggest pet peeve. I hate when I spend $180.00 on a USE
I haven't tried at this point.
I keep all of my graduate level textbooks and have not attempted to s
We buy a book and then we cant get rid of it because a new edition c
I am not selling back but keeping mine for reference.
Not a lot of things irritate me as much as this. The textbook compan
This usually causes me the most frustration. The whole idea of buyin
This has happened several times!! Even if I tried selling it to someon
This happens all the time!
This happens a lot, too.And, frequently, the differences between edit
Wasted money.
This happens with most summer courses.
Textbooks are either discontinued, because instructors are using new
This has happened to me several times and I have been stuck with te
It seems that every year a new edition comes out!
You should still be able to return the book.
What do you do??? You can't even sell them on ebay when this hap
had to buy loose paper book and was not able to sell it back
Comp.I books were 150 dollars and I couldnt sell it back due to new
There have been times when I couldn't sell my book back because th
I can't remember which textbooks, but it happened to me twice my fre
i don't sell back books because books are always changing and book
When I used to attend the community college that I transferred from,
I have not tried to sell back a textbook.
Happens almost every time I try to return a textbook.
I hated having this happen to me. It felt like a waste of time and mon
I believe this policy isn't fair because all the books that come out with
I have purchased numerous times I purchased books and then I was
Almost EVERY class I have taken I have to buy the textbook(s) new,
this is ridiculous. i understand that new editions are more accurate, b
I haven't run across this situation yet, although the buy back process
This happens alot with math courses
What makes this so hard is because of the fact that when I bought th
If I pay a large amount of money for a book then cannot return it whe
I have also not been able to sell it back because the professor was n
I have at least 5 books sitting on my book shelf at home that were bo
This regularly occurred during my core curriculum courses to the ext
MANY MANY times!
This is very hard thing to deal with, because it feels like it's a waste o
Or the instructor decided to change textbooks.
It's already tough living as a college student. Any money that I can re
I was not able to sell it online. I chose to not sell it back to the bookst
Either because of the above stated reason or since the new edition is
This is true. I wanted to sell back a book but it was not longer used. O
happens all the time.
I have also not been allowed to sale a book back when they were go
This is the most ridiculous thing. In most of my classes, the material
I do not sell back textbooks to the bookstore.
Waste of money. They come out with new editions that change minim
multiple times in various classes
usually the will give you five to twnety-five dollars for you book at the
This has happened to me three times the last two terms.
I keep my textbooks.
Have not tried, as of yet...
This seems to occur every semester in at least one of my courses.
This is my first semester so I have not had this issue here. I did have
It would have been nice to know that information before purchasing t
Sometimes this even happened with brand new editions that were on
This happens too often. They should let us know when we purchase
I do not sell back my textbooks because I usually reference them at a
This is understandable with the growing changes in America, but it w
Teachers change textbooks so often I've lost hundreds of dollars from
I've paid over $100 for books that I can't sell back or use again, or ha
I have a book that was never opened and not used in the class. I mis
It happens every year, even in classes where the material should no
Shouldn't matter if a textbook has a new edition of not. The university
Almost every book that i have ever purchased!
4 of my books so far, I couldn't sell them back
I have purchased a textbook that was a new edition and compared it
I have not attempted to sell back books since I would like to keep the
Some of the university bookstores do not buy back books in the sum
I bought a geography textbook for 80$ and they would not take it bac
I have 4 books last semester that I couldn't return, and 2 other books
Every couple of years and some time yearly books are discontinue a
Every semester.
Provide some way to get something out of a recently outdated textbo
Don't see why cause most teacher's will still say the other edition is s
Happens all the time
This happens to me ALL the time.
This is something that they need to tell us when we are going to buy
At least once a semester.
I've so far chosen to keep all my books.
The book I had purchased was a new edition as well, but a newer ve
This happens almost every semester.
Rip off
If a book was baught and used that semester. the book store should
All my classes are e-books we can not sell e-books back.
Or I had a book that was spiral bound and even if it was never used I
My freshman semester I bought a book that was "required" for my en
I was only able to sell back 2 of the 12 books I used last semester.
Need to stop using new editions every year
This is to be expected since textbooks are often updated, as they sho
THIS IS SUPER FRUSTRATING... why bother with book buy-backs
Only sold a few books back in the last 3 years because of new editio
N/A- I do not try to sell back my books.
The buyback price for a book was $7 because they were going to sw
One time, not a big deal.
It is very aggravating to have to purchase an expensive book - like th
This has happened numerous times before and it seems redundant w
Some professors require older editions to make the burden a little sm
I was able to sell back my General Chemistry textbook for 1311 and
1st semester....haven't tried to sell back books yet
I do not know yet if these will be used next semester.
This happens every semester!!!!!
This happens constantly. You buy a book with the intention of getting
I never sell textbooks.
I have not been able to sell back books that require a PIN even if I ne
I have had this happen MANY times and it is just not fair to the stude
sell back on Amazon
Bookstores should inform students or at least be aware of which boo
Also, the switch to ebooks has prevented me from selling back books
This has happened to me, I have bought an expensive book and tried
Textbooks at many times have new editions. The problem is that we
I haven't tried yet
It's discouraging to not have an incentive of selling back the book tha
I always have 1 or more books that I cannot sell back for this reason.
About half of my books in a year. Sometimes they claim that they hav
If asked to buy a book with several editions, perhaps a book from an
Books can be sold on Amazon.com
This happens all too frequently.
When teachers use one book then decide to use another and the boo
This would not be a problem if professors would accept AND ADVER
WE SHARE WITH PEOPLE THAT IS STRUGGLING
I pay over 100.00 dollars for a book that is used for 4 months and can
EVERY semester it seems like there is a "new edition" which usually
Why does the university system insist on changing textbooks every t
This ia always the case. Or I will only get $10 back
That has been a pain. The book that you need is the NEW edition, th
Out of all the books that I have purchased I have been able to sell ba
Central Texas College did not want to buy back the textbook I used f
Textbooks should be locked down before registration.
I have never tried selling a book back.
At least once a semester for the duration of my college career.
Most textbooks are updated annually so the used ones are not purch
It happens to us all
In those cases where the bookstore would not buy back the textbook
i do not sell books it is a good referance material
Also was not able to sell back multiple books because the professor
It is absolutely ridiculous the amount of money needed for even a us
This occurred to me so many times that I now have a collection of ou
This happens every semester, many times in multiple classes.
I purchased a textbook for $260 and tried to sell it back at the end of
Every semester the professor will change the book so I cannot sell th
Each semester it seems that many of the books used for graduate st
I had one semester that I bought 4 used books for almost $400 and a
That and when we spend $120-$200 on textbooks and get only abou
This has occurred on multiple occasions.
Almost all the time!
I keep all my textbooks
i didn't buy many txt books so i didn't try selling em back.
Happens every year
Never tried to sell back to the school
This happened for me a lot in undergrad at Texas A&M- College Stat
They buy it a very low price and yet we buy it very expensive even if
I have difficulties to sell back textbook becasue we are distance learn
This happens. It sucks. Professors seem to have no idea about the c
I am in my first semester, and have not attempted to sell any books b
Many times
All text books have been kept to help study for my comprehensive ex
live for the future, not the past
It is very irritating when instructors have us buy books that will not be
This happened with an expensive differential equations book.
This occurs more than 50% of the time.
Not yet as a grad student, but definitely as an undergrad. I'm sure it'l
Many times textbooks are not able to be sold back and the only thing
I had a book that i was not able to sale back because they had move
happens all the time
When I have been able to, the money you get back is no anything clo
This makes me angry. They change ten words in a 500 page book an
For many education classes I have to buy custom A&M books that no
I am a math major and this happens EVERY semester. I have bough
A $200 calculus book was not even able to be sold back for $10.
This is so annoying!
Annoying!
This is very upseting! When i purchased a book from the book store,
It seems every year my most expensive book that I buy new, is the o
This has never happened to me but I know it happens all too often
I hate it when that happens. Even a used textbook costs me at least
I hate this! Then we sell them back for a price that is ridiculous. For e
I would spend a lot of money on a book and it just sits around becaus
ALL THE TIME!!!
I keep ALL of my textbooks or donate them to the local public library
I have had to pay more than $40 for a book that I could not sell back
Many times. Professors need to have a set amount of time that they
I purchased 6 books for a class and none of them were purchased ba
The publishers are gangsters. They are extorting students. Change a
This has happened to me almost every semester and it seems the bo
This happens ALL the time!
I have also not been able to sell back a textbook because it was a cu
Many times I purchased textbooks, I was unable to sell them back be
I bought a brand new book with a cd/dvd included for my music class
This happens all the time. You pay over $100 for it then a new one c
And then you find out that they are using the same book, and they ju
This is unfair because I had to buy a new book at regular price and w
:(
Editions changed over the course of one semester.
We should be allowed to sell all of our books back and at a more rea
This happens to me almost every year!!
I barely bought the book at the beginning of that current semester an
And that you buy a book for $150 and can only sell it back for $15.
teachers need to either stay with the same book or use information o
I should be able to sell the text back to the school, no matter if the te
I never sell my textbooks back to the school or bookstore anyway. I h
Has not happened to me yet.
There's always a new addition being assigned and the following year
When the sell back price isn't 99% of the cost I paid to get this crap,
This seems to be happening more often than not..
I hate it when this happens, I would spend in total for all my class ab
A music history textbook, and judging by the content of the book I ca
I keep my books
Publishing companies make minor changes and they push professor
if we bought it then we should be able to sell it back!
If it wasn't for the new addition being implemented, it was because th
I have books that are no longer bought because the edition is not use
I've only sold two of my textbooks (person to person) in my entire col
Happens waaaaaaaaaaay too often...
This is what gets me the most, sometimes we can't return a book bec
I bought a new edition book, i unfortunately had a bad grade and had
They are very expense and the sell back is never even close to being
the online books I haven't used since I purchase the copy of the book
I am in my first semester so haven't run across this problem persona
Not only could I not sell it back, I paid $175.00 for it and used it very
This occurs quite frequently. On occassion, a professor may use an
I was unable to sell back the textbook at the local bookstores, but us
That happens very often. Even if you can sell it back, it is at a fractio
That happens very often. Even if you can sell it back, it is at a fractio
I sell them to online book stores, because the university never gives
On one occasion the textbook edition changed between the first and
I have several books in my house that I paid close to $200 a piece fo
Thankfully there's Amazon.com/buyback for those cases.
Language book: GermanScientific Writing group: the exercise book
The students who bought the books the semester after me were the
This is particularly true in the Computer Science Department's Softw
This doesn't bother me because new editons are more up to date, an
Why are we paying $200 for a book that has been out for years espe
Adding more colors or a new figure does not mean that my old book
Yes, but this is the cost of doing business. I don't buy a shirt expecti
It happened a few times that a new version came out and made it so
Other times they can't tell me why they won't buy it.
not applicable - first semester at A&M-SA not yet concluded
Usually it's because the book uses an online key. Once I use the key
Every year it happens.
Even though I went out and bought the book, I couldn't sell it back be
Even if I had just bought the "newest" version two weeks prior, my bo
While I have been able to sell previous versions online to bargain hu
This is an extremely frustrating problem because I have to spend 60
Extremely frustrating when the book is over a $100, it doesn't get use
This is what aggravates me the most, hearing that I could only get a
This is a big issue with some professors they say buy the new edition
Nothing upsets me more than this!!!!!
This seems to happen very frequently
Professors seem to require new editions almost every year and even
Good books gone to waste! Because i dont know many people who w
New editions come out all the time and the old books we have tried t
I feel like professors upgrade versions for no valid reason leaving stu
As a graduate student, most, if not all of the readings required for my
Again, not with this school.
I bought a brand new book because it was a new addition and there
This is the worst feeling in the world, because I could go on amazon
Happens all the time. Or they buy a book back for $5 that cost you $8
The Tarleton nook store WILL NOT buy back any books made at Tar
Most times I buy a textbook, I try to sell back the book not for the mo
Sell back to where? Tarleton's bookstore or online as a seller myself
The new books contain pretty much the same info so why change?
I feel if the book is purchased there should be a place where the recy
We should use electronic books as changes and updates can be don
But I didn't care.
This happened with my college algebra book. At the end of the year
That is so aggrivating.
This happens almost every semester.
MANY times!!!
I PURCHASED A BOOK FOR $146, AND BY THE END OF THE SE
Especially happens with A&M Special Editions and other textbooks t
I have spent hundreds of dollars on textbooks that were brand new a
Plus, when you go to sell back books in general, you can spend $100
I cannot sell back if it is a new edition, or it is an unbound book. I des
THIS IS BIGGEST RIP OFF OF THEM ALL. TEACHERS SHOULD
This happens all the time, and these books are usually the ones that
A lot of my books have been that way have to buy the new edition jus
I sold it online instead which was kind of an inconvenience.
Absolutely ridiculous! if i buy a text book, the LEAST the bookstore c
I have about ten of those and the new edition is almost exactly the sa
I have also not been able to sell back a textbook due to the bookstor
loose leaf books cannot be sold back which is a huge rip off!!! you us
almost constantly. or they "have too many copies" and then the next
Due to the fear of new editions, we receive less than tenpercent of th
I would like to use my education textbooks for my own personal colle
For graduate students many times the class is only offered once or p
Quite often, books are only kept for a few years. I often spend $200 o
purchased a 240 book brand new and NEVER used it and was not a
This is very frustrating... especially if then you find out the teacher st
I rent my books from an online source so I can get them ahead of tim
I do not buy textbooks.
This has happened several times to me in my college career.
I am in my 4th year at Tarleton and I can only return one book, either
This has happened to me twice. I spent around $100 and never saw
This has happened to me almost every semester. Especially with Po
I agree, however this is not always the case. When you have a wrapp
One particularly bad one is Statics and Dynamics by R. C. Hibbeler.
There's nothing like paying $150 for a book at the college bookstore
This is the worst problem because every time we go sell our books b
Again, numerous times. Sometimes they do buy the textbook back a
sometimes I feel that it is a book store scam so they do not have to b
This exact scenario has happened to me 3 times since I have been h
This infuriates me! It seems as though, and I have looked, all they a
i believe that there shouldnt be new editions all the time. i feel like i a
I have over a dozen text books that i couldn't sell back because they
This happens quite often! At least one book of mine, each semester
This happens every semester.
I have had several books that I no longer need be given back to me b
And the bookstores will also buy the book from you for as little as $1
That just recently happened to me this summer. The book was very e
This has happened several times. Most of the time I go to sell the bo
dislike the fact that i buy a book over 200 and when i want to return it
I haven't even tried to sell textbooks back because I realize that sellin
paid 180 for a accounting book that they wouldnt buy back, thanks!
It should be mandatory that textbooks be used for FIVE years. I don
This has happened to me on several occasions!
This happens with one book every semester.
Every semester almost. One semester I could not sell back any.
This has happened to me several times, and it's always so frustrating
I bought a book that I barely used for $100 and was only offered one
Business Corporate Strategy. The book was over $200 and I believe
New editions of most of my text books come out almost every year o
multiple occasions
This is what I despise the most. I have paid $150 for a textbook, and
This happens to me EVERY semester
I think it's ridiculous that professors expect students to have the new
It wasn't because it was a new edition, but because the textbook was
It is absolutely ridiculous that teachers and textbook publishing comp
I don't sell back books
Several times
I strongly agree because it seems like the most expensive books are
I bought a new text book and the next semester there was alerady a
Sometimes, they have the same information but yet they still require
My biggest source of income for purchasing new textbooks is the ret
Sarah Bednarz in Geosciences is the queen of changing textbooks b
This is very inconvenient and costly to students, because we literally
New additions with 5 words changed. Great.
This is usually the case... or if I am able to sell I get 20% of what I pa
I don't even bother selling books back anymore because it's a waste
Most of my science textbook. I've even compared the editions, only t
This happens practically every semester.
The professor was the author of the textbook and made a new edition
In business, I am only able to sell back about 1 in 4 textbooks.
Every other freaking semester.
chemistry and physics books
This also happens far too often.
This happens all the time. It's especially frustrating when you buy a $
I have also gotten bad deals when selling back to the MSC bookstore
Happens at least once every semester.
This has not happened very often, but my economics and english tex
This happens with at least one book each semester. Or it has perfora
I have either kept these old edition textbooks for reference, sold them
This happens ALL the time!
On multiple occasions. Additionally, I've been unable to sell back tex
I think that is so stupid. We pay $150-200 for a book. Then come to f
I don't try to sell back books. I did as an undergraduate, but that was
Or books went online
I have four books that cost a great deal and was unable to sell them
I have over 15 textbooks from three prior years of college that I cann
Mgmt 309!!! Any lab at tamu!
This has happened many times.
Every single time there is a new textbook that looks exactly like the o
This has happened to me more times than I care to remember. This
I've kept all my textbooks.
I have not yet had the opportunity to sell back textbooks because this
This is especially annoying when the textbook is 200 dollars and you
This happened with my Accounting class.
Many textbook bookstores will not allow you to sell back a textbook b
And the textbooks that I have, I get punished for actually using them.
Waste of $200.
This happens a lot.
My most expensive books are generally the ones I can't sell back too
I don't sell back books that I purchase as I am selective when buying
too many times to count
World Atlas. The world geography does not change that dramatically
I hate this more than anything, Im poor and these damn companies a
not being able to sell books back can set me back hundreds of dollar
I have not tried to sell back any books.
This is my first semester here, so I don't know if I can sell my book la
Often, the new edition contains the same material word for word and
my $200 required biology text book, that could only be purchased ne
It's not only frustrating that I wasn't able to sell back my book that wa
The prof alerted that different editions would be used and urged us to
The prof alerted that different editions would be used and urged us to
This happens a lot when it is the instructor's text book
I don't sell back to the MSC, I sell it to my friends because we get pa
All the time. So ridiculous.
This is a frequent occurence.
Comparing States and Communities by Norman LuttbegInventor Me
I have sold textbooks for about 10% of what I bought them at, expect
There is no use in selling books back for money, but for space, since
It is an absolute waste of money when that happens and then we hav
After the fall smester this usually is not an issue, but after the spring
This makes me very mad. We students most of the time wont ever u
I hate this. New editions often have the same material!! Very frustrati
I find this very sad, that a perfectly good textbook (that most likely co
When I bought a brand new book the book store said the sale was fin
New additions add very little new material and just move some aroun
We must buy a textbook that the MSC or other off campus bookstore
As a phd student I just buy stuff which I am sure I will keep for rest of
This is one of the most frustrating parts of buying textbooks, next to t
This is the worst. You pay $150 and then try to sell it back for $30 an
It was for Anatomy and Physiology. My first semester, I bought the "n
Ridiculous because some of the versions are almost identical
I've got about three books that are worth less than $10 (buyback pric
For my spring semester of my freshman year of college, I had to purc
It's happened to me multiple semesters!
Also, because the textbook was loose leaf.
This has happened to me several times during my undergraduate da
Always happens with Chemistry courses especially.
I have had many books that I was not able to return because the requ
This has happened to me in 4 courses now. The bookstore will not e
There's a SMALL problem with this. There are many professors who
The same book
I do not sell back any of my books. The unreasonable cost I payed a
This is very common for science books. If the book cost $200, they s
ALL THE TIME!!
Most of my books have been this way... I have a pile of books I now u
First semester, never had the opportunity to do that.
MANY MANY MANY times.
Technically this happened, but really I prefer to keep textbooks, so it
I've never had to sell a book back yet.
I could not sell it here, but online you can sell anything.
This happens EVERY semester without fail. EVERY semester and it
I think that at many times, textbooks are changed in order to make m
I have not resold any of my MBA course books.
I don't sell my books.
New editions are used way too often and they contain virtually the sa
It is ridiculous that about every two years a new edition of a book com
How is this not a scam by the publishers? We all know they despise
It seems like this happens every year and usually the new edition is
See above.
the customized workbooks, or just customized textbooks...
I had just bought a new addition at the beginning of the year, but app
Or it was a special "A&M" edition
I haven't experienced this yet as I am a freshman
i have yet to sell my book back. i wish to sell it back for a full refund
This always happens!!!!
PSYC 107 with Dr. Hull changes books every semester
This always happends to me EVERY semester.
I understand that this is a way to keep the information up to date but
This is a real pain, especially when there is not much difference betw
Yeah, I can always sell the back, but sometimes for like $2 when I pa
This has happened several times.
I've had 2 books that should have sold back for $90+ that I can't sell
Paid $150 for a book that we never used and could not sell back bec
every 2 years. the updated info is unnecessary. I have done just fine
yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's like someone is trying to get us to waste money on a book, knowi
I have never sold back any textbooks yet because this is my first sem
I'm a first semester freshman, so I've never tried selling a book.
This is the most aggravating part of having to buy textbooks for abou
I cannot express how many times i've bought a textbook for >$100 a
This is particularly irritating because oftentimes professors will allow
This has happened a few times.
This happens every semester or when they do accept the book back
Its rather annoying, especially when the book(s) wasn't used much, i
WHY IS IT THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE NEW EDITIONS ALMOST EV
I've had this happen and I've also had it happen where I can't buy us
The most expensive textbooks are the most often revised under this
Seems like every year they change the textbook, like a word or two a
This has happened for a Political Science Class that I took and my e
A required textbook (the most recent edition in fact) for a class I took
I was able to sell it - but for a ridiculously reduced amount. I don't see
Resell prices of textbooks plummet to a few dollars when a new editi
Most of the time I'm able to sell my books back. I don't get very much
It happens all the time
It is incredibly frustrating when I spend 200 dollars on a book that be
This is my first semester so I dont know yet
Seems to happen every year...
I have lost about $300 because of this reason.
I seem to be in the cohort that has to buy the new edition, not the one
Economics Book
I am a freshman.
I got like $4 for a $150 textbook
That sucks, when it happens. I had a math book that looked brand ne
SO FRUSTRATING! Why do I need the newest version of the book
My differential equations book became worth exactly $0. I was thrille
I haven't ever tried to sell back books yet. I guess I should in case, to
Especially when the book cost $190-$300!!! (aka Chemistry, Math). E
Frequently, the "new editions" have not had much change and the ol
I have yet to try and sell back a textbook.
The new Editions of books are hardly updated, the only thing that cha
This is usually the case.
This happens all the time!
Or the shrink wrap was off
This was the case for almost all of my undergraduate introductory co
I think that all bookstores should buy back their books whether there
I have not attempted to sell back a text book.
Pointless!!
Or because they say they have bought back enough but then when it
First semester in college, so I have not experienced this problem yet
I don't sell my textbooks. They come in handy later (sometimes).
This is a huge "duh." It happens all the time. And I'm pretty sure tha
I have also not been able to sell back a book because the prof hadn't
AT LEAST ONE TIME EACH SEMESTER THIS HAPPENS TO ME..
Please provide updates of the material provided in class in the form o
I have been able to sell back a textbook but only for a fraction of wha
I spent over $200 on a new book that was "old" after 1 semester. Hu
...and typically they're the exact same.
i have not had to try and sell textbooks yet
Many times. More recently I have had to buy custom textbooks that a
not applicable to me, i do not sell my textbooks back to the bookstore
I could sell it back but for only $10 when I paid nearly $200 for it
I have not sold back any textbooks yet.
Even if we are able to sell textbooks back, they only give us around $
Even if we are able to sell textbooks back, they only give us around $
This is the case for the majority of my textbooks every semester. I'm
After this happened, I have bought old editions and requested the ne
There is nothing less fair than selling a used book for about 15 dollar
Then I have later noticed that my version of the text book was actual
Even if you can sell them back, they only give you 10% of what it's w
This happens to me at least once every semester. Sometimes the b
The professor changed books at the end of the course and this book
This has happened to me with at least one of my books all except on
In some cases, a new edition was not being used, but the professor f
This happens ALL THE TIME!
I am a freshman and don't know yet.
I have never tried to resell a book in my graduate studies. But, I did
Either that or my textbook was valued very low when reselling, even
this happens all the flipping time.
This is my first semester, and I have not yet needed to re-sell my boo
EVERY SEMESTER! so frustrating.
It is good that the books are being kept up to date but it sucks for tho
That sucks. When they come out with a new edition, they've changed
This happens all the time.
usually keep books or sell to friends
This happens atleast once a semester
I keep all of my books.
I was forced to purchase a book for Aggie Access that was $80. I hav
I sold it back bt fr only an eighth of the price
I was the last year using an economics textbook that bookstore ran o
this is my third degree I use my books all the time in chemical engine
The MATH 308 was recently changed. The old book was a Customiz
I have many textbooks that I cannot sell back because a new additio
It is so annoying when this happens.
Several times
This happens nearly every semester. Authors make more money by
the bookstores are the biggest scam companies in the world
This happens all the time, but its not like it matters anyways seeing a
I keep my text books as part of my personal library.
Used textbooks are expensive, but we hope to get back some money
Usually they will buy it back for pennies, which is NOT cool.
Marketing for me, apparently the school stopped requiring a part of th
The bookstores offer one dollar for a book that cost two hundred doll
I haven't had to resell on yet.
This is the most frustrating thing ever. It is always the books I pay the
Education textbooks are often reprinted frequently and difficult to sel
The older editions are generally just fine. I'm a liberal arts major, so t
there's usually no remarkable difference between editions. in math-b
This is incredibly common.
The textbook has been updated to fast. Before every semester began
This occurs too often. It's absurd to refuse to buy back an old edition
Happened twice.
This is one of the most frustrating experiences!!!
I have a three stacks of books that cannot be sold back - and some I
Old editions are just as good as new ones. The only difference is one
This is the biggest problem I've had with books over the years, I buy
A large problem now is also with the more widely used online homew
It happen to me all the times
I've never sold back books because they don't give fair prices... but I
I keep all my textbooks.
sucks
I am not a fan of the "Binder" Textbooks. They are essentially a book
I haven't been able to sell back some new editions either.
happens everytime!!!
More than half the people buy textbooks because they are for school
See above comments about Business profs abusing this.
On a couple of occasions a new edition of a textbook was released r
Math books are the worst about this, and chemistry!
World geography and another book but i dont remember which one
Nothing is more frustrating than buying a $150-$200 book for a class
About 50% to 70% of books purchased (many of which were brand n
YEah this always HAPPENs to me...Im pretty sure I have a mini libra
This was the case with most of my business classes. Almost EVERY
History would be the one book you would expect not to be replaced y
I am currently a freshman, so have not needed to sell back books ye
I am a freshman.
This makes me absolutely livid. I spend so much money on these tex
This happens to myself of someone I know every single semester, es
this is the case most of the time for me!
This is a big problem. Oftentimes, the new addition only has a couple
I have had professors require old editions to text books that the book
I have only been here one semester so I haven't tried to sell books b
This happens to me almost every semester, but MSC does let you d
They change one chapter each semester to call it a new edition, and
Long ago this was the case - I then decided to keep the books.
This has become more and more prevalent. What is so annoying abo
I don't tend to sell my books
This happens every semester.
This has happened to me numerous times. Buying a book for $120-2
I bought a math book for almost 200 and it was the newest edition. T
Same story every semester. There is always a newer textbook that is
It is entirely ridiculous to be constantly updating textbooks to new ed
Teacher switched editions when not enough students could find the o
This is a very common occurrence.
I believe this is senseless and pointless especially when some stude
I bought a new book at the beginning of the semester and at the end
I had to buy a book for almost $200 that I used maybe 2 times and th
Rising textbook costs could be more than offset by keeping fees stab
This happens every semester.
It's impossible to sell. In a years time they already went up two editio
It's impossible to sell. In a years time they already went up two editio
First semester, haven't sold books back. But I know I will be using th
This happens most of the time! I have only ever been able to sell bac
It's ridiculous to have to spend several hundred dollars on textbooks
I hate buying a new textbook and not being able to sell it back becau
It seems to happen more and more now, it's almost not even worth it
This happened twice. I had bought a brand new copy of a STAT 211
We should be informed of this at the beginning of the semester so we
haven't tried to sell any of mine back
This happens all the time it is really annoying to buy a $100 textbook
This has happened to me several times a semester throughout the p
This has happened to me several times a semester throughout the p
BMEN 101 (Fernandez) - I could not sell back the book for this cours
this cause me to lose money and had to take out a loan in order to bu
CHEM 107
When the new edition was exactly the same, but for the change of so
This has happened several times. The ugly partner to this scam is w
Changing editions too often is a real pain. Especially when the conte
Certain courses, such as music and political science, get new edition
I prefer to keep my textbooks so I can use them for reference in the f
It stinks.
This happened to me with my $200 Chemistry book.
SUCH A WASTE OF MONEY.
I don't have a problem with this except that professors seem to feel t
It is really annoying to have to pay $200 plus dollars for a book you c
I don't care about the cost of the text books. This argument is mute to
Most of the time when you sell it back, they do not even cash half of
The Popken Writer changes every year so i would not be able to sell
This is one of the most frustrating occurances because majority of th
I am never able to sell back books regardless of edition change or co
Often the editions have basically the same information that is just org
BULLSHIT!
This seems to happen frequently with Math and Science textbooks. I
lost money, have no one to sell it to, so i simply give them away. all m
Even when a new edition isn't going to be used, many of my books w
understandable due to perpetually new technology
This happens almost every semester.
This really aggravates me. Students should not be victimized by pub
This has happend to me multiple times. it is frustrating because the b
over half of my collegiate books were not able to be sold back
If I buy it from the MSC Bookstore, I should be able to sell it back, pe
The buy-back rates that these local bookstores offer for current book
I have been stuck with a textbook before because a new edition was
Huge disappointment. What am I going to do with these books? No o
This happens every semester. Does the information change drastica
It is impossible to sell back the electronic attendance clickers/counte
It's not fair that I have to pay $200 for a book one semester and the n
I find this to be complete highway robbery. I have purchased books f
Makes me wonder if I am being taught the most up to date informatio
This is extemely frustrating and seems to happen more often than no
I didn't know what to do with the book because I wasn't ever going to
I feel that TAMU has allowed my wallet to be molested in ways that I
A lab manual that wasn't being used couldn't be returned; so not quit
This is stupid they should always use the same book and not update
N/A - I am a freshman
EVERY book I have bought the last 5 semesters I have had to keep b
This is one of my pet peeves. Teachers require us to buy a specific e
Physics
Yes this has happened to me several time. I have to purchase the bo
i paid 187 dollars for a chemistry book and tried to sell it back 4 mon
Never tried to sell back. If I am going to spend $150+ for the book an
Accounting textbooks, specifically tax books are awful about this. La
a calculus book that had a lot of mistakes and was useless in the cou
Almost Every book!
it gets really annoying when your told that the book you purchased w
this happens frequently and without warning!
This is always a big problem for students as well as local bookstores
This seems common for the Calculus, Chemistry, and Biology books
With new editions coming out every yr whats that to say on the inform
not only because the edition changes but also because the book stor
That is the most frustrating part because textbooks are so expensive
It was so frustrating -- I spent 200 dollars at times on books, only to s
Often the bookstore offers an outrageous two or three dollars for a bo
The has happened to me every semester. Every semester I buy book
Nothing is more annoying than buying a book for 100 dollars at the b
Every semester I buy a book that has only been used once, but I can
I have never attempted to sell back a textbook.
Many sciences books seem to change each year, so the "old" edition
I have a stack of books at my house that I cannot sell back. I can see
used books are great! stop upgrading... its usually only grammar erro
I have also had to buy a new textbook because a new edition was go
This is a big problem. One semester I didn't sell my books back and
I tend to keep all my books.
However, being an engineering major I have not wished to sell back
This constantly happens each semester. You spend close to $100 o
I've heard profs say that version three or four will work for a course, b
This only applies to the on-campus bookstore. However, it is genera
Seriously a book should be able to be used for a decent amount of ye
Very frustrating, especially for classes where I will never use the text
This was especially true with my freshman physics 218 and 208 boo
I have never tried to sell books back because the amount is always v
Yes! and the only difference was the page numbers and an extra cha
Someone was always willing to buy my textbook but at ridiculously lo
g things about textbooks, and quite frankly, has deterred me from buying them on numerous occasions.During the fall 2009 semester, I boug


where I bought a book that wouldn't be bought back for the above reason.
e did not use them and then i was not able to sell it back is a lot of waist of money

 times, particularly in history classes.
but I see it all the time.
 ar because I needed to take the second part of the course the next semester usually the same book is used and because the edition was ch
dn't buy back because it wasnt bought there

e times but now I use payitforward to sell my books.
 times. I mean seriously, how much more information is changed within a year, that it is needed to puclbished! They have new editions every
 k that has only been updated on the exterior not the interior.
 semester for $200 and when I sold it back only 4 weeks later after the summer session they gave me $15 back.
ot buy a new book see if the professor will allow the older edition, usuallly the professor will
l books back and A) don't even get half back and B) CAN'T EVEN SELL IT BACK!
 he new editions! I couldn't sell back my Accounting book which was about 150 bucks when my teacher used the old edition. Sometimes they



textbooks from the university bookstore anymore..too expensive...and I NEVER am able to sell them back
y when sometimes the professors say you can use a previous edition. :(
can not sell back is also very annoying. Chances are, I hardly looked at the book during the semester that I had the class, so there is a much


his happens.
than once. They would not buy it back because a new edition had come out. Also, when you buy a book used and they will not buy it back b
re. I have been totally denied from the bookstore and went on to sell my books for more then I purchased them for through other outlets. I no
Science 151...and I didnt buy the 2nd Edition for 152.
s most of the time. It's not that the new ones are better, they just change the front cover and switch a few pages or chapters around. What's u
ught the books they said that I can use it for the next year as well!!!!


o I haven't had time to encounter this problem.
Behavior text book and a Drugs In Society Text beeok that the book store would not buy back and the Deviant Behavior book was the new ed
  With limited funds, I need to be able to sell back any textbooks outside of my area of study. However, almost every year, a new edition of so
every semester. I have about 20 textbooks at home that have never been on the sellback list. I have not been able to sell a single book since
 s. Alot of the times i had to buy a new book because all the used were sold out and then was not able to return it because there was a new v
nly did you not get to sell back a book that you will never use you now are the proud owner of the older model, the illrelevent model! Most of t

book store thinking you are about to get at least a little cash for these OVER priced textbooks and then hearing, "sorry, but we're not buying t
n't answer this question.
emester. And, the "new" books are not even much different than the "older" edition.
ge within the semester or by the start of the next semester and the bookstore will not buy the textbook back.

book for a year or two. Not try to make money that have students buy new edition every damn semesters!
 edition is coming out. Books should still be bought back.
ooks yet-- as we are only in week 7 of the semester.
 ridiculous because for a student that doent have the funds to sit there and purchase these textbooks that cost an arm and a leg, it sets us be
 a book you purchased for $150. I sell mine on Amazon.com and often sell it for $50-$100 more than what the bookstore had offered.
  a book it is hard to sell it back even if it is going to be used you get $15 for selling the book back. This should be robbery!
 astronomy book copyrighted 2010, then was told that the bookstore would not buy it back because a newer version was going to be used the
have not encountered this yet.
y to sell back books due to the fact that this is my first semester as a college student.
any of my text books yet
 out textbooks. I'm stuck with all my old books because a new edition comes out that the professors will use. Also, the bookstore will give yo

 ademics classes like history, geography, etc.
 kstore will not buy back my textbooks because the school will be using a new edition textbook for the next semester.
y books because they are not going to be used or they will only give me 25 cents for them.
 me and most of the time the information that changed isn't necessary. Some teachers will actually tell you that the old textbook will work.
 ore. However, I generally sell back my books through online retailers.
ore. In one course the book store had the new edition of the book but the professor still followed the previous edition of the book. He said tha
 a book, and then a new edition came out this for this semester. So although the book was meant to be used in ~3 classes, I now have a usel

he Spring semester for class and then went to sell it back (with no markings what-so-ever in it) and have been told that they are not going to u
y keep an edition for only two semesters then change the book? We are college students. Every people saved helps tremendously.

 en in college (I am currently in my 6th semester) I have tried to sell my books back, and at least half of them were nonrefundable because a
 y change the information provided in the course just because a different edition is used. Usually the editions are identical except the front co

 ook. Very bias
ccess book because once it's out of it's shrink wrap it can't be resold.
eacher tells you the first day of class that you can use the old edition still.

 early all of my textbooks, because a new edition was going to be used or there was no demand for it.

  around 75 dollars or more and could not sell them back.
ition for the class, although I did have one class where the edition information was confusing to a lot of students.
 ce education because I live about 70 miles from campus. Since the campus is so far away, I have all of my books shipped to me and have n
 n has done this, one course even required a new book after using a new book.
 d studies, but this is my first grad semester so I have not had this happen (yet).
 lass that I had dropped. I paid 18 dollars for the book I believe, and used it once, it was already considered a used book when I bought it, an


 , I paid $234.30 for a book that was worth $0.00 at the end of this class. I saw other people using the same book in the next semester. I now

  kstore refuses to buy back books for which they were purchased, since new editions are out. For example, I bought a biology book for $250,
  had never been used due to them using a different book or different edition.
ooks are replaced yearly or every two years making it hard to resell them.
mester in one class
 n the first edition was not old to begin with, and had my professor tell me that the only real difference from one edition to the next is the order
  Math area, and some of the psychology classes
o anything with it.
 textbooks are well written and can be utilized again. Others, I think need to be replaced. I honestly believe this is a judgement call by the in
 e blunt. When a new edition comes out that has extremely minor changes and so soon after the first edition was made, there could be no oth
omehow customized specifically for use at Texas A&M -making it worthless to resell for a long-distance education student. There is NOTHIN
 editions are constantly changing, so I am stuck with many textbooks that I have no use for.
 buyback price.
 books every semester.

 only used for one semester. It's like the professor sees a new edition and the old one just isn't good enough anymore even though the book
 ght a 300 dollar book and the following semester I was only offered 5 dollars for it. Seriously?

ve much for it. Then it is sold for more than it was bought for.
  a $200 book, new edition, that can't be sold back. This has happened on numerous occasions. Be considerate.
 t was the same information.
r said we had to have; we never used the book and then I ended up having to recycle it because the bookstore would buy it back.
  every year without a doubt!
n use them in the future.

 t sell a book back even though it was in perfect condition.
 m of cash back regardless as the bookstore nor our professors warn us of the changes to the reading material. Prices should be drastically r
 use they are often sold with support materials with online codes that are only good once; also the university frequently changes text selectio
s in my career, though as I progressed deeper into my area of study selling back books was not such a concern. Many of the assigned texts
his has happened.
  I could not sell back.
a summer course that we did not use and then could not sell it back because a newer edition was being used for the Fall Semester.
  to spend all that money on a textbook and then can't sell it back at the end of the semester. Especially in basic courses such as history beca


a book I am out a minimum of $100.00

  Constantly changing for a page or two difference. Other students allowed to use older versions. Not very fair.
mester. Additionally, there are many books in the Education department that are specific to WTAMU and for some reason the bookstore won'

 re refuses to buy the textbook back, or only buys it back for $2 when the textbook cost almost $200.
ess. I'm a first semester freshman.
 east 2 books that they refuse to buy back.
 e been unable to sell back course materials because of a new edition or because the material was not needed for the next semester.
pass them on to other students who may not be able to afford them otherwise.
 icrosoft that paid a good amount and now can not resale it. My husband also has some autocad books that is the same way.
e time. We should still be able to sell back the old books anyway.
   able to sell back the book because it will not be used next semester.
 , I am currently completing my first semester thereforeI I havent had the opportunity to sell back books so i wouldnt know
 hase a new edition at new price because they changed textbooks, but the professors do not update their lecture notes or tests to reflect the n
students at WT and AC for 7 years because we either couldn't sell them back even in perfect condition or they were outdated or only given a
  ing out and I won't be able to sell back my brand new biology book that I got because a new edition is coming out.
   ago for $175 and it was republished the following year. Same material, different look.
 uyback saying they no longer needed a particular edition when I knew for sure that professors were still using it.
sses every semester.

 eep a textbook that you'll never have the need to use again!

 've paid full price for, went to sell them back at the end of the semester and they won't be accepted because of a new edition coming out.
s. When you purchase the book the book store tells you to take care of the book so it has more value when you sell it back to them. They sho
  are a part of my personal library.
  they're not going to be used for the next semester, they shouldn't be sold at a high cost and just given a fraction of the price for a return.
xtbooks are going to be purchased and used for the following semester, therefore, not allowing students to sell back their textbook in which t
 u purchase a book one semester and at the end of that same semester you take it to return it for a portion of your money back and they aren
 t contract law because a new one was used the following semester.
 to me to the point where I could not sell back any of my books.

 barely received anything for it.
ear, if not more.
ple who really need the money when selling books back. Especially if the book was really expensive. Most of the times, the newer edition on
ve not used the textbook I was "required" to purchase have taken on a new edition. I have on my bookshelf texts that I have never been aske
was 50% to 70% lower than I paid. So now I just loan it to someone who can use it.
 ook I was not able to sell it back because it was going to be the last semester that the instructor was going to use the textbook, I tried to sell
 t, however many of my friends have on textbooks that cost upwards of $80. It is inconvenient, especially when the new editions rarely have m

ere that students can purchase/rent books at a much better deal then at the college bookstore. There is no equity in purchasing a book or "c
 ft with a copy of a textbook you will never reference again. I do not mind having to keep a textbook in my area of study, but something compl
ooks or try to sell them online because that was the last semester it was being used. I almost feel like I should be told when I am buying the b
 ter to a half of the books purchased per semester.
G problem with this.

2010 fell into this category.
 e new editions are not very different at all from the old ones!
 buy books that I have no use for in my major and will never use again, but can not sell them back for others to use because it is suddenly 'ou


ate when I spend $180.00 on a USED text book and the bookstore does not take it back!

xtbooks and have not attempted to sell them back.
 get rid of it because a new edition comes out like every two years and if your in that unlucky few then you cant get any money back. Also the
 mine for reference.
much as this. The textbook company releases new editions so students won't be able to sell theirs back and other students will have to buy n
 frustration. The whole idea of buying and selling back books seems like such a racket. It seems that new editions with few changes are be
s!! Even if I tried selling it to someone else they wouldn't be able to use it and they would have to buy the new edition.

uently, the differences between editions are incredibly minor (in fact, I bought a previous edition of a textbook for an economics class. There
d, because instructors are using newer editions. They also change which textbooks they will be using for class. A few understand that we do
l times and I have been stuck with textbooks I never used and were unable to sell back.
dition comes out!

 en sell them on ebay when this happens.
 was not able to sell it back
 nd I couldnt sell it back due to new editions coming out. it was a waste of time and money because we never even used the books.
ouldn't sell my book back because they had already gotten their "quota" of those books back. I basically got ripped off because other people h
s, but it happened to me twice my freshman year.
books are always changing and books are bought back with lowest amount even if you used book carefully throughout the semester.
unity college that I transferred from, I used to sell my books back, but I now generally keep all my books.

 o return a textbook.
. It felt like a waste of time and money. At the end of it all I took the books I could not sell back and dumped them in a recycling box they had
 use all the books that come out with a new edition are almost identical to the previous edition. Some students buy the older versions of the t
s I purchased books and then I wasn't able to sell them because the professor decided to change books. I am stuck with a whole library of w
n I have to buy the textbook(s) new, then the next semester there's already a new edition out. Then, the "old" book can't be sold to the books
at new editions are more accurate, but it is so unfortunate and unfair that we purchase this expensive book just so it can collect dust.
 yet, although the buy back process on the campus is ridiculous. If I paid $200 for a required book I'm probably going to want a better return

use of the fact that when I bought the book I had to pay like 125 dollars and now I am never going to use it again and can't get any money off
for a book then cannot return it when the semester is over, I feel as if I have wasted that money. The bookstores should consider buying bac
t back because the professor was not teaching that class for the next semester. It is just frustrating to know that they can buy it back but just
my book shelf at home that were bought brand new for over $100 and I was not able to sell them back due to a new edition being used just th
y core curriculum courses to the extent that I gave up trying to sell the textbooks back if they had any relation to my major.

 h, because it feels like it's a waste of money not to get back.
 ge textbooks.
ege student. Any money that I can receive back makes a world of a difference. Also, from what I've heard most of the new editions of the textb
hose to not sell it back to the bookstore because they offered me roughly $20, and were going to sell it to someone else for about $80. I rathe
ed reason or since the new edition is out the edition being sold back is almost worthless.
  a book but it was not longer used. Or I sold back a book but I only got $7 back---it was a $100+ book. It was probably because they were sw

 ale a book back when they were going to still use back or get a retail price sale back for like $4 when I spent $80 or $90 on the book.
 In most of my classes, the material cannot change that much in one year. Purchasing a textbook for full price and not being able to sell it bac

 with new editions that change minimal information and the school adopts them. Really screws the kids.

wnety-five dollars for you book at the bookstore
 mes the last two terms.


 ster in at least one of my courses.
  e not had this issue here. I did have this problem at Navarro College.
 that information before purchasing the book. I could have rented the book instead of buying.
with brand new editions that were only used for 1 or 2 semesters.
ould let us know when we purchase a book that it isn't going to be used again, so we can determine if there is a cheaper alternative. We shou
 ecause I usually reference them at a later date.
growing changes in America, but it would be helpful if they were not so expensive to begin with and if the editions are not different then why c
 ften I've lost hundreds of dollars from not being able to sell back books I have no use for or interest in!
 t I can't sell back or use again, or have any use for period. The book was not even used in class because it was inconclusive or obsolete.
ened and not used in the class. I missed to return date by one day because my mother was in the hospital. I could not sale it back because th
 asses where the material should not change, such as math.
s a new edition of not. The university should buy them back and then give the textbooks to an organization that can use them. The student sh
 er purchased!
ell them back
  was a new edition and compared it to a textbook that was an older edition for half the price. There was a 1 page difference that cost over $1
  books since I would like to keep them for reference.
 s do not buy back books in the summer semester.
 r 80$ and they would not take it back because they were introducing the new edition. I did not get any money back.
t I couldn't return, and 2 other books that they would only give me $12 for each when the book cost well over $100 in the first place.
 time yearly books are discontinue and you are stock with the book.

ing out of a recently outdated textbook. Or if you know it will be outdated after the next semester, slash prices for the students who will use i
er's will still say the other edition is still use able because only one word was changed or something like that.


 to tell us when we are going to buy the old book and therefore they should give us a lower price on it since we're not going to be able to sell


 new edition as well, but a newer version was being sold for the following semester.


hat semester. the book store should be required to buy it back as if it would be used again next semester.
an not sell e-books back.
ound and even if it was never used I could not sell it back
a book that was "required" for my english class. We never used the book and I paid $200 for it and when I sold it back they gave me $3 for it.
 he 12 books I used last semester.

books are often updated, as they should be. One option is for the instructor to indicate if an older edition is still acceptable and, if so, the boo
 ... why bother with book buy-backs if they never get bought back, it's so expensive having to buy every new edition of every book for consec
e last 3 years because of new editions and books that were written by the professor that noone else uses but they're trying to pad their bank

s $7 because they were going to switch to a newer edition. Then I came back for the next semester and my friend I was going to pass the bo

purchase an expensive book - like the old BCOM and then have the new cheap paperback books come out that cost $50.00.
mes before and it seems redundant when when only a few items within the book itself change such as art or opinions.
ditions to make the burden a little smaller for the students, but sometimes even older editions are not that cheap, so when you're done these
 al Chemistry textbook for 1311 and my Statistics textbook for Stats for Life.
ell back books yet
used next semester.

 y a book with the intention of getting at least some of your money back at the end of a semester and a new edition comes out rendering your

 books that require a PIN even if I never used it
mes and it is just not fair to the student.

ts or at least be aware of which books will be buybacks for the following semester.Students need to know so that when they make their purc
evented me from selling back books.
 bought an expensive book and tried to then resell it but was notified the same book would not be used the following semester. I donated ma
ew editions. The problem is that we cannot sell our old books after the semester ends, and we need to buy new books at much higher price f
ncentive of selling back the book that was overly priced.
 at I cannot sell back for this reason.
 Sometimes they claim that they have "filled their quota".
al editions, perhaps a book from and older edition would suffice instead of spending ridiculous amount on a new editions whos only differenc


  n decide to use another and the bookstore would not buy it back because of no demand for it
 ofessors would accept AND ADVERTISE in advance that they will accept either the current edition, the most recent past edition, and/or the i
AT IS STRUGGLING
 ok that is used for 4 months and can't even sell it back because of the new editions. Books need to be sold for less.
here is a "new edition" which usually only has a few different pictures and probably a couple of different paragraphs.
 nsist on changing textbooks every two to three years? The amount of change in many core subjects are negligible and can easily be covere
 only get $10 back
 hat you need is the NEW edition, then when you try to sell it back, they are going with yet another new edition! Why is this?
 urchased I have been able to sell back only a third of the books. One book that I was trying to sell back I knew was to be used the next seme
ant to buy back the textbook I used for government because a new edition was going to be used in the course.
 n before registration.

duration of my college career.
ually so the used ones are not purchased back. Additionally, with the ever-increasing use of online textbooks, there is no way to sell them ba

ore would not buy back the textbook, I've always been able to sell them back online.
 erance material
ultiple books because the professor did not give the necessary information to the book store.
ount of money needed for even a used text book, especially when they are not purchased back at the end of a semester!!!!
es that I now have a collection of out of date textbooks. In one particular case there was a new text book purchased, then we could not sell b
 any times in multiple classes.
and tried to sell it back at the end of the semester, but couldn't because a new edition was going to be used.
 l change the book so I cannot sell the book that I bought the last semester and it is not good for me because I loose money from buying the b
ny of the books used for graduate studies are updated. With each book running at $100 or more, this becomes a very exspensive issue.
 4 used books for almost $400 and at the end of the semster tried to sell them back and they were worth $0. Those were some pretty expens
200 on textbooks and get only about $10-$20 back its more worth it to rent them in the long run or purchase them from amazon or some othe



 dn't try selling em back.


dergrad at Texas A&M- College Station.
yet we buy it very expensive even if it is a used textbook--that is unfair..
 book becasue we are distance learning students and no local bookstores will buy back the textbooks.
rs seem to have no idea about the costs they incur.
ve not attempted to sell any books back yet.

help study for my comprehensive exams. I doubt I will be able to sell many, if any back.

rs have us buy books that will not be bought back.
e differential equations book.

finitely as an undergrad. I'm sure it'll happen eventually.
le to be sold back and the only thing different about the new edition is the page numbers.
o sale back because they had moved on to a newer adition .
oney you get back is no anything close to fair.
nge ten words in a 500 page book and it makes my copy worthless.
ve to buy custom A&M books that no one takes back that are hundreds of dollars for terrible books
ens EVERY semester. I have bought over 6 textbooks that were at least$250 and not about to sell them back.
 en able to be sold back for $10.


 chased a book from the book store, then I can't sell it back is fustrating. I should be able to sell it back from where I bought it!!!!
pensive book that I buy new, is the one that I'm never able to sell back because a new one is coming out. A book should be used for about 4-5
but I know it happens all too often
n a used textbook costs me at least $100, usually more. If they're going to do a new edition, at the very least they can buy a book back at som
 ck for a price that is ridiculous. For example you pay 160.00 for one book and then get offered 12.00 when you go to sell it back. No thanks, I
a book and it just sits around because i can't sell it back.

 nate them to the local public library or Better World Books.
 for a book that I could not sell back because it was a different edition or at times I only received $11 for a book I payed $30 for.
have a set amount of time that they plan on keeping a text book.
and none of them were purchased back. I spent about $300 for that class alone.
hey are extorting students. Change a few problems, put out a new edition, rip off people.
  every semester and it seems the book that is no longer useable cost me upwards of $30 +.

back a textbook because it was a custom edition for the university.
ks, I was unable to sell them back because of an upcoming newer version (very frustrating). And sometimes the newer versions had minimal
a cd/dvd included for my music class. I never used this book and when I tried to sell it back i couldn't because a new edition (same book diffe
 ay over $100 for it then a new one comes out the next semester and you are stuck with the book
re using the same book, and they just buy it for a cheaper price, and feels like they are taking advange of us.
uy a new book at regular price and when I tried selling it back for at least half price it was denied. I could not even sell it to another student be

e of one semester.
of our books back and at a more reasonable price. Just because they are going to a new one doesn't mean they still can't take back the old o

eginning of that current semester and the bookstore won't buy it back due to not using that edition anymore, or if they do buy it back they give
0 and can only sell it back for $15.
 the same book or use information off the internet for the students because not being able to sell books back because teachers are using a n
ack to the school, no matter if the text is going to be used next semester or not and not lose as much as 75% of the purchase price I paid for
 the school or bookstore anyway. I have always sold them to my fellow students. It helps me out and helps them out.

eing assigned and the following year another addition is assigned, like anything changes from book to book.
% of the cost I paid to get this crap, i'm dissatisfied.
 e often than not..
uld spend in total for all my class about $400 in textbooks and I only get back $60 because a new edition will be used for next school semeste
dging by the content of the book I can't imagine any highly important updates to the material that absolutely required new editions.Several wo

or changes and they push professors to use the editions because their purpose is to earn extra money from new books. Because they canno
 able to sell it back!
eing implemented, it was because the class was not going to be taught for the following semester.
 ought because the edition is not used anymore.
s (person to person) in my entire college life. I believe they may help me when I begin my career. Additionally, my first and last experience a

ometimes we can't return a book because of a code that most of us do not even use.
 ortunately had a bad grade and had to retake the course by the following semester the edition had arleady changed.
 ell back is never even close to being half of the retail value. I opt to keep my book instead of getting back $5.00. Not to even mention to buy
 ince I purchase the copy of the book. I would just prefer using a real textbook instead of an online book. I sit in front of a computer all day a
en't run across this problem personally, but my daughter is at A&M College Station and that has happened to her multiple times between junio
 paid $175.00 for it and used it very little. OUCH.
  occassion, a professor may use an older edition to help minimize costs however the book still cannot be resold. Some professors, will allow
 book at the local bookstores, but used ebay to sell it to a student who's university was still using that edition.
  you can sell it back, it is at a fraction of the cost. Often, these books were never even opened because they weren't needed in the first plac
  you can sell it back, it is at a fraction of the cost. Often, these books were never even opened because they weren't needed in the first plac
 because the university never gives a decent price for what I paid for the book.
 ition changed between the first and second weeks of class. I bought it the first week and the professor gave assignments that were only in th
e that I paid close to $200 a piece for that were changed the very next semester. I was offered $5 for these on craigslist...
buyback for those cases.
 c Writing group: the exercise book
oks the semester after me were the last to use the edition and couldn't sell it back.
mputer Science Department's Software Engineering course. although the course is centered on concepts that have been around for a decad
 new editons are more up to date, and I can sell them back for way more than some old used book that has old information in it.
 ok that has been out for years especially if they know a new one is coming out next year?
 re does not mean that my old book is useless.
business. I don't buy a shirt expecting to get my money back either.
ew version came out and made it so that resale was not so simple. That said, I was never one to resell my textbooks anyway.
 y they won't buy it.
 A&M-SA not yet concluded
es an online key. Once I use the key my book no longer has any value. This allows the publisher to sell a brand new book every semester re

 ht the book, I couldn't sell it back because another one was being used. However, the book that I had purchased was only a few years old!
west" version two weeks prior, my book was said to have "no worth." I'm assuming the course is not offered this semester or the book has cha
evious versions online to bargain hunting students (or maybe they just didn't know about the new version), the selling price is usually very low
 roblem because I have to spend 60 to 100 dollars on a used book, then at the end of the semester I am unable to sell it back, not only is it a
ook is over a $100, it doesn't get used in the class, and you cannot sell it back but for maybe $1 just to "get it off your hands."
most, hearing that I could only get a $1 back for a book I spent over $100 for.
 fessors they say buy the new edition its the one im going to use then they end up using the old edition thus not allowing us to sell the book b


 editions almost every year and even when they do require the same edition, bookstores usually buy books for less than 1/4 of the price the s
ause i dont know many people who would buy the books. I also dont have time to get online and try to sell them, plus the edition is changed,
me and the old books we have tried to sell, they do not sell so we do not get that money we spent back.
 sions for no valid reason leaving students with a book that we paid $100+ with no resale value. And when I examine the new book, NOTHIN
 ot all of the readings required for my courses have been texts that I prefer to keep.

use it was a new addition and there weren't any used books avaiable to begin with. In the end I lost money.
orld, because I could go on amazon or ebay and still sell the books. The bookstores should buy the textbooks back, and try to sell somewher
y a book back for $5 that cost you $80.
OT buy back any books made at Tarleton or any loose leaf books, the buyback rates for paperbacks are also ridiculous. It does not make sen
 to sell back the book not for the money but for the convenience of other students. I highlight information that could be useful to them. It bothe
ookstore or online as a seller myself? This question is not clear. Seems like you might mean to sell back the textbook to Tarleton's bookstor
uch the same info so why change?
ere should be a place where the recycle or do sometihng productive with the book, rather it just get thrown out.
 as changes and updates can be done immediately oppose to reproducing an entire text.

 lgebra book. At the end of the year they offered me $1 for it. The book was bought brand new at $175.
146, AND BY THE END OF THE SEMESTER ITS RE-SALE VALUE WAS JUST $43 ..WHAT A HUGE LOSS, AND THAT BOOK WAS HARD
pecial Editions and other textbooks that may be written by A&M professors.
 on textbooks that were brand new and could not sell them back because the professors decided to change the book again! Some were even
ooks in general, you can spend $100 on a book and only get $2.00 back. Or, what's better, the bookstore will tell you that a new edition is com
  ition, or it is an unbound book. I despise buying required unbound books because you can never sell them back
THEM ALL. TEACHERS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO USE TEXTBOOKS FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME OR TELL STUDENTS THA
 ese books are usually the ones that cost the most.
   way have to buy the new edition just to switch books the next semester
   kind of an inconvenience.
  xt book, the LEAST the bookstore can do is buy it back, even if they aren't gonna use it.
   new edition is almost exactly the same
back a textbook due to the bookstore ordering too many, so they were already overstocked.
back which is a huge rip off!!! you use them one time if that and you cant sell it back because its not an actual book you have to buy a binder
 too many copies" and then the next semester, "their out" of the exact same copy and ed of the book. Maybe corrolating with the school about
we receive less than tenpercent of the retail price when we attempt to sell our books.
 textbooks for my own personal collection after I graduate for further reference. I have never had to buy something I couldn't resell.
es the class is only offered once or perhaps twice a year but not in subsequent semesters. Consequently, the book store will not buy back th
 for a few years. I often spend $200 or more on a textbook and then am unable to sell it back because the professor has chosen a new versio
w and NEVER used it and was not able to sell it back because of a new edition
  ly if then you find out the teacher still lets students use old editions because nothing major has changed in the book! I think the book store sh
ource so I can get them ahead of time and avoid buybacks nightmares.

s to me in my college career.
 nd I can only return one book, either due to new books coming in or the book being paper back. Which I have no use with a paper book becu
 I spent around $100 and never saw a refund of any kind.
  every semester. Especially with Political Science books.
ys the case. When you have a wrapped book, you may not return if opened. Then you have one week to decide about keeping it. Also, books
cs and Dynamics by R. C. Hibbeler. The book costs almost $200 but you can't sell it back or borrow a friend's copy because they fleece you
  for a book at the college bookstore only to have them offer a buy back of $10 at the end of the semester or to tell a student they are not buyin
  e every time we go sell our books back we get raped by the bookstore...the on-campus one is bad about not buying books back. I no longer
mes they do buy the textbook back at ridiculous prices.
  store scam so they do not have to buy books back. Yet they will accept it from you to recycle it. so they will get some free money from recycl
ed to me 3 times since I have been here at TSU. Once with a college algebra text, second with a tx goverment text, and also an animal biolog
 hough, and I have looked, all they are doing in the new editions is changing around the information from chapter to chapter. Ridiculous.
 ew editions all the time. i feel like i am wastig my money when older editions are pretty much the same.
hat i couldn't sell back because they came/ or coming out with a new edition before the next class starts.
st one book of mine, each semester.

o longer need be given back to me because a newer edition has come out and the one I have is now unusable.
 the book from you for as little as $1. Then the next semester you can go in and see the same book you sold back being sold for $60, Frustra
 e this summer. The book was very expensive, along with the lab manual and other materials that i only used for that class.
s. Most of the time I go to sell the books back and they will not buy them back because the teacher/university is not using them next semeste
over 200 and when i want to return it, they say that they are not taking it or will only give me back 35
oks back because I realize that selling them back makes me loose even more money because I don't have anything physical to compensate
hat they wouldnt buy back, thanks!
 ooks be used for FIVE years. I don't care who writes a new book to look good for tenure.
 eral occasions!

mester I could not sell back any.
 l times, and it's always so frustrating, especially when I shelled out $100+ for it in the first place.
d for $100 and was only offered one dollar back for it because a different book was going to be used.
he book was over $200 and I believed it's now in the 11th edition! This is a disgrace to the publishers and the professors who assign these b
books come out almost every year or every other

 have paid $150 for a textbook, and then couldn't even sell it back for a dollar at any bookstore.

ors expect students to have the newest edition of every textbook, when they know for a fact that hardly anything will have changed in the new
dition, but because the textbook was loose-leaf.
 chers and textbook publishing companies can get away with such atrocities... A book will come out and be current for two years, and then th


s like the most expensive books are not used for several years in a row. You have to buy new editions every year or so.
 next semester there was alerady a new book to be used. the new book i had to buy at full price was not able to be sold back. out $200.
information but yet they still require the newer edition, when it really isn't necessary.
purchasing new textbooks is the return of the old. If I can't sell them back, it causes financial issues.
s the queen of changing textbooks because of new editions.However, I've had some professors tell us that any edition of a given book--espe
stly to students, because we literally get nothing back on a textbook we will never use again. Our budgets are extremely strict.

 m able to sell I get 20% of what I paid for the book only to see the bookstore selling the same book to new students for 10% less that what I
 back anymore because it's a waste of time to sit in a line to sell a $200 book for $5. So if I know I won't get anything for them i'll just hold on
e even compared the editions, only to find only pictures were different or organization changed.

 he textbook and made a new edition every semester, so students could never sell back the book, or pass the book along to others taking the
l back about 1 in 4 textbooks.



pecially frustrating when you buy a $100-$200 new textbook because a new edition is required and then find out you can't sell it back. I've st
 n selling back to the MSC bookstore. I prefer to go elsewhere, or sell to a friend.

n, but my economics and english textbooks I have been unable to sell back.
ook each semester. Or it has perforated pages, or is a loose-leaf copy, or they expect to have too many books so they buy them back for a do
on textbooks for reference, sold them to Half Price Books, sold them in a garage sell, or given them away.

ally, I've been unable to sell back texts due to a lack of binding.
$150-200 for a book. Then come to find out, we can't sell it back because the author decided to change up 3 sentences in the book. So now w
d as an undergraduate, but that was at Texas State University-San Marcos. Then I would've answered "strongly agree."

at deal and was unable to sell them back even for the rediculous price of one dollar!
 ee prior years of college that I cannot sell back because they are "out of date," even ones used in the last semester.


textbook that looks exactly like the old one. If I am not mistaken, nothing has changed in math that needs to be in a new book.
 mes than I care to remember. This is one of the major reasons I rent my textbooks whenever possible. I want to know I'm not going to end up

y to sell back textbooks because this is my first semester
n the textbook is 200 dollars and you are offered a quarter for it.

ot allow you to sell back a textbook because a new edition was going to be used in the course for the next semester. The problem I have with
 et punished for actually using them. Even if I can sell a book back, I get pennies on the dollar for it. A book that cost me $150 to buy, I might


 nerally the ones I can't sell back too.
 hase as I am selective when buying.

 y does not change that dramatically in a couple of years.
m poor and these damn companies are taking my money and giving me crap back for them.
 can set me back hundreds of dollars, and when i can sell a book back, I only get a small fraction of what I paid originally

o I don't know if I can sell my book later.
he same material word for word and the same homework problems, except rearranged. The publisher also comes out with a new edition with
 ok, that could only be purchased new, was already out dated by the end of the semester.... i have no need for a biology book now, but i am s
n't able to sell back my book that was only a year or two old, but the fact that new editions were being used, which increases the amount of p
 tions would be used and urged us to resell before the change was published.
 tions would be used and urged us to resell before the change was published.
 instructor's text book
 l it to my friends because we get paid back very little from the MSC


 ties by Norman LuttbegInventor Mentor
 0% of what I bought them at, expecting at least 75%.
back for money, but for space, since we barely get any back. It is very frustrating and unfair.
 when that happens and then we have to sell those textbooks online at more than 70% discount.
  is not an issue, but after the spring semester I feel like I have 60% chance of being able to sell back each book.
 udents most of the time wont ever use our freshman level course books ever again and I was not able to sell several of them back.
 ve the same material!! Very frustrating!
 ly good textbook (that most likely cost a good deal of cash) is not able to be sold back simply because editions change. I understand that in
   the book store said the sale was final and that reselling it is not an option since a new book was going to be used next fall.
   material and just move some around to make it difficult to use an old edition.
 MSC or other off campus bookstores wont buy back because the publisher is coming out with a new edition. It seems like a scam to me beca
which I am sure I will keep for rest of my career.
g parts of buying textbooks, next to the cost. We're college students, and thus have very little room in which to keep textbooks AND very little
and then try to sell it back for $30 and they will only give you a dollar to "recycle" it. And it seems a new edition comes out every other year if
gy. My first semester, I bought the "newest" edition. It was over $300 for the whole package. For the second semester, of A&P, the publishers
 versions are almost identical
 e worth less than $10 (buyback price) that I paid over $100 dollars for. I've got a friend who has piles of books because of the same issue.
eshman year of college, I had to purchase the brand new edition of my psychology text book for a little over $100. At the end of the same sem


 l times during my undergraduate days at Texas A&M.
courses especially.
s not able to return because the required text was changing or it was an "old" edition by the end of the semester. I remember paying about $1
 urses now. The bookstore will not even give $5 for a practically new book. I pay $150 for a new book, use it for 90 days, take it back and it ha
his. There are many professors who allow students to use OLD editions, therefore making it easier for students to buy but harder to sell. If stu

 s. The unreasonable cost I payed and the pathetic return I would recieve are so extremely divergent that I can't bring myself to accept the los
 books. If the book cost $200, they should at least use it for more than a semester.

 way... I have a pile of books I now use as a table
portunity to do that.

eally I prefer to keep textbooks, so it didn't usually matter. (I'm a physics student, I need them for future reference.)

you can sell anything.
without fail. EVERY semester and it is very frustrating.
 oks are changed in order to make money instead of changing for "update purposes." This is insane and needs to be corrected!!
  course books.

ften and they contain virtually the same information.
wo years a new edition of a book comes out. The newest edition pretty much has the exact same information as the previous edition. The bo
blishers? We all know they despise the used book market. Sure, sometimes new editions are necessary to make sure our curriculum is up to
 year and usually the new edition is not that different from the old one but the professor will make the new class buy the new edition anyways

st customized textbooks...
at the beginning of the year, but apparently there was yet another new edition coming out. I barely used the book and it looked brand new.

 I am a freshman
  wish to sell it back for a full refund

 books every semester
ERY semester.
keep the information up to date but when the only real change in the new edition is a more colorful cover and few extra problems, it isn't wor
en there is not much difference between versions, just textbook companies trying to make more money. If professors could just keep using t
 but sometimes for like $2 when I paid >$75 for it originally. That's almost not worth the gas money for the trip out to the bookstore.

e sold back for $90+ that I can't sell back just from Freshman year. At that rate it's $720 in just 4 years worth of books I'll more than likely nev
 er used and could not sell back because of a new edition.
s unnecessary. I have done just fine in a class before using an older edition.
s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
us to waste money on a book, knowing they will use a newer edition that has one new paragraph the next semester. I have had some profess
ooks yet because this is my first semester in college.
 I've never tried selling a book.
 of having to buy textbooks for about $100 each. The majority of the time the textbook will be considered an "old edition" after it was conside
s i've bought a textbook for >$100 and then try to sell it back and the buyback price is around $10. Wow.
use oftentimes professors will allow the use of an older textbook so someone could potentially still buy an older edition.

  when they do accept the book back we only get 10-15%.
hen the book(s) wasn't used much, if at all, and is still in pretty much mint condition.
 HAVE NEW EDITIONS ALMOST EVERY YEAR?!?!?!absolutely ridiculous. I just bought the book for this one class, and now I will have it for
o had it happen where I can't buy used books because professors are rewriting new editions
 re the most often revised under this system-- math, etc., and usually the revisions are not substantial enough to warrant the cost of the editio
 ge the textbook, like a word or two and it makes no difference.
  Science Class that I took and my ethics course. It is fusturating because you buy a book for $150 and you get $2 back for "recycling" the bo
cent edition in fact) for a class I took cost $130.00 used. Not a terrible price until when I went to sell it back, bookstores would not take it bec
 culously reduced amount. I don't see how a $150 textbook could only be worth $20 after four months.
met to a few dollars when a new edition comes out. Often times the new edition is practically the same as the old edition but with a few more w
my books back. I don't get very much money at all for them, but there have only been about 4 books that I could not sell back over 3 years. Us

 spend 200 dollars on a book that becomes worthless when a new edition is made for the following year.


of this reason.
 s to buy the new edition, not the one that can't sell-back their old edition. I would argue that my position is less favorable than the one descri



ad a math book that looked brand new, with no marks in it, and when I went to sell it back, I couldn't. If I remember correctly, the book was clo
need the newest version of the book?? Why can't different versions be acceptable?
ecame worth exactly $0. I was thrilled, to say the least. Especially since we had to get a special A&M edition.
ooks yet. I guess I should in case, to prevent this from happening.
190-$300!!! (aka Chemistry, Math). Education books are the worst! You have to buy a Pearson Education book that incorporates 10 chapters
 ve not had much change and the old textbook could have been re-used.

ardly updated, the only thing that changes is the way the chapters are structured and the re-ordering of those chapters. Ive seen this done wi



of my undergraduate introductory courses, which were also the ones with the most expensive books
 buy back their books whether there is a new edition or not. When they buy them back, bookstores should gives us, the students, a little bit m


 ought back enough but then when it gets to the next semester I hear people complaining that the book store had to order more and they are
ve not experienced this problem yet.
ome in handy later (sometimes).
 all the time. And I'm pretty sure that a lot of times, not much has changed in the new edition - shuffling around the chapters, mechanical edit
back a book because the prof hadn't told the bookstore which book they would be using the next year. If the bookstore doesn't know that they
MESTER THIS HAPPENS TO ME...AND IT'S ALWAYS A BOOK THAT WAS OVER 100 DOLLARS
aterial provided in class in the form of either scans, or just print materials as annexations or additions.
 xtbook but only for a fraction of what I paid for it. For a book that was bought new for $100+ and then sold back for $20 after one year of use
 that was "old" after 1 semester. Hugely frustrating.


e had to buy custom textbooks that are only for that course and instructor and are updated every year.
  my textbooks back to the bookstore because they don't give me enough money back
 0 when I paid nearly $200 for it

oks back, they only give us around $5 for each of them. My friend bought a $250 textbook and he never used it once. They gave him $18 for
oks back, they only give us around $5 for each of them. My friend bought a $250 textbook and he never used it once. They gave him $18 for
of my textbooks every semester. I'm lucky if I can sell back one or two books.
ht old editions and requested the new textbooks in the library if there was homework out of them.
 lling a used book for about 15 dollars when the book store will turn around and sell the "old edition" for around 100. Rarely do the editions ch
  version of the text book was actually still being taught from!
hey only give you 10% of what it's worth! It is a rip off!
e every semester. Sometimes the bookstores will give me a whopping dollar for a book that I purchased for $100+ dollars not 3 months earlie
 the end of the course and this book was only used one semester.
  least one of my books all except one of my eight semesters of college. Very frustrating.
 s not being used, but the professor failed to let the book stores know what book they planned to use, so the book stores would not buy the bo


k in my graduate studies. But, I did have that experience during my undergraduate career at another university.
alued very low when reselling, even though it practically brand new.

ave not yet needed to re-sell my books.

g kept up to date but it sucks for those of us who would like to at least try and get some money back for our book(s). Even though the bookst
 with a new edition, they've changed some typos and changes some page numbers. Yet, they won't accept my $100 book back. Being a colle
 for Aggie Access that was $80. I have only used three pages of it so far and it's halfway through the semester. They are nonreturnable and y

 omics textbook that bookstore ran out of the used editions for.
books all the time in chemical engineering. It is the lower level courses your first two years that we never used
 nged. The old book was a Customized Edition for Texas A&M University, so we couldn't sell the textbook online either.In general, I have nev
not sell back because a new addition is printed every year, oh did I mention that the author of the book generally is the professor teaching the


 ster. Authors make more money by changing around some pictures, editing spelling errors, and slapping a new edition number on a textbook
cam companies in the world
 not like it matters anyways seeing as if you try to sell a book back that original cost you about $100, the bookstores only give you about $20
my personal library.
 ut we hope to get back some money when sold. However, I have had books that the bookstore would not buy back because the professors c
 ennies, which is NOT cool.
 school stopped requiring a part of the book necessary for the discussion sessions, and I wasn't able to sell it back for more than a dollar.
 or a book that cost two hundred dollars because they can sell it to Blinn students.

 ever. It is always the books I pay the most for that bookstores will not take back. I probably don't even get 5% cash back total from books eac
 printed frequently and difficult to sell back
  ust fine. I'm a liberal arts major, so this generally is less of a hassle for me than for more technical majors, but a lot of times, it is ridiculous.
 ference between editions. in math-based subjects, the problems are exactly the same, except maybe with different numbers. in other books,

 o fast. Before every semester began, I have to spend 1 month to do the research whether I want to puchase the book. I have to know which
 to refuse to buy back an old edition of a book when some professors say it is OK or recommend buying an older edition.

g experiences!!!
at cannot be sold back - and some I never even opened.
new ones. The only difference is one possible word correction and then it is called a new edition. Then book stores won't by the book back be
 ad with books over the years, I buy it because "it's needed" and I cannot sell it back or get one penny back for it
 the more widely used online homework packages included with textbooks (especially with undergraduate science classes). The class requir

use they don't give fair prices... but I know people who have had this problem.


 tbooks. They are essentially a book printed in a three ring binder. The cost for the producer is decreased, but not for the consumer. Once t
 ome new editions either.

 xtbooks because they are for school, not leisure reading. It irritates students when they pay so much for a book and can't return it. Getting ba
  ness profs abusing this.
 edition of a textbook was released resulting in a sharply decreased sell-back value or complete inability to sell the book back. I also had to b
 his, and chemistry!
  ok but i dont remember which one
buying a $150-$200 book for a class for one semester and then not knowing what to do with it in the end.
 hased (many of which were brand new) are not bought back the next year because a new edition is being used. When they are being used it
me...Im pretty sure I have a mini library going on in my closet probably thousands of dollars worth!
my business classes. Almost EVERY semester.
ou would expect not to be replaced yearly right... WRONG
 ve not needed to sell back books yet.

 spend so much money on these textbooks and then when I go to sell them back seriously half of them aren't able to be sold back because o
one I know every single semester, especially with more technical books for sciences and political science.
s, the new addition only has a couple of changes but the professor will require the new version.
  editions to text books that the bookstores do not even sell. The book still cost $64 online and was not in good shape. So there was no hope
ster so I haven't tried to sell books back yet.
y semester, but MSC does let you donate your books for a dollar, it's just especially sad when your professor didn't even have time in the se
 emester to call it a new edition, and you can no longer sell your book back. Once again to make more money.
en decided to keep the books.
e prevalent. What is so annoying about this is that a lot of times they don't even change the material within the book, they might just rearrange


 ous times. Buying a book for $120-200 and only being offered $2 for the buyback is such a horrible deal!
 200 and it was the newest edition. The next semester they came out with a new one and I got $7 for it.
 re is always a newer textbook that is going to be used for the following semester.
 tantly updating textbooks to new editions. In all but a few cases (current events/history, advanced science/engineering) the material does no
 not enough students could find the older edition (guess they've never heard of the internet) so I had to return a textbook at a loss and by the

ointless especially when some students do not want to keep his/her books.
 ning of the semester and at the end of the semester there was already a new edition coming out so I couldn't sell back my textbook.
 00 that I used maybe 2 times and they did not let me sell it back the next semester
more than offset by keeping fees stable.

time they already went up two editions.
time they already went up two editions.
ks back. But I know I will be using the same calculus book for multiple semesters
 have only ever been able to sell back 1 textbook!
everal hundred dollars on textbooks you're only going to be using for a few months, especially in the courses that aren't related to your major
  not being able to sell it back because a new edition is going to be used in the course the following year/semester.
 re now, it's almost not even worth it to sell it back.
 ht a brand new copy of a STAT 211 book, but couldn't sell it back because they were using another edition the following semester. It also hap
 the beginning of the semester so we can rent the book instead.

ally annoying to buy a $100 textbook, when the most you can sell it back for is $1. Sometimes you can sell them online, but that can take sev
 l times a semester throughout the past 5 years I've attended TAMU.
 l times a semester throughout the past 5 years I've attended TAMU.
 not sell back the book for this course even though the same edition is still being used. The book was also not used in the course. I might as
  had to take out a loan in order to buy another book for another class.

 y the same, but for the change of some section titles or switch a couple words around.
s. The ugly partner to this scam is when you buy a 70 U.S. dollar book and they can "only buy it back wholesale" for one to two dollars becau
  eal pain. Especially when the content doesn't change.
and political science, get new editions every year. Not to be rude, but not that much changes in music and all within a year that requires a new
 I can use them for reference in the future.

 00 Chemistry book.

 xcept that professors seem to feel that if it's not the newest edition of the book, it's not acceptable as a teaching resource.
 y $200 plus dollars for a book you can't get anything back for.
text books. This argument is mute to me. The real problem is the bogus new editions. You can't sell the text book back is the real problem.
 back, they do not even cash half of the original price or tell you that the edition changed
 y year so i would not be able to sell it back, or so ive heard, ill probably still try.
g occurances because majority of the time the new edition has not even been altered significantly.
 s regardless of edition change or content.
 the same information that is just organized differently.

  with Math and Science textbooks. It is extremely frustration to invest hundreds of dollars into something that yields absolutely no return.
  to, so i simply give them away. all money lost.
 ing to be used, many of my books were only worth $3 or something ridiculously low. Also too many books require you to tare out one page o
 y new technology

ents should not be victimized by publishing companies.
  times. it is frustrating because the book that has a new edition is one that i had to py 200 plus dollars for and now dont get anything for.
were not able to be sold back
 e, I should be able to sell it back, period.
cal bookstores offer for current books are ridiculously low. If my book is suddenly outdated, it is worthless.
k before because a new edition was required for the next semester instead of the one I used.
  going to do with these books? No one wants them, waste money letting them sit in my closet? Recycle? Very dissatisfying part of college.
Does the information change drastically enough to make a new edition available for purchase every year?
 ectronic attendance clickers/counters. Every class asks for a different brand. There are all $20+ and you can never sell them back because
 0 for a book one semester and the next they won't buy it back or I get only $20 for it.
y robbery. I have purchased books for several hundreds of dollars only to go to sell them back and find out a new edition is being used. At thi
 aught the most up to date information?
seems to happen more often than not.
 book because I wasn't ever going to need it again either, and I needed the money.
  wallet to be molested in ways that I never thought possible. Its a horrible feeling. I felt helpless as I watched my wallet open up as these big
 sed couldn't be returned; so not quite that case.
   use the same book and not update books every year

ast 5 semesters I have had to keep because a new edition was going to be used the next year. Probably 70% of the books I was unable sell
achers require us to buy a specific edition of a book (most expensive one)and then it goes out of date and we can't get our money back.

veral time. I have to purchase the books out of my pocket, only to be left with a book that will serve no purpose to me.
 book and tried to sell it back 4 months later and they gave me 6 dollars back...
 oing to spend $150+ for the book and only get $10 back, might as well keep as a reference.
 y tax books are awful about this. Last Spring I purchased the required 2010 Taxation of Business Entities for $215.00 for Acct 405. This book
mistakes and was useless in the course and couldn't be sold back because they changed the edition because it was a bad book in the first pl

  told that the book you purchased will be able to be bought back, and when the time comes to sell the book back all of a sudden the course i

students as well as local bookstores who lose margins each year on new edition textbooks. Publishers know this and profit from this type of
 ulus, Chemistry, and Biology books. The ones that absolutely cannot be sold back are the books that are "Specialized for Texas A&M Unive
ery yr whats that to say on the information the old edition has, do the people that used the old edition have to retake the class using the new
nges but also because the book store charges you 140 for a used math book and only want to give you 30 dollars max. how can this be? they
because textbooks are so expensive! You want to get your money's worth and be able to sell it back.
0 dollars at times on books, only to sell them back for 5 dollars. I was furious when this happened my freshman year.
 rageous two or three dollars for a book I paid at least fifty for. It is almost a slap in the face when they offer such small compensation.
 emester. Every semester I buy book early so I can attempt to get a hold of a used copy for cheaper and when I go to sell it back I can get abs
 uying a book for 100 dollars at the beginning if the semester and only being able to get back 8 dollars when half priced books is the only stor
  has only been used once, but I can't sell it back because here at TAMIU they have already ordered new editions...which only change by add
 ck a textbook.
hange each year, so the "old" edition is not allowed to be sold back. However, many professors still use the old editions because it is difficult
use that I cannot sell back. I can see not buying back a lab manual or something, but it is very frustrating to try getting cash back for ten or m
 ding... its usually only grammar errors they fixed...
 book because a new edition was going to be used so there were no used books available to purchase.
 ster I didn't sell my books back and when I tried the following semester most of them were NOT being taken back because the profs had cha
major I have not wished to sell back any engineering books. I have come across this problem for other courses.
  mester. You spend close to $100 on the book (and that's used!) and at buyback time you're lucky to get $10.
 three or four will work for a course, but I've never seen a bookstore say this.
 us bookstore. However, it is generally possible to sell textbooks online.
 to be used for a decent amount of years. For example, MKTG 321 has a special edition for each year yet the book isn't very much different. I
asses where I will never use the textbook again.
  freshman physics 218 and 208 book and certain other freshman engineering classes. The physics books were "re-written" annually and thus
 ack because the amount is always very minimal in comparison to what the book originally costs
  the page numbers and an extra chapter.
buy my textbook but at ridiculously low prices just because they "dont know what future classes demand book wise". My current econ class re
During the fall 2009 semester, I bought a brand new POLS 207 book for over $100 and I could not sell it back at the end of the semester. The




 sed and because the edition was changed I missed out on selling my book back and I had to buy a new one because new editions means no



ished! They have new editions every year!




used the old edition. Sometimes they don't even change anything in the new edition!




at I had the class, so there is a much greater chance I will never look at the book again after the class.



k used and they will not buy it back becuse of the way it looks but it looks the same as it did when you bought it.
d them for through other outlets. I no longer buy nor sell my textbooks in the Tamug bookstore.

w pages or chapters around. What's up with that? Like going to college isn't expensive enough.
 viant Behavior book was the new edition
almost every year, a new edition of some sort prevents me from doing this.
 been able to sell a single book since I began attending A&M Commerce.
 return it because there was a new version or it was not going to be used the preceding semester. It's a waste of money to have to buy books
model, the illrelevent model! Most of the time new additions to text books are the publishing company changing a few paprgraphs here and th

 earing, "sorry, but we're not buying that book back at all." I have been "stuck" with books more than once.




 t cost an arm and a leg, it sets us behind.
at the bookstore had offered.
 hould be robbery!
wer version was going to be used the following semester.



 use. Also, the bookstore will give you pennies on the dollar for your books and that is just unreasonable.


ext semester.

 ou that the old textbook will work.

vious edition of the book. He said that he preferred the older edition since the newer edition that was out had several errors.
used in ~3 classes, I now have a useless book. By the way, the content is identical, but the problem numbers are all different. My professor w

 been told that they are not going to use it again. Then the next semester I see students using it, because their teacher says that there are re
 saved helps tremendously.

 hem were nonrefundable because a new edition had been released.
 ions are identical except the front cover and some page numbers. I understand reducing the amount given for the book so that it can be sold




 my books shipped to me and have not attempted to sell back any of them.
red a used book when I bought it, and I only got $4 dollars back.


 me book in the next semester. I now buy my books from Text Books online, I buy new books for less than the bookstore wants for used boo

ple, I bought a biology book for $250, and the bookstore would only give back $35 for it, since the new edition was out.



m one edition to the next is the order of the second and third chapter. Add to that that the book is $90.00, requires an additional workbook (w


 eve this is a judgement call by the instructor of the class.
tion was made, there could be no other excuse. I am sure, tax payers like my self, would be very angry that their tax money is being spent on
 education student. There is NOTHING in the book that I am using that is not available in the regular edition. Cost $152.15 for one book.




ough anymore even though the book is pretty much the same.




 kstore would buy it back.




 aterial. Prices should be drastically reduced when it's the last semester of the book being used
 sity frequently changes text selection
 oncern. Many of the assigned texts were useful as references, which would serve other classes.


used for the Fall Semester.
n basic courses such as history because non history majors have no further use for the book. It is unacceptable to buy a book for $100.00 an




 for some reason the bookstore won't even buy them back.




needed for the next semester.
 hat is the same way.


 o i wouldnt know
r lecture notes or tests to reflect the new material. Professors reference page numbers that are incorrect and include test questions that are n
 r they were outdated or only given about 35% back on the amount paid. Also, i found many students and instructors were throwing them awa




ause of a new edition coming out.
en you sell it back to them. They should know at the beginning of a semester if the book will be used again the next semester! There should

  fraction of the price for a return.
 to sell back their textbook in which they used for the class. It's a rip-off.
on of your money back and they aren't accepting. This happens often.




ost of the times, the newer edition only has a couple things changed in the whole book. A lot of the times its extremely unnecessary to buy a
elf texts that I have never been asked to open and unable to sell back.

ng to use the textbook, I tried to sell it online and one of the online book stores was offering me only $15.00 after paying 175.00 at the schoo
 when the new editions rarely have major changes.

 no equity in purchasing a book or "code" for over $100; and 1) selling it back for $20 or less or not at all, or 2) not being able to sell a "code"
y area of study, but something completely unrelated is not ideal.
hould be told when I am buying the book that I can't sell it back. That would at least make me feel a little better.




ers to use because it is suddenly 'out of date'. Ridiculous.




ou cant get any money back. Also there are some teachers that expect you to purchase about 10 book especially history classes. If thats the

and other students will have to buy new ones.My answer is i just won't buy either new or used textbooks. I haven't the last 3 semesters and
ew editions with few changes are being required for courses just to make a few bucks at the students' cost. We don't have much money as i
 new edition.

tbook for an economics class. There were virtually no differences, and I made an A in the class despite using an "out of date" textbook).
 r class. A few understand that we don't have lots of money to pay for books, so they recommend internet copies. It is a pain to bring books to




never even used the books.
got ripped off because other people had gotten there earlier than I did to sell it back.

lly throughout the semester.



ped them in a recycling box they had provided. That was probably the only upside to not selling them back, recycling.
udents buy the older versions of the textbooks most of the time to save money, because the professors go over the general topics that are dis
 . I am stuck with a whole library of worthless expensive books
  "old" book can't be sold to the bookstore and I'm VERY lucky if I'm able to sell them on amazon.com or another website for about 5 cents pe
 ok just so it can collect dust.
 obably going to want a better return than $20 on it, especially if I kept it in good condition.

  it again and can't get any money off of it so it just sits on shelf till I throw it away.
okstores should consider buying back books even if a new edition is out. Many students who have books that cannot be sold back just throw
now that they can buy it back but just not till next semester so I have to keep them for a semester and a full summer before i can sell them ba
 ue to a new edition being used just the next semester. I think this is ridiculous and down right wrong.
 ation to my major.



d most of the new editions of the textbooks just have chapters switched around.
o someone else for about $80. I rather want to take the loss of $20, than supporting that type of business!

 was probably because they were switching editions. For another book that I have, I have an edition of my father's when he took the same co

 pent $80 or $90 on the book.
 price and not being able to sell it back or to a peer is soliciting students.




ere is a cheaper alternative. We should get some money back considering most books are atleast 50-60 bucks when you buy them, if not mo

 editions are not different then why change anyways?
e it was inconclusive or obsolete.
al. I could not sale it back because they were not using it again. However it was brand new when I got it. Now it is a $118. door stop.

on that can use them. The student should receive some money in the end because they did purchase the book in the first place.


a 1 page difference that cost over $100.00 to add? That is ridiculous! In addition, it is not fair that we only get a buy-back price which is less



over $100 in the first place.


prices for the students who will use it last.



nce we're not going to be able to sell it back since we are disposing of it for them.




 I sold it back they gave me $3 for it. So I refuse to sell my books back to the school now.


 is still acceptable and, if so, the bookstore could buy back the older edition. The other option is to sell directly to other students who are wil
new edition of every book for consecutive courses!!!!
s but they're trying to pad their bank account

my friend I was going to pass the book along to had purchased the same one I was going to give to her for cheaper.

out that cost $50.00.
 t or opinions.
at cheap, so when you're done these books are hard to re-sell.




ew edition comes out rendering your edition obsolete.




w so that when they make their purchases, they will understand which books will be able to be bought back from the school, and which ones

he following semester. I donated many text books to the library to be used as reference for other students, since I did not want to just throw
uy new books at much higher price for the following semester.
on a new editions whos only difference is it front cover!



most recent past edition, and/or the international edition. Past edition textbooks are almost identical the the current edition at an incredibly lo



 negligible and can easily be covered by instructor lectures or course notes. Are there such dramatic changes in Philosophy, English Literatu

edition! Why is this?
 knew was to be used the next semester by that professor because she stated so, I was still unable to sell that book back - was told that a ne




books, there is no way to sell them back.




 d of a semester!!!!
k purchased, then we could not sell back the text book because the writers added one paragraph. One single paragraph.


ause I loose money from buying the book.
ecomes a very exspensive issue.
 $0. Those were some pretty expensive paperweights.
 ase them from amazon or some other book store.
om where I bought it!!!!
. A book should be used for about 4-5 years and STOP CHANGING!

east they can buy a book back at some fraction of the cost and recycle them or find another use for them.
en you go to sell it back. No thanks, I rather keep it and let it collect dust.



a book I payed $30 for.




mes the newer versions had minimal changes. Well, I would like to rephrase that... Everytime, there was minimal changes to the text.
ause a new edition (same book different cover).


 not even sell it to another student because the teacher wanted to use the new book. What am I suppose to do with a book that I will not use


ean they still can't take back the old ones

ore, or if they do buy it back they give you only a minimum fraction of the cost. For example, I bought a textbook brand-new for around $200,

back because teachers are using a newer addition is harsh on the students because they already spent a lot of money on that book for that s
75% of the purchase price I paid for the text.
 ps them out.




n will be used for next school semester.
 ely required new editions.Several works of literature, which is confusing since books themselves don't really change.

rom new books. Because they cannot earn from the circulating used ones. They are deceiving students and higher education institutions. Sa



ionally, my first and last experience at trying to sell at the bookstore was when I went in to sell back a $70 book. A girl before me was trying


ady changed.
ck $5.00. Not to even mention to buy back at all. I rented a book this semester and glad I did because I still have never used it.
 . I sit in front of a computer all day and i don't need to be on a computer in the evenings.
ed to her multiple times between junior college and A&M.

e resold. Some professors, will allow the use of an older edition for the course as, homework is not from the textbook.

 they weren't needed in the first place.
 they weren't needed in the first place.

 ave assignments that were only in the subsequent edition that was only available at the on-campus bookstore the second week.
 se on craigslist...



 ts that have been around for a decade or more, the class always goes to the new edition.
 as old information in it.



my textbooks anyway.


a brand new book every semester regardless if it's a new edition or not.

urchased was only a few years old!
 ed this semester or the book has changed. I am stuck with yet another textbook I'll never crack open again that cost more than the average p
n), the selling price is usually very low.
unable to sell it back, not only is it a waste of money but it also is a waste of space as usually the book does not pertain to my major and I wi
get it off your hands."

hus not allowing us to sell the book back.


 ks for less than 1/4 of the price the student paid.
 ll them, plus the edition is changed, wouldnt be useful.

en I examine the new book, NOTHING is different.



books back, and try to sell somewhere else.

 also ridiculous. It does not make sense that the school will not buy back its own DGS course books or it's Popken writer english books...eve
 that could be useful to them. It bothers me that other students won't be able to use it and the book just goes to waste.
 k the textbook to Tarleton's bookstore but there are many other ways to sell a book. I listed some above but you could also consider selling
OSS, AND THAT BOOK WAS HARDLY USED !

 ge the book again! Some were even on books that aren't even close to my major so I have no future use for them.
e will tell you that a new edition is coming out so they can't buy your book, but they will still take your book if you want, "for your convenience

OF TIME OR TELL STUDENTS THAT THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO SELL THEM BACK. ALSO, IT MIGHT HELP IF TEACHERS PUT THER




ctual book you have to buy a binder to put it in...even more money to spend...these books are REDICULOUS!!!
ybe corrolating with the school about the number of slots that is going to be taken for the class plus a few more books for those that drop and

something I couldn't resell.
y, the book store will not buy back the books unless an order is on file for the next soonest semester. In other words if I try to sell my books b
e professor has chosen a new version. I usually count on book sellbacks to help finance my next semester of book buying and think that boo

 in the book! I think the book store should at least offer us something.



have no use with a paper book becuase I will never use it again plus its just wasting paper.


decide about keeping it. Also, books have gone to the bindless approach. This becomes a huge issue due to the fact that you cannot sell th
end's copy because they fleece you with a new edition every other year. This is not uncommon.
 or to tell a student they are not buying the book.
t not buying books back. I no longer try to sell mine because I am so used to them saying we aren't buying this one back or I can give you $2

will get some free money from recycling.
rment text, and also an animal biology book.
 chapter to chapter. Ridiculous.




sold back being sold for $60, Frustrating.
used for that class.
rsity is not using them next semester, however, the book store has offered to buy the book for $1.00 -- are you kidding me? I spend on avera

ve anything physical to compensate me for my purchase; especially considering selling a book back might get you 40 percent if you are luck
nd the professors who assign these books.




nything will have changed in the new addition. I usually end up buying the previous edition anyway, just so I can keep from spending $100+

be current for two years, and then the professor, who happened to write it himself, will come out with a new version. The difference could be


every year or so.
 able to be sold back. out $200.


hat any edition of a given book--especially math or statistics books--was okay for use in the class. (Example: Wooldridge's Econometrics boo
 s are extremely strict.

ew students for 10% less that what I originally paid.
get anything for them i'll just hold on to them and maybe try and sell them to my friends.


ss the book along to others taking the course. Very frustrating for financially burdened students.




 find out you can't sell it back. I've started renting textbooks to avoid this problem.



books so they buy them back for a dollar or less.



up 3 sentences in the book. So now we have to buy a new book
strongly agree."




s to be in a new book.
 want to know I'm not going to end up losing $100 or so when the semester ends.




xt semester. The problem I have with this is the fact students were not informed a semester ahead of the changing edition. Another thing I wo
 ok that cost me $150 to buy, I might sell again for $20. Even if it's in perfect condition. And if they aren't using the books, even if I paid 200-2
 t I paid originally


so comes out with a new edition within 2 years of the prior.
ed for a biology book now, but i am stuck with it cause i cant throw away something i paid $200 for.
ed, which increases the amount of paper being used and trees being cut down to do it.




o sell several of them back.

ditions change. I understand that in sciences and other related fields this is necessary because of new information and technology being dis
o be used next fall.

tion. It seems like a scam to me because the new editions contain the same information just in a different order and newer pictures. There sh

hich to keep textbooks AND very little money. Forcing us to buy a book for a class, then refusing to take it back when we're done with it, prov
edition comes out every other year if not every year, and not much actually changes.
ond semester, of A&P, the publishers came out with a newer edition and I had to buy that as well.

books because of the same issue.
ver $100. At the end of the same semester, I tried to sell back my textbook and the bookstore where I purchased the book would not buy it ba




emester. I remember paying about $150 for my biology 111 textbook, only to find out that the semester I was taking BIOL 111 was the last se
se it for 90 days, take it back and it has become obsolete? Really?
udents to buy but harder to sell. If students buy Brand NEW books, that's a different story. It should be easier to sell in that case.

t I can't bring myself to accept the loss. I either keep a book for reference, or lend/give it to someone else.
needs to be corrected!!



ation as the previous edition. The book then becomes a waste of money since it is only used for a semester, and no one will buy it back due
 to make sure our curriculum is up to date, but generally most new editions offer little new information and only serve to eliminate the option
w class buy the new edition anyways.


 the book and it looked brand new.




 r and few extra problems, it isn't worth the extra $100.
  If professors could just keep using the old versions longer that would be a lot cheaper for us! Are the new ones really that much better? Es
he trip out to the bookstore.

worth of books I'll more than likely never use again.



xt semester. I have had some professors who are good about using the same edition for a couple of years or will let us know before we purch


 d an "old edition" after it was considered the "new edition" 4 months ago at the beginning of the semester and bookstores will not but it back.

an older edition.



s one class, and now I will have it forever. I don't want it. I can't even pay someone to take books out of edition.

ough to warrant the cost of the edition.

 ou get $2 back for "recycling" the book.
ack, bookstores would not take it because the next semester the professor was going to require the newest edition that was soon to be printe

s the old edition but with a few more workout problems or pictures
 I could not sell back over 3 years. Usually I get enough to cover at least 1/2 of one book.




 is less favorable than the one described in this question.



remember correctly, the book was close to $200. What a frustrating loss.
n book that incorporates 10 chapters from 10 different textbooks in one book and it costs $80 and higher but no bookstore takes it back!


hose chapters. Ive seen this done within every college that i have attended. Im still baffled that schools are sticking with the publishers updat




d gives us, the students, a little bit more than what they gives us.


tore had to order more and they are on back order.


around the chapters, mechanical edits, etc.
 the bookstore doesn't know that they can sell it again, they won't buy back the book.


old back for $20 after one year of use with NO highlighting marks and in "like new" condition is not acceptable!




used it once. They gave him $18 for it. That is not acceptable at all, especially when he hadn't even used it.
used it once. They gave him $18 for it. That is not acceptable at all, especially when he hadn't even used it.


round 100. Rarely do the editions change SO much that the "old" edition cannot be used.


 for $100+ dollars not 3 months earlier.


the book stores would not buy the books back.




our book(s). Even though the bookstores only give back a tiny percent of what the book is actually worth it is still better than nothing. With ne
ept my $100 book back. Being a college student, that's like 3 months worth of food for me.
 ester. They are nonreturnable and you cannot sell them back because they are custom books and there will be a different edition required fo



k online either.In general, I have never felt that a custom Texas A&M edition was better than the standard edition. In one case, the "Custom E
enerally is the professor teaching the class! I even had one book that the only thing changed in the new addition, was adding an additional p


g a new edition number on a textbook, so they do this quite often. Unfortunately, that means students will buy that book for $80 bucks and se

 bookstores only give you about $20 for it. Other options are available like selling them online but sometimes even that proves to be difficult

ot buy back because the professors chose a newer edition.

 sell it back for more than a dollar.


et 5% cash back total from books each semester.

rs, but a lot of times, it is ridiculous.
th different numbers. in other books, the articles may be different, but still teach the exact same point,

hase the book. I have to know which edition I am going to buy, confirm with my professor, and compare the price...etc, which is annoyed.
 an older edition.



 ook stores won't by the book back because they have to sell a new edition.

te science classes). The class requires a subscription to the online system that comes with the textbook. Since the online activation code ha




ed, but not for the consumer. Once the semester is over, the book is not deemed a book, and cannot be resold.


a book and can't return it. Getting back something or setting some sort of cash system for "donating" useless books would be greatly apprec

 to sell the book back. I also had to buy two year long lab manuals because a new edition came out at the end of the semester. I have had tw



ng used. When they are being used it is impossible to get a fair price for them anywhere near campus and I am lucky to get 20% of what I pai




aren't able to be sold back because of a new edition that is coming out. This is honestly the worst problem with buying textbooks. Plus, the co
n good shape. So there was no hope that I could sell it back and make a profit. I have also bought books that I could not sell back because of

essor didn't even have time in the semester to get to the book you are selling back (like a novel in an English class)


in the book, they might just rearrange the chapters, add in one extra section, etc.




nce/engineering) the material does not change dramatically even over a period of 5-10 years, and while new editions may improve a few exp
eturn a textbook at a loss and by the new edition at a much higher price.


uldn't sell back my textbook.




rses that aren't related to your major.


on the following semester. It also happened to a KINE 198 book, which was never used either.


ell them online, but that can take several months or even a year.


so not used in the course. I might as well have thrown my money off a bridge.POLS 206 (Bond)- New edition now being used. No bookstore o



olesale" for one to two dollars because a supposedly new edition came in.

nd all within a year that requires a new textbook. I have looked through a new edition of a music book and compared it to my old edition...the




eaching resource.

e text book back is the real problem. The price of the text book is directly proportional to the money you receive when you sell it back, and on
g that yields absolutely no return.

 ks require you to tare out one page or have an access code, so you can't resell your book.



r and now dont get anything for.




? Very dissatisfying part of college.

ou can never sell them back because you are not allowed to use a used one. I'm registed on three different types of those programs and hav

 ut a new edition is being used. At this point they will offer you like 5 dollars. It is incredibly wrong of the bookstores to do this.



ched my wallet open up as these big book sellers thrust their greedy hands into my wallets thin frame. Worst of all is when I picked up the bru



y 70% of the books I was unable sell back were new editions of the books or new books used for the course. I have lost over $5000 in book m
nd we can't get our money back.

urpose to me.


 s for $215.00 for Acct 405. This book could not be resold anywhere. Not even online.
cause it was a bad book in the first place

ook back all of a sudden the course is switching to a new edition that next semester so your stuck with a book that you will never use again.

know this and profit from this type of strategy. It adds nothing new to the material learned in previous additions. It is up to professors and ind
 e "Specialized for Texas A&M University". Like certain physics books.
ve to retake the class using the new edition?
30 dollars max. how can this be? they are making more then 4 times what they bought it for and leaving us with at least 500 dollars short sinc


 fer such small compensation.
 when I go to sell it back I can get absolutely nothing for it. I actually kept one of them and am not using it to prop my door open because it isn
hen half priced books is the only store who will take it
w editions...which only change by adding a few words to what was in the previous edition!

the old editions because it is difficult to change lesson plans every single year. I think we should be able to sell back at least the 2nd newest
 to try getting cash back for ten or more books and then only getting money for two or three when I had to spend so much to buy them in the


 ken back because the profs had changed their textbooks or requiring different editions.
t the book isn't very much different. If you can use the same book instead of issuing a new edition, that would be great. Plus, I need money a

s were "re-written" annually and thus the $120 book could only be resold for $10. And my into to engineering (ENGR 111 and 112) books co


book wise". My current econ class required use to have a 4th edition textbook but the Prof told us a 3rd edition was exactly the same. Saved
back at the end of the semester. The same can be said for GEOG 101 and other freshman-level or core classes. Students are being pillaged




one because new editions means no used books are available.
waste of money to have to buy books new and then not be able to sell them back.
anging a few paprgraphs here and there or deleting one chapter, or re-ordering the chapters! How is that relevent to change the text for the c




had several errors.
bers are all different. My professor wont give us the numbers from the old book either. I had to buy the new one anyway. :(

e their teacher says that there are really no changes in the editions that affect what is being taught.



en for the book so that it can be sold to a student who prefers to purchase the older text, but to just completely refuse to buy it back? This is
an the bookstore wants for used books.

dition was out.



0, requires an additional workbook (which we are required to purchase), and was written by one of the professors specifically for WT and ther



hat their tax money is being spent on grants that pay for books that are changing editions as fast as a year goes by.
tion. Cost $152.15 for one book.




 eptable to buy a book for $100.00 and receive $10 or less back.
 and include test questions that are not covered in new editions. If we have to buy new, they should have to update their materials also!
d instructors were throwing them away. The books were still in high demand in the northeast and california since AC and WT stay within upd




ain the next semester! There should be some warning!




es its extremely unnecessary to buy another book or not being able to sell it back just for that reason.


5.00 after paying 175.00 at the school bookstore, so I ended donating the book to the school library. Actually the library did not wanted the bo


, or 2) not being able to sell a "code" back. And with the "code" the student still has to print information.




specially history classes. If thats the case and students need to purchase the same books every year why not make them avlaivle to student

s. I haven't the last 3 semesters and have been getting the same grades if not better without the textbooks.
ost. We don't have much money as it is and requiring that we buy expensive books out of an already empty wallet has gotten out of hand.


using an "out of date" textbook).
 t copies. It is a pain to bring books to the store and they cannot buy them back. Usually they don't need them or they have a limit of how man




ck, recycling.
 o over the general topics that are discussed in both editions.

 another website for about 5 cents per dollar that I initially paid for the book.




 s that cannot be sold back just throw them away. I would rather the book be in a bookstore somewhere than in the trash.
 ull summer before i can sell them back.




my father's when he took the same course many years ago and it's about the same as the current edition.




 bucks when you buy them, if not more.
Now it is a $118. door stop.

e book in the first place.


y get a buy-back price which is less than 50% of the price of the book, but they will resell the book for more than the price of the buy back.




directly to other students who are willing to take the risk of using an older edition as a trade-off for a reduced purchase price.




ack from the school, and which ones will not.This can alleviate unneccessary bookstore visits, lessen the stress on bookstore employees, an

nts, since I did not want to just throw them away.
 the current edition at an incredibly low price (as little as $1 per book!)



anges in Philosophy, English Literature, College Algebra or Economics (both Macro and Micro) that entail updates so frequently? Unless som


ell that book back - was told that a new edition was coming out.




ngle paragraph.
 minimal changes to the text.



e to do with a book that I will not use again, we are killing trees.




extbook brand-new for around $200, but due to the professor not using that edition anymore the bookstore only gave me $37 for it. I think tha

a lot of money on that book for that semester and to not be able to get at least some money back is ridiculous.




eally change.

and higher education institutions. Sadly university faculty and/or administrations support these approaches. Their primary focus should be st



70 book. A girl before me was trying to sell the very same book and was offered $2.00 (not a typo, but less than the price of two soft drinks.)
till have never used it.



 the textbook.




kstore the second week.




ain that cost more than the average pair of expensive shoes.

does not pertain to my major and I will never need to look back at it again.




 's Popken writer english books...everyone has to take English 111 and 112 and they can reuse the same book...waste of paper...waste of mo
goes to waste.
e but you could also consider selling the book to a friend.
ok if you want, "for your convenience".

HT HELP IF TEACHERS PUT THERE ORDER IN SOMETIME BEFORE THE WEEK BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS. THINK ABOUT THE LIT




w more books for those that drop and another person adds last min.


 other words if I try to sell my books back at the end of Fall and no professor has put in an order for that book for Spring then the bookstore w
ter of book buying and think that books should be required to be used longer.




due to the fact that you cannot sell them back. This is a huge turn off to those who rely on what little buy back money they get.


ng this one back or I can give you $20 for a book you paid $150 for.




 re you kidding me? I spend on average over 600 for used books for four classes and I get offered a $1.00 - forget that. It's a total rip off.

ght get you 40 percent if you are lucky. I'd rather give a book away than sell it back so the bookstore can make profit.
 so I can keep from spending $100+ on a textbook.

new version. The difference could be as small as switching around a few chapters, or adding a foreword. It makes me want to stop going to c




mple: Wooldridge's Econometrics book) At the same time, I've had other professors require that we purchase the latest edition of the book, ev




e changing edition. Another thing I would recommend for bookstores is honesty in the idea of telling students when a new edition will come up
 using the books, even if I paid 200-250 on it, they'll only give me a dollar at best. Better to keep the stupid things.
information and technology being discovered and researched, but older textbooks should be used until they are no longer practical for the cla


nt order and newer pictures. There should be some way to sell it back and have the previous editions used as well.

 it back when we're done with it, providing us with no other option for it, and being unable to gain even the small percentage of the cost of the




rchased the book would not buy it back. My friend took the same class the following semester and had a totally different book. I found this ve




was taking BIOL 111 was the last semester that book was being used. Two weeks after I bought my book full price, the book was being sold

asier to sell in that case.
ester, and no one will buy it back due to the turnover of newer editions. If campuses are being encouraged to "go green," then reusing textbo
nd only serve to eliminate the option of buying a used book.




 ew ones really that much better? Especially when the book is already in it's 8th edition.




 s or will let us know before we purchase the book that we probably won't be able to sell it back at the end of the semester.


er and bookstores will not but it back. If students are "lucky" they may be able sell them back for about a quarter of the cost at best.




est edition that was soon to be printed.
 but no bookstore takes it back!


are sticking with the publishers updates....




 it is still better than nothing. With new editions being created all the time it makes students not want to buy the textbooks because they know
e will be a different edition required for next year, if there even is Aggie Access next year still.



rd edition. In one case, the "Custom Edition" was simply the sample book with the final 4 chapters omitted. I would've rathered have those ch
 addition, was adding an additional problem to the end of a few chapters. It seems like some professors constantly print "new additions" beca


 l buy that book for $80 bucks and sell it back for $1 at a local bookstore.

 imes even that proves to be difficult when books are custom made for texas a&m university!!!




he price...etc, which is annoyed.




 . Since the online activation code has been used, it is no longer valid and the book cannot be sold back.Also, many classes are switching to




eless books would be greatly appreciated.

 e end of the semester. I have had two textbooks that were loose-leaf, and I was not able to sell those back at the end of the semester either.



 d I am lucky to get 20% of what I paid back.




m with buying textbooks. Plus, the cost that they bookstores give you for your books is outrageous.
that I could not sell back because of a new edition, this has happened every semester.




new editions may improve a few explanations and possibly add new examples, the exorbitant cost to students is ridiculous.




ition now being used. No bookstore on earth will buy back this book now because it is a special Texas A&M Edition. This book is literally not




d compared it to my old edition...the only difference were the pictures used in the modern music section.




receive when you sell it back, and on average is cheaper than e books, or renting, but only if you can sell it back. As long as you can sell it
 ent types of those programs and have three different clickers just wasted sitting at home. Can't there be a university universal one?

bookstores to do this.



 orst of all is when I picked up the bruised and battered remains, thinking it was all over, the bastards came back for sloppy seconds!!!! (by re



 rse. I have lost over $5000 in book money on books and materials I was unable to sell back.




 book that you will never use again.

dditions. It is up to professors and individual departments to make the decision to retain current textbooks in their lesson plans.


us with at least 500 dollars short since out of book you bought for 560-700 you can only recieve max of 100-120 total out of alll the books



 t to prop my door open because it isn't a book I can use to even reference back to.



 to sell back at least the 2nd newest edition, because many students will still be searching for that book.
 o spend so much to buy them in the first place.
would be great. Plus, I need money at the end of the semester and not being able to sell a book back really hurts me financially and it just cau

ering (ENGR 111 and 112) books could be used for both semesters, but out of the pack of 3 books, I used one only a handful of times. The o


edition was exactly the same. Saved me 142 dollars!
classes. Students are being pillaged by greedy publishers and professors.We need an education, not massive debt.
relevent to change the text for the class




ew one anyway. :(




pletely refuse to buy it back? This is why I resell my books on Half.com, and why I buy them from there too.
ofessors specifically for WT and therefor can not get it anywhere else (i.e.: amazon or half.com), and well, I just had to forego the textbook fo
e to update their materials also!
nia since AC and WT stay within updated materials. One area is books bought on scholarship that end up in storage. I no longer buy/sell boo




ually the library did not wanted the book but they ended taking it with an attitude.




 hy not make them avlaivle to students in the library.


mpty wallet has gotten out of hand.
them or they have a limit of how many they can buy back. I would like to be able to get some money back so I can purchase books for anothe




han in the trash.
 ore than the price of the buy back.




uced purchase price.




e stress on bookstore employees, and give more time for employees to spend with helping students in other book matters.
ail updates so frequently? Unless something revolutionary occurs that materially affects the subject matter at hand, there is no need whatsoe
re only gave me $37 for it. I think that's ripping off us college students.




hes. Their primary focus should be student's benefits, not the bookstores or publishing companies.



ss than the price of two soft drinks.) There's a good chance her parents had paid for the book and any money would be purely profit to her, b
e book...waste of paper...waste of money...same thing for DGS courses. I have not been able to sell back any computer science books, an ec
L STARTS. THINK ABOUT THE LITTLE PEOPLE ONCE IN AWHILE.




book for Spring then the bookstore will not buy back the book.




 back money they get.




00 - forget that. It's a total rip off.

n make profit.
 It makes me want to stop going to college.




hase the latest edition of the book, even though change between editions was minimal.




ents when a new edition will come up and the fact that the older edition will not be used anymore after that semester. Even though I do believ
hey are no longer practical for the class. This makes it easier on the students as the books are cheaper, and the professor also does not ha




he small percentage of the cost of the textbook is frustrating.




a totally different book. I found this very frustrating that I wasted over $100 on one textbook that wasn't even going to be used the next semes




ok full price, the book was being sold for $25 at the textbook store. I honestly felt cheated.
ed to "go green," then reusing textbooks should also be encouraged instead of promoting the use the the newest editions of textbooks that co




d of the semester.


quarter of the cost at best.
buy the textbooks because they know they will not be getting anything back for it whether they used it or not.
ed. I would've rathered have those chapters for reference.
 constantly print "new additions" because they know we the students have to purchase their book and so it is a guaranteed profit.




Also, many classes are switching to "unbound" books that cannot be sold back either. While the book is initially cheaper by <$25, the book c




 ck at the end of the semester either.
 dents is ridiculous.




A&M Edition. This book is literally not worth the paper it is printed on anymoreENGR 111 - Could not sell back essentials of AutoCad book. A




 ll it back. As long as you can sell it back, most books only cost about 40-60 dollars. You should be focused on making policy that lets the in
 a university universal one?




me back for sloppy seconds!!!! (by refusing to buy back the now outdated text book) My wallet is now a TAMU SURVIVOR. The owner of sa




ks in their lesson plans.


100-120 total out of alll the books
ally hurts me financially and it just causes me to waste a book just sitting on my bookshelf when it could be used by someone else.

ed one only a handful of times. The others I never used. And, since they were all plastic wrapped before hand, I couldn't sell any of them bac
massive debt.
ell, I just had to forego the textbook for that particular class.
p in storage. I no longer buy/sell books, but i recommend the college bookstore as a last resort if they can not be bought 2 weeks in advance
k so I can purchase books for another semester instead of getting stuck with the books that i don't need anymore. Thanks for reading.
other book matters.
er at hand, there is no need whatsoever for a textbook to be revised every two or three years. Every five years is adequate.
money would be purely profit to her, but I didn't want to go through the same humiliation as the girl, so I quietly slipped out of line. That same
k any computer science books, an economics book, english books, speech books, and a calculus book.
hat semester. Even though I do believe in business and textbook stores are only trying to make money, I believe students should be informed
, and the professor also does not have to change books from year to year and subsequently change teaching materials.




ven going to be used the next semester!
e newest editions of textbooks that contain the same information as previous editions.
it is a guaranteed profit.




initially cheaper by <$25, the book cannot be sold back at the end of the semester. Often times unbound books are the only available option
back essentials of AutoCad book. As far as I know, the same edition is still required in the course.VTPP 434/435 (Silverthorn) - Could not se




used on making policy that lets the instructor choose which edition of the book he/she wants to use based on the "new" or mostly rearranged
TAMU SURVIVOR. The owner of said wallet regularly gives lectures to high school students to raise awareness of these unspeakable acts
be used by someone else.

hand, I couldn't sell any of them back. Not to mention that since they were all sold together, if you lost one, you had to buy a whole new pack
an not be bought 2 weeks in advance or due to cost.
anymore. Thanks for reading.
e years is adequate.
quietly slipped out of line. That same edition continued on the shelf for $70.
believe students should be informed anyways by the stores or even their professors.
ching materials.
d books are the only available option.
P 434/435 (Silverthorn) - Could not sell back old edition because new edition is now being used.




ed on the "new" or mostly rearranged content of the book.
wareness of these unspeakable acts that take place on TAMU campuses.
ne, you had to buy a whole new pack. There was another reference manual for ENGR 112 on Solidworks and we looked at only a couple of p
s and we looked at only a couple of pages out of it. Same with the Engineering Track A book that we had to purchase for those classes. In a
d to purchase for those classes. In all, those cost about as much as my thick, heavily MATH 151, 152, AND 251 book that was heavily used
AND 251 book that was heavily used in all 3 of those classes. I know there were other books and classes like that, but those are the ones tha
s like that, but those are the ones that stand out the most.
CSAB Textbook Survey Fall 2010

I have opted not to purchase a textbook because I couldn't afford it.

                                                             Response          Response
Answer Options
                                                              Percent           Count
Strongly Agree                                                 28.5%             1877
Agree                                                          24.6%             1618
Neutral                                                        16.4%             1080
Disagree                                                       22.9%             1511
Strongly Disagree                                               7.6%              503
Please add any addtional comments below.                                          636
                                                      answered question               6589
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                                                          Please add any
                                                          addtional
                                                          comments
                                                          below.
                                                          There are several textbooks that I've gone without because of their c
                                                          I have not before, but at the rate we are going that is a consideration
                                                          Again, that's what the Internet is for. The prices online are better.
                                                          I buy all my books online because it saves me $400+
                                                          I ended up buying the book later
                                                          Textbooks should never cost 200$
                                                          I have, but only optional texts.
                                                          I have always purchased my textbooks because I'm afraid if I don't I
                                                          No I just go to amazon.
                                                          I'm on a budget, if I hear that the prof doesn't use the book then I try
                                                          I borrow other peoples textbooks in class when I know I cannot buy a
                                                          I'VE HAD TO RENT ONE
                                                          Some books are just to expensive.
                                                          It is usually recommended material that I end up not buying
                                                          As classes get harder the textbooks become 3-400 dollars each. I try
                                                          I was able to pass the course but jsut barely.....
                                                          I have had to rent most of my books at a discount of about 70%, but I
                                                          always purchase my textbooks
                                                          I use online resources to buy textbooks now..
                                                          I've had to take on two part time jobs just to help cover the cost of bo
                                                          I am able to afford it only because I was lucky enough to get a schola
                                                          $150 is way too expensive for students trying to pay for school, trans
                                                          I save up money until I can afford it basically
                                                          Text books used and new are still too expencive expecially when you
                                                          If I did not have scholarships to pay for my books already this would
                                                          There is only one Book i have purchased: eng 1301And Science lab
                                                          I won't fail a class just because the book was too expensive. I buy it a
                                                          Scholarship.
                                                          A lot of times I do not purchase textbooks outside of my core classes
                                                          Some textbooks are very expensive, but I have always bought them.
                                                          I always find a way to purchase my books although it has many times
I have a scholarship that covers a portion of my text books each sem
You have to purchase most textbooks for classes it is required!
In the past, several weeks of the semester will pass before I am able
if it is too expensive, i would try to buy/borrow from a friend
I have always purchased the required textbooks even when I couldn'
People who can't afford textbooks should not be going to college. If
had to do this during undergraduate studies
I resorted to online resources for books I could not afford.
I don't have books for two of my classes this semester, mainly becau
I can't afford my books but I HAVE to have them so I do purchase the
This situation has not happened to me because I'm fortunate enough
See comments for #3.
I had textbook vouchers from financial aid.
I have always bought the text book even if I could not afford it, which
Many students use books in the library, because the cost of books rid
I had a loan and a few scholarships and was able, in combination wit
My financial aid only covers so much, the cost of books are high and
I have opted not to purchase a textbook for a class because it was to
I always purchased the textbook, even when I could not afford it I wo
Yes, with my other courses and the large amount of books I had to p
My parents would help me out if it was necessary, but sometimes yo
I have always purchased my textbooks each semester. However, ino
I've never really seen textbooks as being an option. I have, however
most engineering, math or chemistry books are in range of 280.00 or
I could afford them but I have not gotten books because I herd from f
This goes back to that "new edition". If I can buy the old edition onlin
If I have to buy it, then I better use it.
I always purchase the textbooks, but it still hurts financially.
I purchased textbooks and instead went without groceries for a coup
Can't afford to fail the class either. I've paid as high as $150.00 for a
if i can seriously get by without it, i try not to buy it.
you can find the same books with half price around internet. new boo
There are have been times when I had to be late on a payment for so
I charge the textbooks to my credit card if I do not have the money.
I buy them but they are expensive.
Even the cost of used books has gone up to where I could not afford
I have had to wait to purchase a book at a time.
I either go the library and check out the only book on reserve for the
Whether they're expensive or not, this is rarely an option! No book=n
I normally don;t purchase textbooks because they are unneccasary e
Thankfully i have parents that are kind enoug and better off than som
Those science text books are really expensive along withe the kits fo
I've had to utilize other sources for textbooks before due to cost. Pro
I do not take a class unless I can afford the books and many times I h
I have gone far into debt instead.
I can't afford it but barrow and buy anyway to succeed in the class.
This is the 1st semester that I have been able to rent 3 of the 5 books
I can rent TWO textbooks for the cost of purchasing ONE!!
I rent them now.
I always find a way, but it comes out of my grocery budget.
Books, food, or gas. Not a difficult choice.
I have a lot of chemistry classes and other science courses for my m
Why should i pay up to $500 plus for a book???
It hasn't been my experience that an assigned text is optional. While
I began to rent books instead if they are available.
You must have a book in order to pass a class.
If though the textbooks are costly, I check around for cheaper prices
This was detrimental to my grade in the class which effected my gpa
I have dropped a course, because I could not afford the textbook
I'll get my books somehow. I have ordered online and gotten deals so
I always purchase what is said to be required and I almost always bu
Have gone through several classes where I never purchased a textb
Rented textbooks instead
I can't get a job due to class schedule, so it's ridiculous to expect me
I have used out of date texts rather than spend an outrageous amoun
If the professor decides to actually use the textbook, then not having
It has been that way every semester. Books are so costly that some
When it comes to courses without the book you may potentially fail th
If the professor says you have to have it, then I always buy it. The pr
I have gone to online sources and purchased inferior quality books b
Math and science textbooks are especially difficult for students. They
I disagree because I have to eventually get the book somehow even
Most the time, you do need the text book, but its something you don'
Although I feel that textbooks are to expensive, I always purchase th
Extremely overpriced for grouped sheets of paper.
I have had to borrow books from friends that did not sell back their bo
My scholarships pay for my books. But if I didn't have that scholarshi
I have found that it is much less expensive to rent a book from a web
I have either not bought a book because it was too expensive or bou
I have shared textbooks with other students before to cut down on co
couldn't have them by first day of class
Yes, I have purchased from Amazon because of this.
I purchased an older edition because the new edition was too expens
my Criminal Justice book was $160... RIDICULOUS!
Textbooks are vital for a class. I have always bought my books, thats
I usually cannot afford to buy all my books at the beginning of the sch
I ended up failing a class because I did not have the money for the b
I always manage to purchase the main book, but very rarely order an
when i couldn't afford it, i rentedit.
I usually ask around if the book is absolutely nessesary for the class
I frequently do not purchase texts for core classes because of their h
I always purchased the required textbook. However, I made endless
I have also borrowed a couple of books from other people that have
This semester I opted not buying a book because it is way too expen
In this respect I see I have no option, either I purchase the book or I d
Though I've been able to purchase textbooks, doing so has required
I am currently sharing the Chemistry textbook with a friend who purc
I find the best deal for me and purchase.
It is common for students to find friends who are taking the same cou
all the time
I was not buying books until someone told me about some of the use
I check Amazon, half.com, eBay, and even Half Price Books to find t
I have never gone without a textbook because you never know when
Instead of buying the book, I had to rent a book. Rental was cheape
Over $120 for a "new edition" book for one class? please....
I have had text books over $250 before; this semester, I had to choos
I've waited until I have money and it set me back in my studies. Also
none
Being a college student I do not have spare money laying around. So
Not this year but in past semesters.
I have also used the old version of a textbook due to a reduced price
I do get them cheaper at Amazon.com.
Been doing it a lot lately and it saves me money without sacrificing a
A textbook is part of a course. If I couldn't afford the textbook, I would
I've never actually not purchased a textbook, but I have waited until I
i am a college student and all my money gots to paying my tuition.
I probably could have found a way to pay for it, but the high price cou
I didn't have the money to afford the book, but if I didn't purchase it, I
I can't risk my GPA because I can't afford a book. I rarely buy from th
books should be alot cheaper being that majority of the students are
I receive loans
I went to chegg.com and rented half of my books. It saved me over 3
I have started purchasing international editions of text books which a
Textbooks are essential to success in college, so I would never attem
I usually try to borrow money to buy books which led to a lot of debt b
I might have done so, but I found good deals on eBay.
I've only opted out of buying the textbook for 2 courses.
I am lucky to have financial support from family though college.
The differences on prices between used and new books do not vary
I bought an earlier edition, had the same information just different pa
I borrow them from public libraries for the duration of the course.
I never have done this because of the fact that I always had family or
There was one semester I just didn't buy one of my books, and actua
In the two cases I chose to do this, it was not an issue because the w
I ended up borrowing a textbook from another classmate because on
When we are not given our student loan money until after the first we
But I have had to go several weeks without one due to finance proble
Some books are really necessary for the class and this is a very poo
I have found most textbooks to be in the upward of $100-200.00 in m
I will sometimes buy an older edition because they are cheaper. Tak
I borrowed the money from my parents and will pay them back for my
Text books need to start being included in our financial aid!! So many
Buy books online! www.half.comwww.amazon.comwww.chegg.com
Textbooks are extremely expensive.
My professor wants me to get a book for Chemistry. I opted out beca
Afraid I will not have material to participate in class and purchase ma
I used www.chegg.com to rent the book for more than half the price.
Even used textbooks are expensive. Twice so far, I have opted to pa
Managed to dig up enough to buy all books plus a book loan, financi
This semester I was not sure how much I was going to be using eithe
I purchased them elsewhere at a much lower cost!
I personnally have not had to deal with this issue but do know of stud
The cost of some text books is over $200. I am taking 4 classes at a
I ended up purchasing an earlier edition. I compared the book to a c
I rent mine from a business I found online. You rent the books for a f
I have always bought my books, but at times it does create a hardshi
I couldn't afford book this fall semester due to know financial help. It'
I actually have to borrow books from friends because I can't afford th
purchased elsewhere lower priced
I have borrowed books several times
I will pull out a loan before I go without the proper education, but if it
Especially for basic courses like Biology textbooks are so expensive
I rented a digital version because the textbook was not available use
i am married and have a child and for my math class my math lab wa
They are getting more and more expensive so this may become a m
I've almost had to sacrifice a textbook for the money coming from fin
Or I wait to buy it online.
But I also have parents that have been able to help in the past for pu
I always buy the books required for my classes, however, I have bee
One semester I did not buy any of my text books except one that was
I had a book cost me around $150, so I decided not to get it and take
If you use GIbill or other tuition assistance program the money you g
purchased the textbook elsewhere at a lower, more affordable cost
Even used books are becoming very unaffordable now. Don't see wh
I rented some textbooks.
I have shared textbooks before to but back on costs.
I allways buy my books, even when the expenses do not fit into my b
Usually when this happens to me its one of the few books that i do en
A new addition was released so the price was almost $200 when I co
I purchased the books but it was definitely a financial strain.
can't afford not to have the appropriate book for a class.
I have had to share books with fellow students.
there have been times that i was not able to buy a book until several
It has come close
i cant spend $200 for a used textbook. i wish textbooks could be issu
From the bookstore i would not purchase the textbook. I have since
I would rent the textbook from an online source.
My friends and I share textbooks if they are really expensive and we
As well as MANY students I know with low-income families.
Biology book was $220
That is part of the known expense of college course work.
I am too paranoid the textbook I would opt out of purchasing would b
I almost had this as my resolution but I knew I had with the fear of no
I consider it part of the cost of attending college and cut out somethin
Even if I couldnt afford it I had to find a way to be able to.
If I cannot find the cheapest price I will not buy it. If it's too expensive
Some of the textbooks have been extremely expensive but fortunate
Others costs are much higher. Textbooks are not a major issue.
I have had to put myself and family "out" in order to make sure I get a
I also couldn't purchase a code our math teacher made us use to do
I've used a different book company besides the campus bookstore b
With the use of e-books and or novel book size books, prices are mo
I have made many sacrifices to purchase many expensive books bec
In many classes, students don't have an option to not buy the books.
I'm financially sound.
If I had someone I could share a book with then I would definitely tak
I've never taken that risk.
Have just had too find a way to absorb the cost and make the purcha
Financial Aid pays for my books.
It's bad enough that we have to pay so much money to attend school
once again the loan.
Yes, so true. There have been many cases where I hope that the pro
Do you know how bad it sucks when six weeks into a course, you sti
I did that once with one course. It made it soo much harder. I decided
I have opted not to purchase a textbook because ti costs too much, s
I have never really been able to afford textbooks, so loans are usuall
Always find a way to get it done.
Have thought about it though
always find a way
I bought them but had to use student loan money. So, I couldn't affor
I bought them but had to use student loan money. So, I couldn't affor
I purchased all the required text books for my classes, and purchase
I purchase the textbook and make cuts in expenses in other areas. T
There were three of us who had to share a text book because we we
I have never 'not' purchased a required book, however, I have had to
i put it on my credit card but it takes me quite awhilt to pay the entire
I have not bought a book in two years because they are too expensiv
I have heard this from students but have not experienced personally.
I chose not to continue to purchase because I could rent 4-6 books fo
I have always found ways to save enough money for books.
I have bought three books in this graduate program because of my d
I stopped buying book after 1 semester of school. I just use the book
I have decided not to purchase a book that was available in the librar
Didn't really think there was an option in "required" text books. I hav
Some of my text costed as much as $200( per book)
I have opted not to purchase a textbook because I did not want to wa
i have found the one i wanted in the library... but in truth i simply felt
Especially when science text can be up to 160 dollars
you always find a way how
I think the books I've had to purchase for the doctoral program thus f
Or that I knew we would not be using a lot during class although it m
When you have to pay tuition and sky high fees, sometimes you can
I could afford them, but chose not to waste my money by buying them
This has not happened to me because I have made sure to take out
Yes
I have opted not to purchase textbooks this semester because of how
I have bought the ebook version instead of the hard back book becau
We just don't get enough money
I was fortunate enough to have parents who provided for my educatio
I always purchase or rent a book if it is required.
I will typically not purchase from the university book store because th
Fortunately my parents pay for my schooling and books but it is a litt
I am fortunate that my parents are rich.
Because our financial aid arrives 3 weeks after the first day of schoo
If a professor requires the text I'm going to buy it because I assume t
I asked my friend if she used the book for MATH 141 and she said sh
I'm missing a textbook in 2 course right now because they are way to
It is a shame that I have had to forgo buying a textbook because the
I had to get a loan to pay for textbooks this year. The prices of textbo
I have not done this yet, but I would if I had to.
Haven't used the book in my class either
I will also try to find a way around this by speaking with the professor
I rent them!
This made the course much tougher to get through and only hurt me.
I can afford them, but they're still too expensive to justify paying for a
There have been many times that I don't buy a book until a month int
I can afford the textbooks, I just think it is a waste of money and have
How can textbooks cost hundreds of dollars? Answer, the seller has
No matter the cost I always buy the book but normally have to nickel
I've found alternative sources for purchase that are less expensive th
I was fortunate ro be able to share the textbook with a classmate, at
I would somtimes just borrow a book from a friend, in hopes that it wi
Rather say n/a. But I have not bought them at times bc I didn't think i
This caused my grade to suffer.
I have pawn some things to get the books, or bought out dated editio
Yes, there have been times where I have shared a text or winged it th
I can always find my book at an affordable price on-line, most of the
Not yet.
I'm not entirely stupid, only stupid enough to require the book in the f
I have started renting my textbooks.
190$ for a business book at the bookstore.
I could barely pay tuition (even with a loan, I still had to pay out of my
I find that having the text material helps me absorb the information b
Some courses require more than one textbook and we never use the
I'd rather borrow a book than buy one for 60 dollars
I have been short in money because I need to purchase textbooks.
I have been blessed to always have enough money to buy textbooks
We have no choice but to figure out a way to purchase the book.
In past semesters I have had to do without a textbook due to financia
Text book prices are way too high.
If a textbook is required for the course, students can't very well NOT
the online books I haven't used since I purchase the copy of the book
I
Two of my classes are like that this year and I just rent them from the
The book was $200 and because it was new there were no used edit
My textbooks are covered by a scholarship.
I pay for my own college.
If my professor requires a book, I buy it. Just like I have to pay for m
I have opted to split the price with friends because it was too expens
Only once did I not purchase a book for financial reasons.
We have money for cell phones, ipads, etc... This is education peop
While quite expensive, I was always fortunate enough to have the fun
I will always buy required materials because I fear my grade will drop
When weighing the chance that the material will be used compared t
Rented books, when available.
This even happened to me last semester when the book wasn't on co
After I purchased so many textbooks, I got tired of paying so much th
Many of my peers steal their books because they would rather not pa
I've found that online book purchases are the way to go. They're mu
I never buy optional textbooks.
I have almost always shelled out for the textbook because I don't wa
Tomorrow morning I actually have a test in a class which I did not pu
I rent expensive textbooks from chegg.com
ESPECIALLY WITH THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS GOING ON RIGHT N
many times, before i transferred to kingsville, i would just easily go to
Books are expensive.
I am lucky as I am a financial aid student.
Texts books are too expensive. If I know I can do assignments in the
I have always tried to buy my textbooks even when they are expensi
It is ridiculous how expensive textbooks are. They are not that much
I didn't purchase a Spanish book because the book was +/- $200. I c
I could afford it, but did not want to pay the price if I was not going to
I always find a way to purchase the book at a price I can afford.
Again the cost is too high and then to spend that much money on boo
I went to a online textbook rental because it saved me more than hal
I'm lucky and my books arepaid for but many others pay for books th
Really makes is hard to complete homework assignments when work
You don't really have much of a choice if your course requires the bo
I only chose not to purchase if I knew it would not be used in class af
Things like lab manuals that are easily copied by hand aren't worth s
Fortunately my parents always made sure I had them even though m
These are the ones I end up needing :(
It is hard enough to pay for college on your own, especially books tha
Had to ask parents for money just to buy a book that was rarely used
high out cost low return
Textbooks are expensive and would rather share or go without then h
I have never done this but I have almost cried at the price for some o
Fortunately, my parents have helped me out when I am short on mon
i usually borrow money from parents or work extra to be able to affor
I have not purchased books becuase I can not afford it due to paying
I somehow always get my books. Some semesters are harder than o
This is absolutely true to the extent of the school bookstore. I will not
This happens for at least two of my classes EVERY SEMESTER!
I've purchased all required materials.
We are required to have them so I just go into more debt.
This is what I did the first semester I came to TSU because I just cou
I have been able to share books with other students or was able to fi
I have used the books in thelibrary for classes that i could not afford
I think of text book as a part of tuition that hasnt been paid yet.
Not being able to afford a textbook through the school's store only le
Even if they are really expensive I had to buy them because I could n
If I could opt not to purchase I would but you have to have the book s
There have been times I could not afford the textbook and had to bor
If I don't buy the book, I will be behind in the class, because my teach
I buy them on Amazon after the bookstore made me mad. They are w
I have not bought books all at once. I could not afford to get them all
I always purchase the textbook to be on the safe side. However, I ha
i have gone through much of college without textbooks because of ho
It is cheaper to have overdue fees at the library.
I dorpped a class bc the textbook was too expensive. My books coste
I have thought about not buying a book next semester until I know fo
After putting myself through school I can't affair $500 worth of text bo
I didn't purchase a book for one of my management courses because
I know a lot of students who don't buy books because they are too ex
I've had to borrow books or share books with friends. The extra hund
Sometimes I have borrowed other people's books.
I try to usually find a way to buy a book if my prof needs it but after i h
I have also used old versions of textbooks (sometimes 3 versions old
I have done this with 3 of my textbooks.
My math book, my programming book, a structures book, a fluid boo
Not buying the book is generally not an option for my classes.
n/a
I have done without something else in order to purchase required tex
I have had to increase loan amounts to cover the cost of textbooks.
I always buy my books on Amazon because it's always the cheaper o
This next year coming up, I'm not even going to buy any books becau
I was forced to purchased an e-book and a hard copy that had missin
Over my three years in college, I have stopped buying textbooks unt
I wait until the professor says whether or not we use the book before
Classes are expensive enough......
I am suckered into buying books for fear of them running out.
I usually buy all the required textbooks in my class with financial aid
I usually wait until class has started to see if I will need to buy the bo
Although I have been able to afford it, it hasn't been easy. Spending
I borrowed a friends and paid rent for it = $30 versus $300.
I choose to purcahse textbooks based on the content and if it will aid
Sometimes me and another student will split the cost, or I will just no
Have done this, or photocopied and returned texts. Usually ends unf
Textbooks are too expensive for me. I'd like to buy books from my ho
My parents are kind enough to help me buy textbooks
My parents are kind enough to help me buy textbooks
I buy all of my textbooks online, through amazon or ebay or half.com
This happened with my chemistry textbook this year. As much as I n
I haven't bought a textbook for the last two semesters because they a
I have not purchased a textbook because of money. I view it as a nec
I have to even if it is expensive because I do not want to do poorly in
Textbooks are WAYY too expensive and the prices we well them bac
School tuition is already a huge price tag. It is ridiculous to have to p
Done that for more about 60% of my courses.
I've borrowed some from friends, checked some out from the library,
I have, however, purchased them online vs. in store to save money.
Book prices are outrages my most expensive book was a lab manua
I could afford it, but wasn't going to "waste" money.
For my upper level POLS Class. the total was over $200 and I couldn
We are forced to make a choice between putting ourselves in debt ov
Not because I couldn't "afford" it but because I was told the book doe
I try to borrow my older classmate's textbooks or obtain an electronic
I have had to go without and share with others or try to find an online
Books are expensive!!!
I pay for all of my school through student loans and sometimes I can
Rented instead.
A textbook for one of my aerospace engineering classes cost over $3
This is true for most textbooks. Most of the graduate course textbook
As I said, I no longer buy any books, their prohibitive cost being the p
Many times, I use a copy available at Evans Library; or borrow a frien
My dad pays for my books
I have always bought my textbooks, but I really can't afford to pay su
I've always just had to buy the book, but I've turned to buying from ra
I've never skipped a *required* book, though. Only optional.
I cannot afford all my textbooks each semester so I rely heavily in co
It is not because I could not afford it but the cost of the book did not o
Yes, sometimes that was the case!
i was told it was NECESSARY to buy the book- no options.
i wish i could have done this and save money in the beginning of the
As much as I have hated the overwhelming prices, I have never opte
I currently am sharing two books with my roommate.
not yet
I don't buy 50%+ of my class-required textbooks.
There's no way I could have afforded textbooks on my own; fortunate
I've always bought the textbooks that are required, but I have to take
This has not happened to me personally, but I am fortunate enough t
A few were not bought simply cause the professor said it was optiona
And Searched for the textbook through other sources .. Ie library
I buy ebooks and use them on an iPad instead because of the cost o
Textbooks are required and although I hate it, usually I'll pay whatev
One soci class required me to buy 600 dollars worth of books...I drop
Buy used if able and then new if no choice.
I've used textbooks at the library in courses where we read very little
I could afford the textbook but the professor required ~$200 a shrinkw
I will find the money to purchase a book because I would not want th
Thank goodness I have always been fortunate enough to buy them!
You make it work. I've definetely had to ask my parents for extra mon
I've done this for about 7-10 classes. Most of the time I didn't need ne
I have put off buying textbooks until the price dropped.
i can afford the books, but i would like to not pay so much on a book
or buy international version...
I typically resort to renting textbooks now so that this is less of a prob
I will go throught the library system to borrow a textbook from anothe
I have had to wait to purchase a book or buy it through half.com or am
Luckily, the library had it, but that was severely inconvenient sometim
I feel pressured by the professors to buy the textbooks no matter wha
I always find a way to buy my books, even if that means cutting back
I always make sure I buy books, even if I have to have very little groc
I have not purchased a required book before because I just didnt wan
Comm 203 is a perfect example. We were asked to purchase "The a
I found cheaper options than the stores
I interlibrary loan most of my books now as a grad student
I couldn't afford it (I rack up about $8,000 a senester in loans), but I b
Have you SEEN the prices??
They claim we "have to" have them, so if you don't buy the book you
This semester is especially true for me. I decided to wait until after m
Scholarship.
I am suffering through one of my classes because I cannot afford to p
I opt not to buy a textbook that is too expensive because I am afraid
I can afford $300 textbooks. I just choose not to.
I cannot afford tetbooks over 150$.
I have a book stipend given by my fellowship.
I couldn't afford to get my textbooks this semester and my grades ha
I couldn't afford to get my textbooks this semester and my grades ha
Textbooks are too expensive and represent a false commodity.
Textbooks are too expensive at MSC book store.
There have been times that I wanted to not buy a book because of co
I have turned to renting textbooks, borrowing from friends, and also r
I have to, how else am I supposed to do my work?...
I am not going to pay nearly $300 for a disgustingly juvenile biology t
Instead, I rented the book
The cost of textbooks is minuscule compared to what I pay for my ed
Personally money is not necessarily an issue in my family but I know
If I didn't buy the book, I would end up needing it. Fortunately my par
There is no past edition for the book. The latest edition is too expens
$200 for a microbiology textbook is ridiculous
I'll usually try to rent it instead
I already pay $4000/year for tuition.
I have not bought a single textbook since my sophomore year of coll
I did not purchase a $200 thermal-fluids book because it did not cont
Prof said we needed it so I ot it. I dont fuck around
I have always been able to afford textbooks but I have many close fri
this has given me a disadvantage in the class, simply because the bo
I have had to borrow from one of my classmates because it was too e
I have done this a number of times or shared books/ swapped books
I found a way to get all the books.
I couldnt bring myself to not have the assigned material.
I couldnt bring myself to not have the assigned material.
This didn't work the time that the professor forgot to get the library to
Costs were outrageous, but I could afford it.
i found a cheaper version online
I have to buy new books for many courses because of a newer editio
the library offers textbooks, which i often use because it's free, despi
The textbook is really expensive. Any other book that is as heavy, th
It's pretty much mandatory or you will fail the course.
I don't think I've ever had a textbook required that I couldn't afford, bu
I just go online and rent textbooks now
As a graduate student, I could not afford several books this semester
My parents pay for my books though.
When I could not afford a textbook, I usually used a credit card to pu
Prices for books are always horribly high. Some math books are clos
Even though I know that there is a good chance that I won't use a tex
Splitting the textbook with another student is difficult, but not uncomm
And the worst thing is that those were the books that I needed the mo
Books are definitely a financial burden upon other students and myse
the book was about $160, so i couldn't buy it..because it was just for
Parents pay for text books
In the past, I have shared textbooks for classes where the book does
So far I have purchased all of the textbooks that are required for my c
I usually never buy solution manuals, which are expensive too.
I have waited a month and a half (about a week before the test) to bu
I could always afford it... barely
I have 'shared' per the professor's recommendation, depending on co
Several of my books this year were expensive so I chose to go to cla
I am lucky because my parents help me with school and would have
If it is too expensive and I am afraid I wont use it, I don't purchase it.
Usually I can get by without the textbook. Even if it is used on a test,
I started buying international editions because the price is so much c
Sometimes I have to buy an older edition, which throws pages off.
Almost for every class after my freshman year. I try to wait 2-3 weeks
I did not buy any books the past two semesters because I can not aff
I have always been able to buy my books because my parents have
Rising textbook costs could be more than offset by keeping fees stab
Textbook prices themselves are a scam. A university as large as Te
Unfortunately I have to use my loans to pay for books that are extrem
Unfortunately I have to use my loans to pay for books that are extrem
Don't buy it from the MSC bookstore, they're two to four times more e
If I'm told that a class doesn't rely heavily on the textbook, then I don
I usually buy my textbooks on Amazon.com used because the are su
My parents always paid for textbooks so it was not a huge financial b
In this case I was forced to share a book with a classmate, make cop
All the time
especially if it is available on ebooks (i do prefer to own the book my
Its not that I couldn't afford them exactly, I can just think of a lot of oth
ECEN 214 - did not purchase the textbook because I could not afford
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
I pay for my college and have to ask friends ahead of each semester
I have been able to purchase my books without going into debt only b
Not necessarily because I couldn't afford it but because i knew it wou
One book was $220 new, and $180 used. Seriously!?
This happens frequently - for at least one class every semester.
I don't feel I should respond to this question because I have never be
I started to avoid buying textbooks as possible as I can. Only when th
When I have to choose between buying textbooks or paying rent, I w
I can usually tell by the syllabus whether the book will actually be ne
Like I said, as long as you can sell it back, they don't cost that much.
I prefer either to but them online and later lend it to my friends, share
Not that ive had to yet, but if it ever came down to it, which it could ve
most of the books i needed were over $250
No matter the cost, my family finds a way to make the textbook obtai
At times, I could afford it but I opted to not because I didn't want to ad
I found a less costly way to use the textbook.
When textbooks are "required' for every class the hundreds of dollars
I am paying for my college textbooks on my own and it is often so dis
I haven't yet, but I will probably do so in the future.
I purchased the ebook instead and it serves the purpose I need altho
I have to get them because i have no choice.
I found less expensive sources to purchase from rather than purchas
I managed to get a calculus textbook for free, and I could not afford a
rented and purchased many from other online resources
Over the last 3 years, I have tried to borrow books from libraries and
Book prices are very expensive, especially at the MSC bookstore.
I always had to find a way to afford it because I needed it for the clas
It's a gamble. Sometimes the book is really important and I'll make a
We barely ever use the books they make us buy anyway.
I have been fortunate enough to receive assistance from my parents
Chose online book because it was cheaper
Too many textbooks for our major classes are $200.
The books are getting to the point were the book cost more than the
i dont buy txt books anymore unless they are for my classes that are
I buy the ones that I need
If I did not have scholarship money to cover the price of books, I wou
When I had to pay $800 for textbooks for one semester, the next sem
I didn't purchase my BMEN 282 textbook (Biology) because I could b
I cannot make it through my major without textbooks which is a hard
I have opted to rent the textbook, and I have opted to borrow books f
I have opted not to buy locally several times and was left to look for o
I get them all eventually. My books are usually cheap as a philosoph
books are too expensive
Sometimes even a used book can not be purchased because the cos
I'm an engineering major, and textbooks are always expensive. I'm a
Had to rent
I have bought international versions at cheaper prices.
A class without a book makes life tough.
This semester I was only able to buy one book out of the four books
I always end up buying the books, just not at the beginning of the sem
Only because of loans I have taken out, otherwise this would probab
Who wants to pay over $200 dollars for a book that is used for 3 mon
Too many textbooks, and I don't have an infinite supply of money. I'm
My courses are such that generally cannot be taken without the textb
I have considered it many times, done it a few times. It makes me wo
I go online and find cheaper prices.
THE PRICES FOR THESE BOOKS ARE OUTLANDISH I HAVE HAD
Fortunately, my parents pay for all of my school and can afford to bu
and i didn't do as well in the class as i would have liked but i just cou
If I can't afford it, I'll rent it through a website
I worry about how important it may be for me to have the textbook, so
I do NOT purchase text books from campus at all if I can find them o
I've chosen to share a textbook with someone and also find other che
Some students are independent and just cant afford textbooks. Rent
 I've gone without because of their cost. Instead, I try my best to use a library edition or borrow a friends book.
we are going that is a consideration of mine.
for. The prices online are better.
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books because I'm afraid if I don't I may need it and not have it even though I may not have money for other things.

prof doesn't use the book then I try not to waste money on one.
in class when I know I cannot buy a used version of the book.


ial that I end up not buying
oks become 3-400 dollars each. I try to get older editions but some chapters are new in the new editions and I feel lost.
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oks at a discount of about 70%, but I am not allowed to highlight or make notes in the book. Some of the text that are required for my grad cla


 obs just to help cover the cost of books. Sometimes my grades suffer when I don't buy the books in time because I don't have money. I get p
e I was lucky enough to get a scholarship
udents trying to pay for school, transportation and the cost of living.

 l too expencive expecially when you sell them back you only get 1/4 of the money back.
 ay for my books already this would have happened to me numerious times.
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he book was too expensive. I buy it anyway, even though I know it's going to bankrupt me.

extbooks outside of my core classes because they are so expensive and I am unable to sell them back at a reasonable (or any) price. It typic
ive, but I have always bought them. If a book is available used at a much cheaper price, I buy it that way.
my books although it has many times put a strain on my finances
 a portion of my text books each semester.
 ooks for classes it is required!
 semester will pass before I am able to purchase textbooks because of the lack of funds. Also, I have had to buy older editions at a resale bo
 o buy/borrow from a friend
 uired textbooks even when I couldn't afford them. Sometimes financial aid is enough to reimburse myself, other times I just have to borrow fr
 s should not be going to college. If my car doesn't have gas, it doesn't run. Simple. No free rides should be allowed, nor excuses by studen

 books I could not afford.
classes this semester, mainly because I couldn't afford it. Sad !!
E to have them so I do purchase them, and just get by the best way I can.
to me because I'm fortunate enough to be blessed with a scholarship that covers *most* of the price of books. However, if I am ever in a situa


ok even if I could not afford it, which is always the case.
 ibrary, because the cost of books ridiculous. Therefore, this limits you to one study area, the library only.
 ps and was able, in combination with my own funds, to afford school and books.
much, the cost of books are high and the work study job that i maintain will not support mtself with the cost of books attached.
 xtbook for a class because it was too expensive. This usually resulted in me receiving a lower grade in the course, or having to take out a te
  even when I could not afford it I would put it on a credit card or cut back on my family's grocery money for a few weeks.
 he large amount of books I had to purchase, I opted not to purchase a textbook because I couldn't afford it.
 t was necessary, but sometimes you can tell when a teacher has no intention of making you use a book. I had a class that required a few sm
 books each semester. However, inorder to be able to afford them I have had to take out parts of my student loans to buy them.
as being an option. I have, however, had to borrow money from my dad to purchase books...and I'm grown, married, and have a full-time job
 stry books are in range of 280.00 or more.....with five classes and not much time to work how can I afford extra 1000-1500 in book fees. Esp
  gotten books because I herd from friends they would not be needed.
 on". If I can buy the old edition online for $10 instead of paying $100 online or $175 at the bookstore, I'm going to get the old edition. I have d

  but it still hurts financially.
ad went without groceries for a couple of weeks to cover costs of textbooks
 r. I've paid as high as $150.00 for a single textbook. My textbook fees each semester (2 - 3 hour courses) are typically $200 to $300.
, i try not to buy it.
h half price around internet. new books are usually the same price online as the used books at the bookstore...
  I had to be late on a payment for something else to have my books on time. I just believe textbooks are essential and so I try to have them a
dit card if I do not have the money.

 gone up to where I could not afford to by the class and I had to take my test with notes only
book at a time.
out the only book on reserve for the class for 3 hours, or I make copies of classmate's books.
 , this is rarely an option! No book=no ability to take & pass a class.
oks because they are unneccasary especially at there current cost even used books are expensive
e kind enoug and better off than some others parents and they choose to help me out, but i've still hid textbooks from them saying I don't nee
ally expensive along withe the kits for some labs are outragious
or textbooks before due to cost. Project Trio, booklending/renting agencies, loaners from friends.
 afford the books and many times I have had to take very few or no classes in a semester because of lack of funds for books.

 y anyway to succeed in the class.
 ve been able to rent 3 of the 5 books required for my courses.
 cost of purchasing ONE!!

 out of my grocery budget.

 and other science courses for my major; i have to choose between getting finished with my degree on time or go further into debt.
s for a book???
t an assigned text is optional. While prices may have been such that I indeed could not afford the book, not having it was the greater of the tw
hey are available.
o pass a class.
y, I check around for cheaper prices or see if its at my university library. Before I have to purchase any book from the bookstore or from an sit
e in the class which effected my gpa and my scholarships.
 e I could not afford the textbook
 e ordered online and gotten deals sometimes, others, they weren't exactly the ones I neede, but the teacher worked with me.
  be required and I almost always buy unneeded and extra books due to errors or the professor not teaching from a book.
 es where I never purchased a textbook or borrowed a textbook from the instructor because I could not afford the high costs of the bookstore.

edule, so it's ridiculous to expect me to shell out up to $600 a semester for books when I get NO financial aid outside of loans.
 er than spend an outrageous amount of money on a new edition.
 ly use the textbook, then not having one would be a serious mistake. I simply must get one whether we use it or not.
ster. Books are so costly that sometimes the money i get for school i cant buy the books.
ut the book you may potentially fail the course therefore you have no choice but to buy the book.
  have it, then I always buy it. The price is always extremely high.
 d purchased inferior quality books because the cost at university was so high.
especially difficult for students. They have a high turnover and high price. Many students often reschedule when to take courses as to pass t
 ntually get the book somehow even though it is expensive or else it is a waste of money for the class that I'm attending.
ext book, but its something you don't know until it is too late to sell back.
   to expensive, I always purchase them. I feel that, for most classes, they are important in earning a good course grade.
d sheets of paper.
 friends that did not sell back their books.
  s. But if I didn't have that scholarship money I couldn't pay for books.
expensive to rent a book from a website online, purchase and share a book with a friend, or buy a used book from the internet. The cost is sig
 ecause it was too expensive or bought a book that was a couple of editions old, which wasn't that different from the "new" book and was A L
er students before to cut down on costs!

 zon because of this.
ause the new edition was too expensive.
 60... RIDICULOUS!
have always bought my books, thats why I wish they weren't so expensive.
my books at the beginning of the school year. i will try to find them used if possible, but right now, I am completely without a Spanish book be
 e I did not have the money for the book and I really needed it for the class.
e main book, but very rarely order any support materials because of finances.

s absolutely nessesary for the class. If not, I will usually share a copy with someone else which hurts the textbook company because a lot of
s for core classes because of their high cost and the low chance it will be used.
textbook. However, I made endless efforts in my search to find a lower priced book. Like the international version.
 books from other people that have them and don't use them. Some have been older editions which has helped me get by in class.
 a book because it is way too expensive after I spend it $689.00 only for one of my daughters. The school bookstore did not wanted to rent m
tion, either I purchase the book or I don't take the class. Since I need the class to fulfill my course requirements, I find some way to purchase
se textbooks, doing so has required me to do some price shopping.
stry textbook with a friend who purchased it previously, because it is too expensive for me to afford.

friends who are taking the same course and share the cost of one book (which is still astronomical). This is more economical for us students

 eone told me about some of the used booksellers online. Now that is the only way I can afford them.
  and even Half Price Books to find the best deals. I seldom pay full price for a text book.
book because you never know when you might need it, but I have had to borrow a lot of money for way over priced textbooks only to use them
 to rent a book. Rental was cheaper than purchase.
ok for one class? please....
before; this semester, I had to choose between eating and paying my electricity and buying a couple of my books. Needless to say, I still do
d it set me back in my studies. Also the loan amount from financial aid has not increased to match the bookstore demand.

have spare money laying around. So, there have been several times I have just done without and found a way to manage without a textbook

of a textbook due to a reduced price.

aves me money without sacrificing a good grade. It's like the higher textbook prices get the less valuable they are towards learning.
  couldn't afford the textbook, I wouldn't take the course.
  a textbook, but I have waited until I had enough money to purchase the textbook. There were times when I waited several weeks after the s
  money gots to paying my tuition.
ay to pay for it, but the high price coupled with the fact that the textbooks have so frequently been unnecessary has made me gunshy.
 the book, but if I didn't purchase it, I'd fail the course. I had to take out a loan.
 n't afford a book. I rarely buy from the bookstore though. I try to always rent my textbooks due to the ridiculous cost of buying books that I ca
 ing that majority of the students are unemployed with no steady income.

half of my books. It saved me over 300$.
 tional editions of text books which are same content and end of chapter questions but paperback and published overseas for cheap. Exampl
 ss in college, so I would never attempt a class without having one.
buy books which led to a lot of debt building on me.
  good deals on eBay.
 extbook for 2 courses.
 ort from family though college.
en used and new books do not vary much in price. Used books should be alot cheaper than newer books.
 e same information just different page numbers
 s for the duration of the course.
of the fact that I always had family or someone that if could not get it would be willing to try and help me out.
 dn't buy one of my books, and actually got through the semester without it. I didn't have the money to buy it, and after seeing it was not need
 s, it was not an issue because the weren't used anyway.
 from another classmate because one of my books alone this semester was $260 - used.
 nt loan money until after the first week of the semester, I have been forced to wait to buy a textbook and my grade has suffered because of it
 ks without one due to finance problems.
y for the class and this is a very poor option.
e in the upward of $100-200.00 in most cases. Most textbooks don't sale for under $80.00.
 tion because they are cheaper. Taking a lower grade in the course due to not having all of the information.
arents and will pay them back for my textbooks. Otherwise I would have opted not to purchase a textbook for lack of funds.
 cluded in our financial aid!! So many other schools are doing this!!
 www.amazon.comwww.chegg.com (rental)www.alibris.comAvoid campus bookstores!

book for Chemistry. I opted out because I already had one from a previous semester (a different book entirely) and another book that the scho
participate in class and purchase materials that end up not being required as stated.
 e book for more than half the price.
 ive. Twice so far, I have opted to partner with a classmate, so I can make copies of the chapters.
y all books plus a book loan, financial office is slow
w much I was going to be using either book and knew that I did not want to keep them after the course was finished. Both books that I needed
  much lower cost!
al with this issue but do know of students in this position. I have seen students split the cost of a text and share it throughout the course.
ver $200. I am taking 4 classes at a time. I am a single parent and simply unable to afford that.
 edition. I compared the book to a classmate that purchased the newest edition. The ONLY change was the cover picture. Exact examples,
nd online. You rent the books for a fraction of the cost and then send them back when your done. That cuts the costs and your not stuck with
 but at times it does create a hardship on my family because the books are so expensive. My books alone for one class were approximately
mester due to know financial help. It's bad enough we have to pay all this money just to go to school but another 500.00 on books. I simply ca
rom friends because I can't afford the actual books.


 ithout the proper education, but if it is an unnecessary expense that makes things irritating.
 Biology textbooks are so expensive why should I purchase it when an 8 year old book says the exact same thing at my public library? D
e the textbook was not available used and the price was too high for me to afford.
 d for my math class my math lab was required i had to go ask my parents and that is embarressing
 expensive so this may become a matter of fact that I cannot afford a textbook.
 book for the money coming from finanical aid, but I'm getting by on loans and scholarships so I'm very fortunate.Also, universities have it so

  been able to help in the past for purchasing books. I spend around $500 on books per semester.
 or my classes, however, I have been unable to meet other financial responsibilities that month because of the cost of textbooks.
of my text books except one that was required for homework. I used the reserved textbooks in the library.
 0, so I decided not to get it and take my chances without it.
 ssistance program the money you get can't not buy a new book at its regular price. I most of the time end up buying used book of past edition
re at a lower, more affordable cost
very unaffordable now. Don't see why because they are used books.

o but back on costs.
 en the expenses do not fit into my budget and need to be charged on the credit card. If a book is required, I feel the need to own it to have th
e its one of the few books that i do end up needing so then i have to work extra hard at my full time job just to afford the one book that i actual
 he price was almost $200 when I could borrow the previous version used last semester for free... used price would have been about $60
 definitely a financial strain.
 priate book for a class.
 llow students.
 not able to buy a book until several weeks or a month into a semester for this reason.

book. i wish textbooks could be issued out for each student or something like High School.
 urchase the textbook. I have since learned more affordable ways such as online renting and online buying. Chegg.com is the best.
 online source.
 if they are really expensive and we are in the same class. Especially if there are more than one required textbooks.
w with low-income families.

e of college course work.
would opt out of purchasing would be the one I needed most.
  n but I knew I had with the fear of not passing.
 ending college and cut out something somewhere else.
  find a way to be able to.
e I will not buy it. If it's too expensive I would just go to class for a period of time without the book and see how baldy do I need the textbook.
n extremely expensive but fortunately I have had enough funds to cover it. However, if I was only getting Pell Grants (FAFSA), I would certain
 extbooks are not a major issue.
 ily "out" in order to make sure I get all of my books.
  ur math teacher made us use to do homework online. I thought it was ridiculous to make us purchase a $100 textbook and a $70 homework
ny besides the campus bookstore because of the high cost. I have found a website that allows renting for the semester and it only costs a fra
ovel book size books, prices are more affordable for the students in the city of San Antonio,TX. The affordability also is a great benefit for stu
  urchase many expensive books because I needed them to aid me in my studies.
have an option to not buy the books. If so, students do not do well on the courses.

 book with then I would definitely take this approach because I hate buying textbooks for myself only but I have been unable to share a book

 bsorb the cost and make the purchase.
 ay so much money to attend school. As a single parent it is very hard to afford these expensive books.

 any cases where I hope that the professor has it on reserve at the library. If Im lucky its on reserve, if not, I'm screwed.
hen six weeks into a course, you still don't have a book? By the time financial aid finally comes it seems ridiculous to pay $150 for a book yo
  made it soo much harder. I decided not to do that again. Now I beg borrow and steal to get my books!
 xtbook because ti costs too much, so I had to purchase it online through an independent seller. One of the books I purchased I had to take b
afford textbooks, so loans are usually taken out just to pay for books.



dent loan money. So, I couldn't afford it and have extra debt because of it. When you factor in the times that happens all through an undergra
dent loan money. So, I couldn't afford it and have extra debt because of it. When you factor in the times that happens all through an undergra
books for my classes, and purchased two used, and I still spent over $700 in costs.
 e cuts in expenses in other areas. The textbooks are VERY expensive!!!!!!!!!!
 o share a text book because we were all single parents who couldn't afford $225 for one book.
 quired book, however, I have had to delay in my purchase from time to time due to the high cost of the books. In this scenario, I usually am a
kes me quite awhilt to pay the entire amoun incurring high interest rates.
 ears because they are too expensive.
 ut have not experienced personally.
 se because I could rent 4-6 books for about $120 total when just one of those would cost that amount and some weren't even used.
e enough money for books.
 graduate program because of my dissatisfaction through the incredible cost incurred during undergraduate for textbooks that I could then no
mester of school. I just use the books online through the library.
  book that was available in the library.
 ption in "required" text books. I have gone into debt to buy a book with money I don't have.
  as $200( per book)
 xtbook because I did not want to waste my money.
 he library... but in truth i simply felt wrong paying so much for a text book
n be up to 160 dollars

hase for the doctoral program thus far are the cheapest of any classes I've ever had to take. I have had to purchase a ton of ink though since
sing a lot during class although it may have helped clear up a couple topics
d sky high fees, sometimes you can not afford textbooks. I borrowed someone's book to read.
t to waste my money by buying them.
cause I have made sure to take out enough loans to cover the costs of my books. The negative aspect of this is the amount of debt that I am

 books this semester because of how (not) often I have used textbooks the past few semesters.
 instead of the hard back book because the of the price difference.

 arents who provided for my education.
k if it is required.
 the university book store because they frequent charge MORE than retail price. I find it more economical to order my textbooks online throug
my schooling and books but it is a little ridicules on top of $25,000 for schooling they have to buy thousands of dollars on books that are pointl

  3 weeks after the first day of school. Many students are tempted or have to buy the books at the TAMIU library because they don't have mon
m going to buy it because I assume that we will utilize it over the course of the semester. However as per the above question many professor
 book for MATH 141 and she said she never needed it. I opted not to buy it because it would save me some $100.
 e right now because they are way too expensive.
orgo buying a textbook because the price is astronomical. However, because I have an autistic daughter who requires a lot of services and m
books this year. The prices of textbooks are getting out of control. I know that one of my friends has not purchased any textbooks this year be
uld if I had to.
d this by speaking with the professor to see if we can use an old edition or if the power point in combination with the internet will serve as a re

her to get through and only hurt me.
too expensive to justify paying for a lot of the time.
t I don't buy a book until a month into class. I always bomb my first test due to a lack of a book.
hink it is a waste of money and have chose not to purchase certain textbooks.
s of dollars? Answer, the seller has a captive market. We are forced to pay.
he book but normally have to nickel and dime it till my next paycheck
 purchase that are less expensive than new textbooks. Examples include renting the textbook, purchasing it used, or obtaining the electronic
e the textbook with a classmate, at times.
ook from a friend, in hopes that it will help me financially by saving money.
ught them at times bc I didn't think it would be used...and I was right.

he books, or bought out dated editions.
 e I have shared a text or winged it through a course.
affordable price on-line, most of the time through international editions.

d enough to require the book in the first place.


 ith a loan, I still had to pay out of my pocket), how do they expect for me to buy a $100 textbook which I will probably get $20 back at the end
 l helps me absorb the information better and I'm willing to make the sacrifice but it does cut deep into my pocket.
  one textbook and we never use them. Those shouldn't be required, should be optional! 3 books already cost 300 dollars. can you imagine h
  one for 60 dollars
 use I need to purchase textbooks.
ave enough money to buy textbooks because my parents are still very willing to help with all this stuff....if that ever were an issue though I mi
out a way to purchase the book.
do without a textbook due to financial hardships and the price of the book. Opportunity cost you might say.

ourse, students can't very well NOT purchase the book. A student's only option is to hope that the textbook is available through the library, o
ince I purchase the copy of the book. I would just prefer using a real textbook instead of an online book. I sit in front of a computer all day a

his year and I just rent them from the library, which can be inconvenient sometimes.
e it was new there were no used editions available. I ended up renting it for $90.


  buy it. Just like I have to pay for my housing, tution and fees, books are part of the cost of college.
h friends because it was too expensive, even though it was a hassle trying to share a book.
ook for financial reasons.
 ipads, etc... This is education people, quit blaming everyone else for your poor money mgmt or incorrect priorities.
ays fortunate enough to have the funds on hand to purchase the required textbooks that I lacked. That said, I did opt out of purchasing quite
als because I fear my grade will drop if I don't.
he material will be used compared to the $150+ price tag, I have opted not to purchase texts books many times.

emester when the book wasn't on course reserve.
oks, I got tired of paying so much that I didn't buy some books from a class that required multiple books.
ks because they would rather not pay for their books. I would rather use google than buy another textbook that I may or may not use.
ases are the way to go. They're much cheaper.

for the textbook because I don't want to get screwed in class. The only times I don't buy it are if I've heard ahead of time from other students
e a test in a class which I did not purchase one of the three required books.
  OMIC CRISIS GOING ON RIGHT NOW I WASNT ABLE TO PURCHASE 2 OF THE BOOKS I NEEDED!!
 to kingsville, i would just easily go to mexico and make copies of the textbook for a much lower cost.


 f I know I can do assignments in the library after class I will sacrafice reading along in class to save money. My parents don't help me pay for
 tbooks even when they are expensive because the teacher says they are "mandatory" but we never use them.
  tbooks are. They are not that much to make! RIDICULOUS!!
  because the book was +/- $200. I could only afford to buy the online resource I would need for the course, which had an ebook on it. The on
 to pay the price if I was not going to use it.
 he book at a price I can afford.
en to spend that much money on books that are not even in my field of study is ridiculous. Most of the basic classes and their books will neve
  because it saved me more than half of what I would have spent at the on campus/off campus bookstore. Books cost too much!
 or but many others pay for books themselves and I just don't know how they do it.
e homework assignments when work takes up a lot of hours. This in turn makes it difficult to find a time in which to meet a classmate and wor
choice if your course requires the book, you have to buy it.
  new it would not be used in class after talking to others who have taken the same class. Not buying the textbook saved me a lot of money.
 easily copied by hand aren't worth spending $80+ on.
made sure I had them even though my first semester of nursing school I spent $1000 on uniforms and books.

ge on your own, especially books that you either have to pay for on the spot or get a short term loan which has to be paid back within a month
 t to buy a book that was rarely used. Didnt really need the book, could have taken notes in class and done good.

  uld rather share or go without then have to buy them since in most class we do not use them
  almost cried at the price for some of the books!
  ped me out when I am short on money. But I have not spent less than $500 per semester on books since my Freshman year. Since I am a b
ents or work extra to be able to afford my books if it comes to having a book or not
uase I can not afford it due to paying for classes and everything else I need to get through college.
 . Some semesters are harder than others.
ent of the school bookstore. I will not purchase 90% of my books at the college due to the better prices sought through internet sources.
my classes EVERY SEMESTER!

  I just go into more debt.
 er I came to TSU because I just could not afford the book and it was for first aide. I ended up never going to the class and making a D for my
 with other students or was able to find some info on the internet.
 ry for classes that i could not afford to buy the textbooks.
 ition that hasnt been paid yet.
ok through the school's store only leads me to finding alternative options online.
  I had to buy them because I could not do the coarse work without the textbook. So I had to not buy other stuff instead.
ould but you have to have the book so there is no choice no matter how much it cost.
ot afford the textbook and had to borrow money from a friend or use a credit card. But my teachers have always been insistent that I could no
ehind in the class, because my teachers require to have the chapters read before class.
bookstore made me mad. They are way cheaper, and I can find used ones.
 ce. I could not afford to get them all at once. I had to buy my books online from other websites and it was half the cost of what text are here
o be on the safe side. However, I have opted to use supplemental materials that I have researched myself to teach myself the material rathe
 ege without textbooks because of how expensive they are. The cost is the reflection of my GPA and the purpose why I am no longer an edu
 s at the library.
   was too expensive. My books costed over 800 dollars this semester for only 12 courses
a book next semester until I know for sure it wll be used. I have wasted a lot of money on books.
  ol I can't affair $500 worth of text books. I would rather have a B than spend $175 on a textbook to get an A
of my management courses because I didn't want to pay for it, and I still did just fine in the class, which kinda makes you wonder why we use
 t buy books because they are too expensive. They are forced to go to the library, borrow from friends, or just do poorly in the class. I didn't re
e books with friends. The extra hundred bucks was too much to spend on my own.
er people's books.
a book if my prof needs it but after i have spent or am looking at spending $800 on books I try to talk to my profs about what books I really do
 extbooks (sometimes 3 versions old) because the new versions were so expensive.

 book, a structures book, a fluid book, a material mechanics book....I'm sorry, but $250 for a book made in 1985 is not a good deal. Neither is
 not an option for my classes.

 se in order to purchase required textbooks.
unts to cover the cost of textbooks.
on because it's always the cheaper option
t even going to buy any books because they are too expensive for me and some of my classes even use them
 ook and a hard copy that had missing chapters in the hard copy.. The e-book was such a hassle accessing it..
 have stopped buying textbooks until after going to class first, because sometimes a professor will tell the bookstores that a book is required,
ether or not we use the book before I buy them. I HAVE to buy the books to pass.

  for fear of them running out.
 books in my class with financial aid money I get from grants, scholarships, and loans.
  ed to see if I will need to buy the books and if I can wait until a later time to purchase books for literatue classes.
  rd it, it hasn't been easy. Spending over $1000 an academic school year on both used and new books is not ideal.
nt for it = $30 versus $300.
based on the content and if it will aid in my ability to succeed in the class not wether or not the instructor requires it. Price is not an issue as I
 ent will split the cost, or I will just not buy the textbook at all, and just try to to my best.
and returned texts. Usually ends unfavourably, but my finances are limited.
 me. I'd like to buy books from my home country and ask my parents to mail them to me.
elp me buy textbooks
elp me buy textbooks
 hrough amazon or ebay or half.com. The textbooks at the MSC are ridiculously expensive and I've consistently saved around 100 per textbo
 y textbook this year. As much as I need a hard copy I can only afford the online version. And that was required anyway.
 e last two semesters because they are way too expensive and the book stores won't buy they back.
 because of money. I view it as a necessary evil.
 ecause I do not want to do poorly in the class!
sive and the prices we well them back at are PATHETIC! The sellback prices are almost a third of the original cost of the textbook.
price tag. It is ridiculous to have to purchase books for certain classes when we don't even use the entire volume. If you want us to purchase
   my courses.
   checked some out from the library, used some of the reserved books in the library, and/or simply not used books for most of my classes so
m online vs. in store to save money.
 st expensive book was a lab manual that cost me about 101 dollars.
  to "waste" money.
  the total was over $200 and I couldn't even afford books for my other classes.
 between putting ourselves in debt over textbooks, or make a lower grade in the class.
 but because I was told the book does not get used. I went through the course fine without the "required" book and still got an A.
 e's textbooks or obtain an electronic copy of the book because it was cheaper.
 re with others or try to find an online version of the book. Not very fun.

 student loans and sometimes I can't afford the books or return them if I know they wint be used, I also have been finding friends in my classe

ace engineering classes cost over $300.00, I could not afford it as my total textbook budget was only $400 for four classes. I had to remove t
Most of the graduate course textbooks are over $150.00 and that means every semester I am to spend over $500.00.
oks, their prohibitive cost being the principle reason.
 le at Evans Library; or borrow a friends; buy an older edition; or forego the text altogether and bank on lectures being enough -- which is ofte
 ks, but I really can't afford to pay such high prices. I would just rather be broke than risk my grade by not having a book.
ook, but I've turned to buying from random people that have taken the course prior.
 ook, though. Only optional.
each semester so I rely heavily in course reserves. Because it requires only two/four hours of check out I must remain in campus, which is dif
 d it but the cost of the book did not outweigh the benefit I would receive from it. I did this when the book was greater than $150

 buy the book- no options.
 save money in the beginning of the school year
rwhelming prices, I have never opted to not buy a book because of its price. However I did work at a textbook store in the area and there hav
 with my roommate.

 uired textbooks.
rded textbooks on my own; fortunately, my scholarships covered the cost.
 that are required, but I have to take out a bigger loan to afford them. I'm paying for college by myself.
 sonally, but I am fortunate enough to have my parent's help when it comes to paying for college. I do have friends that have opted not to buy
use the professor said it was optional or friends told me it wasn't worth getting.
 rough other sources .. Ie library
n iPad instead because of the cost of books and their cheaper to buy than hardcover books.
ough I hate it, usually I'll pay whatever the price is. This isn't something I'll find on sale or clearance. and it's not something that I can haggle w
 y 600 dollars worth of books...I dropped the class; it was taught by a graduate student, not even a full fledged professor

 in courses where we read very little from the textbook, because all textbooks are expensive
e professor required ~$200 a shrinkwrapped version with "supplemental documents" that is used only as reference so
 a book because I would not want that to hold me back from being able to make an A in the course because I did not have the proper materia
 een fortunate enough to buy them!
 had to ask my parents for extra money to afford books. Some classes require you have them by the second day of class too, which is almos
ses. Most of the time I didn't need need them. There were two occasions that I had to end up sharing or buying a book though.
ntil the price dropped.
d like to not pay so much on a book i will use for one semester

oks now so that this is less of a problem.
 m to borrow a textbook from another library so that I don't have to buy the book.
book or buy it through half.com or amazon.com because the bookstore was charging too much for it.
t was severely inconvenient sometimes
s to buy the textbooks no matter what.
oks, even if that means cutting back in other areas. This can mean missing events with my friends because I cannot afford to go.
even if I have to have very little grocery money for awhile to afford them. The cost of books is so high now that it is becoming harder and har
book before because I just didnt want to spend $210. I still made an A in the class, obviously didnt need it.
 We were asked to purchase "The art of public speaking" for the course. BUT i simply found a website that outlines each chapter, has study q

ks now as a grad student
t $8,000 a senester in loans), but I bought it anyway.

em, so if you don't buy the book you risk wasting even more on tuition just to fail the course.
 or me. I decided to wait until after my first round of tests to see whether or not I should buy books. And I'm doing just fine, so far. None of m

 classes because I cannot afford to purchase the book because it is too expensive and there are not enough books in the library to go around
 too expensive because I am afraid I may not use the book or it will sell back for a ridiculously low price.
st choose not to.

 y fellowship.
oks this semester and my grades have suffered for it. It is really hurting me but there is nothing I can do about it because I can't afford them a
oks this semester and my grades have suffered for it. It is really hurting me but there is nothing I can do about it because I can't afford them a
d represent a false commodity.
MSC book store.
nted to not buy a book because of costs, but I still did because I know I need it to have a good GPR.
s, borrowing from friends, and also reading them through course reserves at my university.
 d to do my work?...
0 for a disgustingly juvenile biology textbook for one summer course

 le compared to what I pay for my education. It hardly even compares to what I pay each month for my phone bill. The textbooks last a lot lon
arily an issue in my family but I know there are plenty of people out there that are way too smart for their own good but they can't even affort t
nd up needing it. Fortunately my parents help out with book prices, but if often goes over $500 a semester, and I'm lucky if I get $100 of that b
ook. The latest edition is too expensive



 ok since my sophomore year of college. I refuse.
 l-fluids book because it did not contain new material that I had not had in my Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and Thermodynamics courses
  dont fuck around
d textbooks but I have many close friends who constantly have problems with this.
e in the class, simply because the bookstores are greedy Bi*#*&s
 my classmates because it was too expensive to purchase a used book. It is difficult when you have to pay for tuition and books.
es or shared books/ swapped books with a friend.

e the assigned material.
e the assigned material.
 professor forgot to get the library to reserve a copy. It was checked out all semester.


y courses because of a newer edition and I pay almost more than $100 PER BOOK!!
h i often use because it's free, despite the inconvenience.
  Any other book that is as heavy, thick as the textbook is much cheapter.
u will fail the course.
ook required that I couldn't afford, but I have opted not to purchase due to the likliness that it would not be used.

 t afford several books this semester. However, my mother generously offered to purchase my books rather than me going without.

ok, I usually used a credit card to purchase the book. The problem is I am paying interest on the purchase.
 bly high. Some math books are close to three hundred dollars! We only use them for one semester and sell them back for eighty dollars back
 a good chance that I won't use a textbook for a class, I buy it anyway for the off-chance that I'll have a professor that requires its use.
er student is difficult, but not uncommon due to the cost of the book. Also, I have had to borrow professor's older editions or check out the boo
 were the books that I needed the most. Since they were very expensive I opt to buy cheaper ones that I never really used. It just sucks!
 urden upon other students and myself, but I always buy a book if it is necessary for the course, regardless of the price. However, there have
 uldn't buy it..because it was just for a summer semester.

oks for classes where the book doesn't get used much. Also, sometimes you can find books that are at least very similar at the library.
  textbooks that are required for my classes but it uses a lot of my financial aid. During the middle of the semester most of the time I realize th
uals, which are expensive too.
 (about a week before the test) to buy the book because I couldn't afford it until then.

 s recommendation, depending on cost and how often we would use the book, but I typically buy all texts, and keep them.
ere expensive so I chose to go to class nd take notes only
 elp me with school and would have a heart attack if I didn't buy my books.
 aid I wont use it, I don't purchase it. Sometime at the expense of my grade in the class.
 extbook. Even if it is used on a test, it is only a question or two.
 ions because the price is so much cheaper
 r edition, which throws pages off.
 eshman year. I try to wait 2-3 weeks to see if we are actually going to use a book or not then after that period of time I either buy or not.
 wo semesters because I can not afford to. I pay for my own gas, rent, utilities, food, and all other things a person needs to live on (soap, clea
my books because my parents have helped out but I would not be able to with out them.
more than offset by keeping fees stable.
 a scam. A university as large as Texas A&M should be able to use it's purchasing power to receive a significant discount, and then hand this
 ans to pay for books that are extremely expensive.The worst part is when the book goes to waste. I'm having to pay for these books in the fu
 ans to pay for books that are extremely expensive.The worst part is when the book goes to waste. I'm having to pay for these books in the fu
 ore, they're two to four times more expensive as amazon
y heavily on the textbook, then I don't purchase it, because I'm VERY tight on money ALL of the time!
mazon.com used because the are substantially cheaper. Sometimes they are still expensive though.
 ooks so it was not a huge financial burden, but there's no point in paying for books I'm not going to use and can't sell back for a decent price.
  a book with a classmate, make copies of chapter , or not use a book at all

 oks (i do prefer to own the book myself though!!!)
 exactly, I can just think of a lot of other things I could do with the money on tight budget I have.
  textbook because I could not afford it. Still got an A in the course.

ask friends ahead of each semester which book is absolutely neccesary so I can save up for those. Currently I do not have books "required"
  books without going into debt only because I've had previous (summertime) income. One semester nearly had 1000 U.S. dollars worth of te
n't afford it but because i knew it would be a waste of money.
  80 used. Seriously!?
east one class every semester.
 is question because I have never been in this situation. There should be a choice for "not applicable" because this is not applicable to me.
ks as possible as I can. Only when the book can be referred in my future study or work, I buy one.
 buying textbooks or paying rent, I will choose rent every time. My text books this semester cost me the same as two months worth of rent.
whether the book will actually be needed or not.
ell it back, they don't cost that much. Sometimes I get a bad teacher that doesn't use the same book so the next semester I am stuck with a 1
 and later lend it to my friends, share a book with someone else or prefer not to buy any book at all.
 er came down to it, which it could very easily, i guess i would have to go without.

 ds a way to make the textbook obtainable for me. My Father believes very strongly that education is the greatest tool in the world and will go
  ed to not because I didn't want to add the extra financial burden on my parents.

 r every class the hundreds of dollars begin to add up. Many scholarships only cover a fraction of the cost of schooling and books are left up t
ooks on my own and it is often so discouraging to find that after paying thousands in tuition I am required to pay another $800 per semester fo
 o so in the future.
nd it serves the purpose I need although it's annoying to have to wait for the computer to load before I turn the page, and not be able to "book

o purchase from rather than purchase it from the university bookstore.
book for free, and I could not afford a Materials Sciences book so I try to check out the library's one copy whenever it is available. It is seldom
m other online resources
d to borrow books from libraries and avoid buying them because the cost of purchasing textbooks is so large.
 especially at the MSC bookstore.
 rd it because I needed it for the class. Even if that meant begging the parents for more money, or having to save money elsewhere. You usu
 ok is really important and I'll make a friend in the class that has it and use it that way.
 ey make us buy anyway.
 receive assistance from my parents when I buy my textbooks every semester but I have numerous friends who do not have this luxury. A $10
r classes are $200.
t were the book cost more than the course.
ess they are for my classes that are major related

ey to cover the price of books, I would most likely agree with this statement.
ooks for one semester, the next semester I didn't by books for all my courses because I just can not afford that.
 extbook (Biology) because I could borrow it from a friend, and the version sold in bookstores was the binder version - which I hate. If the boo
or without textbooks which is a hard choice i am having to deal with right now.
  and I have opted to borrow books from students whom have previously taken the courses to save money.Rented books and borrow books m
 veral times and was left to look for other sources for cheaper prices. The next best thing is to buy online at Amazon or rent locally from Neeb
 ks are usually cheap as a philosophy major but I typically have to buy a few more books in the middle of the semester that I couldn't afford in

n not be purchased because the cost is so high
xtbooks are always expensive. I'm also putting myself through college, and I can't always afford to pay for 500-600 dollars worth of textbooks

ons at cheaper prices.

 buy one book out of the four books that I needed, because I couldn't afford to buy the other ones and I had to choose which one I thought I w
s, just not at the beginning of the semester.
en out, otherwise this would probably apply to me.
ars for a book that is used for 3 months and most of the time not even fully gone through in class or when sold back only getting a VERY sma
have an infinite supply of money. I'm already taking out loans for college, I don't appreciate the idea that students will be able and willing to p
 lly cannot be taken without the textbook. When I have opted not to purchase a textbook, it hasn't been because I couldn't afford it, but rather
 done it a few times. It makes me worried throughout the semester about my grades simply because I'm poor.

 KS ARE OUTLANDISH I HAVE HAD TO GOT THROUGH A COURSE WITH OUT BECAUSE I DIDN'T NOT HAVE THE FUNDS AND I WAS
all of my school and can afford to buy all of my books. While they can, I'm also not one to waste money on things I wont use, so I have gotten
s as i would have liked but i just couldn't afford the book.

ay be for me to have the textbook, so despite the cost, I buy it anyway.
om campus at all if I can find them online.
with someone and also find other cheaper sources to buy the textbook as well.
 and just cant afford textbooks. Rent, food, utilities, etc take priority.
 and I feel lost.

 text that are required for my grad classes are needed for future reference in other classes to reflect bak on, I can't do that because of renting


e because I don't have money. I get paid bi-weekly, so I wait two weeks for the first set of books I think I will need, and then another two week




at a reasonable (or any) price. It typically comes down to a decision of which textbooks to buy since I can not afford them all and I, of course,
d to buy older editions at a resale book store for a fraction of the cost, in order to keep up with the work in my class. (Desperate needs cause

lf, other times I just have to borrow from family and pay them back as I can.
d be allowed, nor excuses by students.




 ooks. However, if I am ever in a situation like this, I would not buy a textbook if I could not afford it.




st of books attached.
 he course, or having to take out a textbook loan at a later date.
 or a few weeks.

 . I had a class that required a few small books, that were only about $20 each, and I bought the first and we used it once, so I didn't bother w
dent loans to buy them.
 wn, married, and have a full-time job.
 d extra 1000-1500 in book fees. Especially when you get a third of the price you paid for a brand new book.......why cant we just rent the boo

 going to get the old edition. I have done this on most classes, and I've never had a problem with the course over it. I maintain a 3.74 GPA w



 s) are typically $200 to $300.


 essential and so I try to have them as needed.




xtbooks from them saying I don't need as many as i really do becuase im sick of the prices they have to pay.


ck of funds for books.




me or go further into debt.
 not having it was the greater of the two evils. I sold one of my kidneys during junior year to buy books.


ook from the bookstore or from an site that still have the price of the book really high. I usually result to renting my books at time.


cher worked with me.
hing from a book.
 fford the high costs of the bookstore.

l aid outside of loans.

 use it or not.




ule when to take courses as to pass them on to each other or take the same classes with other students.
at I'm attending.

d course grade.



book from the internet. The cost is significantly less, I often save more than 50% off of the school's used book pricing if I order one from the w
ent from the "new" book and was A LOT cheaper!




ompletely without a Spanish book because it is so expensive and I just simply cannot afford to spend 100 dollars on it.



e textbook company because a lot of other people do that do. On campus bookstores are extremely expensive and they hardly ever sell use


 helped me get by in class.
ol bookstore did not wanted to rent me the book that am only going to use it this semester, and am not currently working.
ements, I find some way to purchase the book.



s is more economical for us students than to have to individually purchase $200 textbooks that will not be bought back!



ver priced textbooks only to use them a grand total of twice.
my books. Needless to say, I still do not have the text book because my refund check was not enough to cover it and my rent until next Sprin
ookstore demand.

a way to manage without a textbook due to prices.



e they are towards learning.

en I waited several weeks after the semester started to purchase a textbook.

essary has made me gunshy.

iculous cost of buying books that I can't get even half of my original cost for when selling them back to the university. What a monopoly!



ublished overseas for cheap. Example: had a text for an accounting course this semester that cost $287 new from bookstore and I bought the




y it, and after seeing it was not needed I felt a lot better.


 my grade has suffered because of it.




ok for lack of funds.



tirely) and another book that the school had me buy and that have served me well.




as finished. Both books that I needed cost over $100 and our bookstore would have only paid at least half the cost of the book back so instea

 share it throughout the course.

s the cover picture. Exact examples, exact page number, exact information.This extremely bothered me. The new edition was over $75.00 a
cuts the costs and your not stuck with the book.
ne for one class were approximately $250.00.
another 500.00 on books. I simply cant afford it. So I don't have 2 books for 2 classes that I needed.




me thing at my public library? D



ortunate.Also, universities have it so that you can purchase textbooks with your financial aid before receiving the money for your refunds. Wh


 of the cost of textbooks.


d up buying used book of past editions that have similar content.




d, I feel the need to own it to have the opportunity to achieve in class.
st to afford the one book that i actually needed but it happens to be the most expensive book!
price would have been about $60




ing. Chegg.com is the best.




e how baldy do I need the textbook.
 Pell Grants (FAFSA), I would certainly not be able to afford my textbooks.


$100 textbook and a $70 homework code when we could just get worksheets. I made a C in the class because that online homework was 20
 r the semester and it only costs a fraction of the other.
rdability also is a great benefit for students who are from different parts of San Antonio and the surrounding areas like Atascosa County, Pote



I have been unable to share a book with someone else.
 t, I'm screwed.
s ridiculous to pay $150 for a book you will use for less than half of the course.

he books I purchased I had to take back because it was international edition. That semester I had four classes and if I were to buy the books




hat happens all through an undergraduate degree and now a masters degree it seems excedingly wasteful. Most of the time the professor w
hat happens all through an undergraduate degree and now a masters degree it seems excedingly wasteful. Most of the time the professor w



ooks. In this scenario, I usually am able to get the book from Amazon or other online sources which are typically a MINIMUM of 2/3's the co



nd some weren't even used.

 ate for textbooks that I could then not re-sell.




o purchase a ton of ink though since a lot of the material is on the computer.



of this is the amount of debt that I am in.




l to order my textbooks online through amazon.com, bn.com, or half.com.
ds of dollars on books that are pointless.

 library because they don't have money like the majority of us. I'd rather borrow someone else's book for 3 weeks then when I get my money
 the above question many professors require texts but do not use them a single time.


r who requires a lot of services and medication it has been a choice I have had to make several times since being in school.
purchased any textbooks this year because she can't afford them. It puts you behind and you're constantly trying to catch up.
on with the internet will serve as a replacement for the textbook




ng it used, or obtaining the electronic version of the book.




will probably get $20 back at the end of the semester?

 cost 300 dollars. can you imagine how much do we pay for additional books? lame.


f that ever were an issue though I might buy the book and then see which teachers are actually going to use the books and return the ones fo



ook is available through the library, or that the professor is very understanding and is willing to loan a copy.
 . I sit in front of a computer all day and i don't need to be on a computer in the evenings.




aid, I did opt out of purchasing quite a few of the optional textbooks, and there were several classes where I opted not to purchase newer ver




ok that I may or may not use.


ard ahead of time from other students that it won't be used.
ey. My parents don't help me pay for school, rent or bills. I'm on my own and having to pay $600 a semester is too much on top of my tuition


se, which had an ebook on it. The online component was a little over 100 bucks.


asic classes and their books will never be needed again.
. Books cost too much!

n which to meet a classmate and work on said work.

textbook saved me a lot of money.



ch has to be paid back within a month. Not only is hard to pay for textbooks that you aren't sure you will absolutely need, so I would wait until




e my Freshman year. Since I am a business major, all my books are $150 plus, even if it is used.



ought through internet sources.



g to the class and making a D for my final grade.




r stuff instead.

 always been insistent that I could not pass the course with the required textbook.


as half the cost of what text are here on campus.
elf to teach myself the material rather than wade through the pages of a newer text that I felt was useless.
 purpose why I am no longer an education major.




 inda makes you wonder why we use textbooks in the first place.
  just do poorly in the class. I didn't realize the university system had become such a money-grubbing institution.
my profs about what books I really do need


 in 1985 is not a good deal. Neither is the $425 a book course for "Custom Engineering Classes" here.




 e bookstores that a book is required, but say in class that it is not. Also I cannot afford the costs of all my books so I have had to pick and ch




 requires it. Price is not an issue as I am supported financially through salary.




 istently saved around 100 per textbook.
 quired anyway.



 ginal cost of the textbook.
e volume. If you want us to purchase certain books, such as lab manuals for Texas A&M University, make sure to not put in extra information

sed books for most of my classes so far.




 book and still got an A.



 ave been finding friends in my classes and we'll split the cost of a book and share the book

00 for four classes. I had to remove the shrink wrapping to use the book in the first week of class for a homework assignment. This was the


ectures being enough -- which is often fine.
t having a book.


 must remain in campus, which is difficult for me to do in first place. I do feel this has a negative effect on my grades.
 was greater than $150



tbook store in the area and there have been plenty of people who went without.




ve friends that have opted not to buy textbooks, though. And I almost didn't buy my nearly-TWO HUNDRED DOLLAR math book on principle



 it's not something that I can haggle with someone for a lower price. The prices are already set. It's not the cashiers fault. It just makes me so
edged professor


s reference so
use I did not have the proper material, and if I really could not afford the book then I would make sure that the library had it on reserve.

ond day of class too, which is almost right after tuition is paid...just a s.lot of money within a few day
buying a book though.




use I cannot afford to go.
ow that it is becoming harder and harder to do that.

 at outlines each chapter, has study questions, provides study note cards, and gives summaries of each individual chapter! AND ITS FREE!!




 I'm doing just fine, so far. None of my profs have even so much as referenced the textbook(s) thus far.

ugh books in the library to go around for the students.




about it because I can't afford them and the library doesn't carry them. I'm failing a class because I couldn't afford the book. I'm doing the bes
about it because I can't afford them and the library doesn't carry them. I'm failing a class because I couldn't afford the book. I'm doing the bes




hone bill. The textbooks last a lot longer than a month of cell phone service.
own good but they can't even affort to buy the expensive textbooks for their classes. It is a huge burden put on people to know they can't affo
er, and I'm lucky if I get $100 of that back.




nsfer, and Thermodynamics courses (all three of those are prerequisites for Thermal-Fluids)



pay for tuition and books.




her than me going without.


 sell them back for eighty dollars back. Not even half of what we give. Sometimes it doesn't feel worth buying the books.
rofessor that requires its use.
 's older editions or check out the book at the library (which is also inconvenient because you can only check the text out for 2 hours at a time
  never really used. It just sucks!
ss of the price. However, there have been times where I have opted to buy books online for substantially cheaper and go the first couple wee


east very similar at the library.
semester most of the time I realize that I didn't even really have to use the book that was per say "required" by the professor. I believe if a pro



, and keep them.
eriod of time I either buy or not.
a person needs to live on (soap, cleaning supplies, paper towles, etc...). Books are so expensive in comparison and a lot of times I don't eve


gnificant discount, and then hand this down to the students. If it did this, more people might purchase textbooks through the MSC Bookstore
aving to pay for these books in the future because they're overpriced now and not even going to use.
aving to pay for these books in the future because they're overpriced now and not even going to use.



 nd can't sell back for a decent price.




 rently I do not have books "required" for three of my classes.
arly had 1000 U.S. dollars worth of textbooks (actual value was between 900 and 1000 U.S. dollars). It makes a person wonder "Do I scrape



cause this is not applicable to me.

same as two months worth of rent.

he next semester I am stuck with a 130 dollar book, but hey, most of the time I don't.



greatest tool in the world and will go to any lengths necessary to ensure I get a quality education. My family is very set on my Education at T


st of schooling and books are left up to the student to purchase out of pocket. If you do not come back to school having saved a good amount
  to pay another $800 per semester for textbooks. I don't enjoying wasting money on textbooks and I'm not exactly in an ideal financial situati

rn the page, and not be able to "book mark" pages for reference


 whenever it is available. It is seldom available.



 to save money elsewhere. You usually have to have a textbook no matter what.


ds who do not have this luxury. A $100 or more for a textbook that may only be used sparingly if at all is absolutely outrageous.
nder version - which I hate. If the book had been sold in hardback format in stores at a reasonable price, I would have preferred to buy it.

ey.Rented books and borrow books must be returned, but sometimes I want to keep the book for future reference. I would have purchased th
e at Amazon or rent locally from Neebo based stores such as Traditions and Loupots.
f the semester that I couldn't afford in the beginning of the semester.


or 500-600 dollars worth of textbooks



ad to choose which one I thought I would be needing the most.


n sold back only getting a VERY small fraction of what one paid for it.
t students will be able and willing to pay anything the university throws at them.
ecause I couldn't afford it, but rather because the textbook was non-essential for the class.


NOT HAVE THE FUNDS AND I WAS TOLD THAT I WOULD FAIL DUE TO THE FACT THAT I DID NOT HAVE THE BOOK.
n things I wont use, so I have gotten to the point where I only buy the ones I know I'll use. This semester, I've only purchased one book.
 on, I can't do that because of renting the books. a book that cost 150.00 in the bookstore cost 60.00 to rent, what would you do as a single u


will need, and then another two weeks for the other set. So, you can imagine how my grades can suffer because of this. Financial aid doesn't




n not afford them all and I, of course, have to choose the books that will help me in my field.
n my class. (Desperate needs cause for desperate actions.)




 we used it once, so I didn't bother with the others and we never used them anyway.


ook.......why cant we just rent the books for say 25 to 50.00 a semester and then turn them all back in.......

urse over it. I maintain a 3.74 GPA with last year's texts.
enting my books at time.




 book pricing if I order one from the web.




00 dollars on it.



pensive and they hardly ever sell used books. I try the off campus one or Amazon before I try the on campus bookstore.



urrently working.




e bought back!
o cover it and my rent until next Spring despite being given a smaller amount in return than I was told.




he university. What a monopoly!



 new from bookstore and I bought the international edition for $78 and it shipped from somewhere in Europe.




alf the cost of the book back so instead I opted to rent the books from chegg and only spent $56 total.



. The new edition was over $75.00 and the older edition with absolutely no changes was less than $10.00.
iving the money for your refunds. While it's a convenience, it's also a trap! Because you don't have the money on hand and you have like $20




ecause that online homework was 20% of the grade and I couldn't do any of it because I couldn't afford the code.

ing areas like Atascosa County, Poteet TX, to name a few.The greater competitive advantage Texas A&M University San Antonio has, the g
lasses and if I were to buy the books at the bookstore it was going to cost me roughly around $700. This is too much money for textbooks, es




eful. Most of the time the professor will have you read one or two chapters so it SEEMS like we needed the book. A presentation would have
eful. Most of the time the professor will have you read one or two chapters so it SEEMS like we needed the book. A presentation would have



 typically a MINIMUM of 2/3's the cost of the same book from the campus bookstore.




r 3 weeks then when I get my money I but them online way cheaper and save in total from $200 to $400.



nce being in school.
tly trying to catch up.
use the books and return the ones for a full refund that aren't going to use them.




ere I opted not to purchase newer versions of the textbook since I had purchased an earlier version for a previous class.
ester is too much on top of my tuition.




absolutely need, so I would wait until the first day of class to make sure I need the book. By then, the bookstores are all sold out of the books
y books so I have had to pick and choose which I think at the time I will need the most, and hope I don't end up needing the others.




e sure to not put in extra information that is useless and won't be used at all for the entire semester! It is extra money to you and to us!




omework assignment. This was the only time I used the textbook in my entire college career, I haven't opened it since that first homework as
n my grades.




RED DOLLAR math book on principle alone. Almost two hundred bucks for ONE book is completely ludicrous.



he cashiers fault. It just makes me so angry




at the library had it on reserve.




 individual chapter! AND ITS FREE!!!!




n't afford the book. I'm doing the best I can but it is very hard.
n't afford the book. I'm doing the best I can but it is very hard.




put on people to know they can't afford what they need to succeed in school.




ying the books.

heck the text out for 2 hours at a time).

y cheaper and go the first couple weeks of a course without a book while I waited for the book to be delivered.



ed" by the professor. I believe if a professors tests are about what they lecture there is no reason to buy the textbook but when I see the word
mparison and a lot of times I don't even need the books. My biggest issue is that I have a lot of Literature classes that require a certain novel a


 xtbooks through the MSC Bookstore, rather than purchasing somewhere else where the prices are ALWAYS lower. By not doing this, A&M




makes a person wonder "Do I scrape by in a class which costs hundreds of dollars to take by not buying the textbook or do I sacrifice eating a




mily is very set on my Education at TAMU, since they both graduated in '78.


 school having saved a good amount of money, affording books is very difficult.
 ot exactly in an ideal financial situation to do so. I have to work extremely hard to figure out how to pay for my textbooks that are necessary f




 absolutely outrageous.
 I would have preferred to buy it.

eference. I would have purchased the textbooks if it were at a lower cost.




T HAVE THE BOOK.
r, I've only purchased one book.
ent, what would you do as a single unemployed mother?


because of this. Financial aid doesn't really help either. And I can't keep asking my parents for money. These are hard times and book prices
mpus bookstore.
money on hand and you have like $2000-$3000 or so for loans, you don't feel the hurt until refunds are deposited into your account and you're




 M University San Antonio has, the greater word of mouth exposure the school will get. Then the enrollment will start soaring past expected n
is too much money for textbooks, especially since some of the books I was going to use only one time and I am not going to be able to get t




he book. A presentation would have given us the information just as well.
he book. A presentation would have given us the information just as well.
previous class.
okstores are all sold out of the books I need, and by the time they finally come in I am either broke or midterms have past.
end up needing the others.




extra money to you and to us!




pened it since that first homework assignment. It could then not be returned because the shrink wrap was removed. I refused to sell the boo
the textbook but when I see the word "required" I always end up purchasing it.
 classes that require a certain novel and I usually can't find them/the library will only have a few editions that all get checked out before I have


WAYS lower. By not doing this, A&M is causing a disgrace to it's students.




 he textbook or do I sacrifice eating and living quality and buy the darn thing?"




 or my textbooks that are necessary for succeeding in the classroom.
hese are hard times and book prices just seem to keep rising.
eposited into your account and you're left with nothing at all when you really needed it.




ent will start soaring past expected numbers because of our great distinct advantages as a public university in San Antonio,TX.
and I am not going to be able to get the same or a good enough return when I sell the books.
dterms have past.
as removed. I refused to sell the book back as all I could get for it was $5.
that all get checked out before I have an opportunity. If the library offered more of these novels it wouldn't be an issue. Instead I have to rely
rsity in San Antonio,TX.
n't be an issue. Instead I have to rely on the resources of the internet world to provide some online rendition of the book. There are a few web
ion of the book. There are a few websites that have the entire book typed up and I'll read that instead of spend money on a book. It's not des
spend money on a book. It's not desirable but when money is an issue you do what you have to do.
CSAB Textbook Survey Fall 2010

I have talked to a professor about the cost of the textbooks required for the course.

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Strongly Agree                                                 15.2%             1005
Agree                                                          23.9%             1574
Neutral                                                        22.4%             1477
Disagree                                                       26.9%             1773
Strongly Disagree                                              11.6%              767
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                                                          The professor didn't even know how much the book cost.
                                                          If that's an issue a student should check them out, rent them, or purc
                                                          In one or two courses I have complained about the cost of the textbo
                                                          The professor didn't believe how much his book cost students
                                                          The professors are aware of the cost of textbooks. To raiswe this poi
                                                          No. The costs have been fairly standard for textbooks so I never felt
                                                          This has been brought up numerous times and it seems like if there i
                                                          Sometimes professors are understanding when students use alterna
                                                          I usually e-mail the professor 2 weeks before the first class to ensure
                                                          They think its stupid also
                                                          Some care some don't give a damn.
                                                          They usually tell us to go online and purchase them.
                                                          They will sometimes put a their textbook on reserve at the library and
                                                          They don't care
                                                          I ask every semester usually a about a month before just so I can do
                                                          Nothing they can do
                                                          However, the teachers said that this was the only textbook they could
                                                          They are on the same boat as students. The textbook from the differe
                                                          Most professors think the cost of the textbooks are outragious.
                                                          Mr. Hickman!!!!
                                                          And two teacher posted them up online...
                                                          Just today, my class discussed this issue.
                                                          It's not the professors fault. His concern should be for academic only
                                                          After my classes had begun, I was informed that I needed to purchas
                                                          Professors make themselves seem unavailable for concerns of this t
                                                          I was afraid it would give the professor the impression I didn't care ab
                                                          If a textbook were over $150, I would speak to the professor. I choos
                                                          I have never spoke to a professor about the price if books.
                                                          They have suggested sites that are cheaper.
                                                          Every semester I email my professor's before the start of classes ask
                                                          Yes, I have spoken to several of my professors about the costs of tex
I've found several of them don't care.
Some professors say that they are not incharge of choiceing the boo
Most are willing to talk with you and try to compromise if purchasing
I had a professor who switched to a different book that presented the
If I have to buy it, then I better use it.
all they say is they can't help the cost
most professors agree the price of textbooks are outrageous
Some professors talk to us about it and how reduculous they think th
Yes, I have every semester. Most agree textbooks are really too pric
I have never thought that that would make any difference when many
They wouldn't listen or care. I'm sure they can find out the cost of the
even though he could not change the price he understood and i could
The cost of books is always a discussion at the beginning of a class.
Why bother. They don't care what the student spends. It is not there
The particular professor didn't care. He didn't even read the book. Th
I have asked the professors if the book can be read on line or if i cou
I talked to other students about high cost of texts
Most professors seem to understand the situations students are face
Professors agree they are outrageously priced as well.
She was very understanding and said we could partner up on books
If you take the class, you have to have the books. The teacher can't d
Doesn't seem to help much to talk. So I just take the hit. The profes
I have and I was basically told to suck it up and deal with it because
Unfortunate, though I've spoken with them, it is what it is and you mu
I do not figure that it would make any difference, so I have not tried.
No comment
I haven't yet, but it almost came to that. Thankfully arrangements we
Theres not anything they can do.
I always ask if older editions are sufficient enough for the class. If the
Some teachers try to suggest online places to buy, but it's just the pr
yes, as a whole class we have commented on the price of books
Many of my professors have begun to use supplemental websites ins
What good would that do?
They simply said there was nothing they could do about it. I happen t
The professors are aware of the costs to students and try to choose m
It is a topic that comes up in just about every class on the first day of
I have not discussed it with the professor, but I really should. The bo
A lot of my professors have understood and have really tried to not re
My major class instructors always advise purchasing texts second ha
the professor brought up the fact that the price of the books were too
They always said "The Department" makes the decision on what boo
I do not feel the professor in some cases truly has a say over what te
I will say this - one of my professors will in all of her classes does no
they told me to find someone in the class that has it and see if i can b
Yes and put it on their course review
THey cost alot for some classes and then the first day of class they t
I looked online for it.
They can't help it. Alway's the answer.
none
I believe that most professors know the cost of the textbooks and hop
He just said, "Wow! They are expensive." I am very disappointed tha
Haven't but need to do so.
My professors have not required any textbooks or material for the sp
they say there is nothing to do nut buy the book. we need to invest in
I've never bothered to talk to the professor since it's doubtful the prof
There's nothing they can do, and they believe they can use whatever
They say that it was not up to them but to the dean.
Others in my classes have complined about text book prices, fortuna
Before the semester starts I usually ask the prof if I can use the lowe
Professors typically say they have no say over texts used. I do not un
My professor for introduction to proofs was shocked by the cost of th
Professors they have nothing to do with expensiveness of the books
I have talked to a professor about revcieving books late for class bec
The professor says that if I'm spending so much money in tuition I m
Professors are aware that textbooks are god-awful expensive.
ALL my professors say that the books are priced higher than they su
I've had professors mention it to us rather apologetically.
Thats embarrassing, I chose to just not buy it.
I have professors that encourrage students to purchase textbooks on
On the first day when the professor is talking about the textbook for t
Maybe in passing. This semester, my professor was appalled that I h
Professor stated there was nothing they could do about it.
I feel like I'm responsible for the costs of books due to the fact I chos
Inquired why we were using a textbook of associate professor at univ
The Professors always agree that the cost is ridiculous.
I have talked to many people regarding the cost of books.
Most teachers here agree that textbooks are to expensive and try to
The professor was not aware of the cost that was charged for the tex
They don't care about the price.
It usually goes hand-in-hand that professors who are inconsiderate e
Even professors suggest pruchasing books cheaper online (unless o
It was mentioned overall in class by several students.
What good would it do? They request the books that they think you n
It became - a long time ago - that professors really didn't have a say
For my field our professors tend to use older books if they feel like th
I did not speak to a professor about the cost of textbook, but I did com
Some were unaware of the book costs and some said that the books
Several of my professors have given alternate textbook options beca
Once or twice I have said something to the teachers but they don't re
Who have not?
I didn't know you could.
nope haven't really done that.
I talked to one of my english teachers and she said i will need both b
I assumed there was nothing they could do about the cost.
professors agree it's incredibly expensive to buy books
We have a wonderful E-book program at the university that enables u
They encourage me to buy my textbooks offline since the price is usu
They said they dont make the prices
I don't believe the professors have any say on the price we pay for bo
One time I talked to a professor; he offered to loan me his older addi
I have not but the professor themselves will mention how expensive
My personal income tax accounting book was the most expensive so
I have spoken with some of my instructors about the cost and some s
I do not talk to professors about this. If the book is extremely expens
I have not done this.
Many professors have made their own textbooks and sold them at a
Many professors pass the blame on others. No one has ever admitte
I have actually asked professors to lend me any extra's they may hav
I wouldn't insult a teacher for the book the teacher picked out. I buy
It's usually not their fault.
On a regular basis
Sometimes you hvae professors who feel for you, and work with you
He didnt care
Their position seems to be it is just the cost of doing business. They
she didnt care...just said I needed to deal with it
I was told "Sorry" but that I needed it. We used the book three times.
I was told "Sorry" but that I needed it. We used the book three times.
They dont care
I have even suggested that the text book be available in the library fo
Occasionally a professor would cut some slack, but with some other
The professor's either are sympathtic but unbending of the students'
This has been an issue for years but the ebook does not appear to b
I have never talked to a professor about the cost of a book; this woul
i haven't
I talked, they listened...didnt change much
They get theirs free; why should they care about the cost to us.
But one said it wasnt his fault,,,so what else can you do?
I have had professors in the past who understand that books are exp
Many professors do not care about anything other than getting their p
They dont appear all that concerned...many recognize this as the cos
But they respond, it is a must or it is in the library, while there is one
Too scared it would impact my grade.
Unfortunately, the prof doesn't have much say after he assigns a text
Many of my teachers try to use older editions or tell us its okay to use
And having to pay different fees for clickers and online homework the
Said that's what was chosen and that it is timeconsuming to put on li
MGMT 409. Professor brought in the publisher to discuss the cost. H
The cost of books can be easily found online.
My professor understood that the price of textbooks were high, and t
Most professor already know the cost of books and do not need to be
Professors know and even say sorry when their text books are expen
One book was $260 (Summer Course) and it was only good for one s
There has been discussions but, is it really the professors fault? I do
They arent paying for it so they aren't really concerned.
Although not all books are expensive, but the ones you wish to buy, l
They have told me I need the book to the do the homework if I really
I think the professors are starting to understand the rising costs in bo
All professors aren't understanding that you can't afford the book; ev
Although I have spoke to a professor(s), they cant help, because it is
math courses
Some professors say that its alright to purchase an old edition, althou
Yes, but what good does that do now that I have spent thousands in
He didn't care because he "needed" it for the course but it turned out
Some professors are unaware of the cost. Simply letting them know
Most professors do not want to listen our excuses.
Not the professors fault that the university charges the students so m
the online books I haven't used since I purchase the copy of the book
They really don't care and say I must have it.
They don't set the prices, what's the point in talking to the professor?
They don't seem to care. They know how much the textbook will cos
I trust that my professor makes the right choices for books.
More so about the "opportunity cost", e.g. the amt. of time and effort
It seems like professors get kickbacks from the companies so I don't
Professors who write their own books (such as in my Business cours
I trust that my prof's are using the best material for their courses. Yo
I've asked if I had to purchase newer versions of the textbook when I
It's not under the professor's control most times.
Can the professors really do anything about that? I didn't think that th
The professors usually know how much they cost and try to work wit
This does nothing.
I get the feeling most professors don't care, because it's not their pro
The price isn't the professors fault.
They suggest to buy used books but are still very expensive.
They usually do not care, if they ask you to purchase the book then y
I haven't but when I was an instructor for a course it was an issue the
Again, I am a financial aid student so I generally have resources ava
One time we brought it up in class but nothing was ever done.
Everyone always gets the answer back: "It's required"...sometimes w
I should some textbooks cost well over 100 dollars. We are already s
A professor who wrote his own book for the course had a discussion
I have only asked if I really need a book.
Many professors even agree that books are very expensive. Which is
Have not talked but considered discussing it, especially since the res
The cost of some of the text books that I have been required to buy h
I talk to other students who have taken the class previously.
My professors understand that the textbooks are over priced.
No because I do not want to complain or make my professor have a
All of the professors I have had even complain about the cost of textb
Why bother? The professor can't change the cost of the book for me.
I have never needed to talk to my profs about this. Most Aggie Profs
Prices are getting ridiculous and then when we go to sell them back
Most of them would agree that text book are to high!
It has been brought up in conversation before. Usually when student
My teachers have told me on book prices "that sucks, my books were
For my particular classes, the professors have become more concer
They say they pick the cheapest one
Why should they care? Apparently they don't.
No text costs with professors.
We always talk about it, yet nothing changes. Some professors are d
That is always my first question: "So how much does this book cost?
some professor give us the option not to buy.
Very few seem to care about the cost. There are a few who will wait
They always mention how they work with other professors to pick the
I try and order the older editions because they are considerable chea
I've talked to professors about it but there is nothing that they can do
Many professors are provided materials for classes verses having to
Most teachers don't care becaus it's out of their control.
I have spoken about that lack of quality in textbook writing, excessive
I have checked with several professors in the past about using old ed
Alot of professors will talk about the cost of a textbook but they have
They all know how expensive they are.
they were not able to help me
They say there is nothing they can do. Oftentimes, for lower level cla
Professors don't appear to care. "That's college," "scholarships are o
I am afraid to confront them, especially when it is their personal textb
What is the point? "Everything" is fair game for a test.
The only time I have discussed this was in asking if an older edition w
I don't feel this does any good at all, especially if the professor writes
They told me to eitherBorrow a peersTake out a loan to cover itSteal
They don't care that it's expensive. The ones I've talked to simply ag
I have been offered a lot o excuses about why I was required to purc
I personally have not, but have seen other students bring it up in clas
I have been in classes where a teacher has attempted to address the
The professor brought up the cost of books in class and explained th
Professors agree that books are wildly overpriced. My philosophy pro
I talk to the textbook bookstores about the costs of the textbooks req
I tried once and got nowhere, so why try again? I figure if that profess
Most definitely and they usually agree up front anyway.
I email my professors beforehand to ask if prior editions are acceptab
Most professors know the books are expensive and suggest differen
I'm under the impression that most books are department chosen.
The professor told me not to buy it and instead helped me find a use
They do not care.
Their response was "there is one on reserve in the library." (The boo
They wouldn't care.
Teachers have no control over the prices and many also feel that the
Comments made in class. But not a one on one conversation. I feel p
they all already know the textbooks cost an arm and a leg
Professors generally understand that books can be expensive, but m
There was nothing they could do about it. So they say!?
They don't have anything to do with the price though, I've heard a co
Some of them literally require THREE textbooks
They said that it was a "good deal" because it lasted the whole year.
I have however spent entire semesters borrowing a professors copy
They dont set the prices. They always say just try to find some deals
As a class body, I have participated in a general discussion with prof
Dr. Outlaw writes his own book, and instead of having the students p
Most profs understand that the books are overpriced
I think it came up once.
The class always brings it up but no discussion is made. Especially,
Professors don't care -- they just want you to have the book... otherw
they say they can't do a thing.
I did twice my freshman year. Both times I was informed of the single
i talked about it to my academic advisor
Prof recommendation was to borrow the book from the Evan's Librar
Whether or not you talk to you professor, they are still going to want
By the time I find out what books are needed, it is too late for the pro
I understand that that is how they make money, especially creating n
That is why they make up there own.
I've never needed to- I either see the book as necessary, or the class
Two professors have acknowledged the cost and one of them even a
what can they do?
They seem to understand. Some just don't care. Some are sympathe
Professors that suggested cheaper places to get the books in the pa
Some just ask how much the book cost, that's about it.
Although it is their fault because they chose that specific text, there's
Many advise using amazon.com but others don't care and only make
I've asked a professor if buying a previous edition would be sufficien
However, I have yet to find professors that are sympathetic who did n
Have in general discussion in class but not one on one.
I have no brought it to the attention of any professor that the book tha
Other than joking, I have not talked with them about it because I don
I was too embarrassed
Most of my teachers have metioned the prices themselves without ne
not a good convo to have
textbook assignments are often made before contact with the profess
Several Classes.
It is often too late to do anything about it once students are able to ta
The professors do not set the price for textbooks, so I felt it was futile
Some professors even make recommendations for less expensive ol
ALL THE TIME, they can't do anything about it because it's the depa
Professors often recognize the cost of books, but it seems a lot of the
I'm pretty sure the professors know the costs of the materials from w
Most allow other editions.
Not 1-on-1, but there have been conversations between the class an
You really can't change the curriculum. If the prof has assigned a boo
They either don't care (most common) or have already done all they
I am to afraid too.
My professor did not care. The professor made a snappy remark and
In my 4 years of college, only ONE professor has suggested that tex
Routine complaints.
Many professors I have spoken with agree that the prices are too hig
In the cases where the professor has written the textbook, they don't
In the cases where the professor has written the textbook, they don't
Textbooks are too expensive and represent a false commodity.
Come on, how many students will ask this type of questions?
They told me that this was the cost of education and that I needed to
I have suggested to professors that they suggest a copy of their book
the ones that show interest in saving us money don't require textboo
I have never done this.
The textbook is published by a friend of the professor. So it is safe to
I don't think there's anything they can do about it. If there is, I would b
Often times very helpful, because the majority of the time, the prof w
Asked if book was necessary
In the case of the $200 thermal fluids book, I talked to the professor t
I never question autority
There is not much they can do. They agree that the cost of textbook
I have had a few professors say that using an older addition was acc
It's not exactly the best option to tell a professor that you cannot affor
I do not think they would listen. Only one teacher has suggested buy
Complained with other students, but never to a prof. I always assume
Complained with other students, but never to a prof. I always assume
A professor can't do anything about the cost, so why bother them wit
Most professors don't care or say they can't do anything about it. Som
Mostly because the usual response is that professors are not able to
Not an issue for me, but can be for other students.
I've never done this.
I have mentioned that books are expensive, especially when they are
With the exception of 2 professors here at TAMU, professors do not
The classes I generally have an issue with are the business classes,
If a textbook was outrageously priced, my professors were often the
The professors seem to sympathize with students and often make co
Professors already know how much books cost. This is not new info
Many professors don't know how expensive books are.
I dont think they care or have power over the price
The first professor to ever talk to me about the price of textbooks was
It's mentioned in class, and said in comment, but I have not approach
They do not care. It seems that most either wrote the text book, contr
I have asked if the old edition was okay, and the answer is most ofte
Some good professors say that a particular book may help but since
What difference would that make? They can't lower the cost and mos
Only for sourcing recommendations: bookstore vs. Amazon vs. on-lin
I have talked to a few of my professors about re-using an outdated ed
Most professors don't care because they don't have to buy them or th
A professor is not going to change the textbooks required for his cou
They wouldn't change the textbook because of a complaint by a stud
Rising textbook costs could be more than offset by keeping fees stab
If you get a professor to respond to you prior to the class starting, ma
a couple teachers mentioned previous editions as acceptable and co
Talking to professors often just causes more of a headache than alle
They only say that they understand and that there are usually books
While they can choose which text they want to teach from, they can't
None of the textbooks for any class were terribly unreasonable, but j
many books are offered at much lower costs internationally in a pape
Within the past 2 years, professors have been asking for the cost of t
Within the past 2 years, professors have been asking for the cost of t
Generally, my professors have been understanding of the burden tha
Professors typically say, there is not much that they can do to lower
Aside from the occasional complaint (which gets me nowhere usually
I have asked if it would be possible to get through a class without the
I have talked to a professor about it, but it was a professor that I did n
Some of the professors are concerned about the cost of the textbook
I did once and he put it under course reserves at the library. Someon
they put them at library so you can get it out
Before getting any of my books i got an estimate from each teacher a
I have had a couple of conversations with professors about the cost,
I always check with professors to see if older editions are acceptable
I expect them to just say it's required, so I don't bother asking. I supp
Dr. Stone, a chemistry professor does an excellent job about taking i
I am told it is out of their power to control.
I feel as though a lot of the time a single professor does not have tha
One professor of mine (Jafri) was WONDERFUL and allowed me to
There's no point. The professor isn't going to change their ways and
I had to wait a few weeks to buy one once because I couldn't afford i
Yes - they said " I feel your pain"
And believe me, no professor cares about the fact that you can't affo
I did discuss the cost of a membership to the website needed to subm
I have never spoken with a professor over the price of textbooks but
I have not talked with a professor about the cost of books, but it is a g
One teacher required 11 books which ended up costing each studen
Teachers don't care how much the textbooks cost us.
i see them trying or mostly trying to cut back on books for us. but the
They say they don't care
A lot of times, professors suggest we buy textbooks from places like
They say "just how it is"
I don't think talking to a professor will make much difference on whet
I had an older version of the textbook already and asked the professo
I had an older version of the textbook already and asked the professo
Professors talk to us all the time about the high cost of textbooks and
I sometimes ask if older editions of the book are ok. Usually, they are
yet after speaking to professor they say either go check if they have
Most of my professors have been understanding about the high cost
I've never felt that anything could be done about it after the fact.
Proffessors do not care the textbooks are expensive. They say that is
I have never thought about doing this because I didn't think they had
I usually ask profs if we can use an older edition.
I have very rarely spoken on the matter and only in lecture settings, n
And some professors have ways of getting textbooks at a cheaper ra
What are they going to do about it? They have no say about prices; m
I have never ever considered this.
I feel like they should thoroughly look into the textbook before they b
They have all understood the cost but are required to use a textbook
Numerous times I have asked the Prof if I could purchase an older ed
They wouldn't change it even if we did say it was unaffordable.
I have and they work with me but its simply not up to them sometime
how much the book cost.
d check them out, rent them, or purchase them online.
mplained about the cost of the textbook. I one case, the teacher saw the price was high and allowed us extra time to buy it online.
 much his book cost students
 cost of textbooks. To raiswe this point would be to start the semester in an antagonistic relationship.
 tandard for textbooks so I never felt the professor had much control unless multiple books were required.
 ous times and it seems like if there is a new(er) edition out that is the one they prefer (with of course a higher price)
 standing when students use alternative routes of getting textbooks but sometimes they aren't. Sometimes it takes up to 2 weeks to get a deli
 eeks before the first class to ensure timely shipping of my textbooks.


and purchase them.
extbook on reserve at the library and that will help

 bout a month before just so I can do research on how to get the book the cheapest.......so now I am wasting money AND my time

 his was the only textbook they could use, and they were sorry about the cost. It was not a helpful or effective conversation.
udents. The textbook from the different editions is practically identical.
 the textbooks are outragious.



concern should be for academic only. If students can't afford books, wait a semester until they can afford them.
as informed that I needed to purchase the same book I had only with the online code, which I couldn't afford after having already purchased m
em unavailable for concerns of this type.. that make it seem as though this is strictly your problem
 essor the impression I didn't care about the course.
ould speak to the professor. I choose to shop on Amazon.com for my textbooks, though, in order to avoid the high prices.
 r about the price if books.

 ssor's before the start of classes asking if their textbooks will be on reserve at the library or if I will be able to use an old edition textbook.
 my professors about the costs of textbooks needed for the course. I have spoken to them about using older editions. I have been able to use
re not incharge of choiceing the book that is bing used and that they didnt pick it, so we just have to deal with the book price.
and try to compromise if purchasing the textbook is unattainable. Several professors have offered students the opportunity to purchase the ol
o a different book that presented the same information but cost $50 more. When I asked her why, she said that she "preferred the layout". Wh


of textbooks are outrageous
  it and how reduculous they think the prices are,i've had two differnt professors try really hard to get the prices knocked down for us.
st agree textbooks are really too pricey. My accounting this year comes with a book and an online key for the class. The complete package
 uld make any difference when many times I have bought books that were written by professors at colleges I have attended or the professors
sure they can find out the cost of the book to students before they make their choice. They have already considered the information, so why r
e the price he understood and i could look on with an other.
 cussion at the beginning of a class.
at the student spends. It is not there money.
 re. He didn't even read the book. The book was "forced" on him and he had "no choice" but to use it as a result of the "other professor" that t
e book can be read on line or if i could have print out's of what we are studying but they just say that I need it because it is very important; the
 igh cost of texts
 and the situations students are faced with (i.e. being poor) and require only a minimum of texts, often using editions that are relatively inexpe
 eously priced as well.
  said we could partner up on books
  have the books. The teacher can't do anything about the books. But they can do something about the books they choose for content. I've ha
 k. So I just take the hit. The professors are made aware that it costs me extra and don't seem concerned.
  suck it up and deal with it because there's nothing anyone can do about it.
with them, it is what it is and you must purchase it.
  any difference, so I have not tried.

 o that. Thankfully arrangements were made.

sufficient enough for the class. If they are then I search for these first.
 ine places to buy, but it's just the price of the book from the original publisher that is ridiculously priced.
ommented on the price of books
un to use supplemental websites instead of text books or they have placed books on reserve at the library.

 ng they could do about it. I happen to disagree. I did however, have an online class from a DCCCD school and the teacher did not assign us
costs to students and try to choose materials that are more cost effective, but sometimes there is nothing they can do either!
 about every class on the first day of the semester
 rofessor, but I really should. The book for calculus costs $200 new and it truly is not even well written. Much better books are available at ch
 rstood and have really tried to not require a book unless they know we will have to used them. They have to some times settle for the textbo
 s advise purchasing texts second hand because of cost. Many do not require the most up-to-date editions.
  that the price of the books were too high
ent" makes the decision on what books are needed.
 e cases truly has a say over what textbooks to use.
 ors will in all of her classes does not require textbooks because they are so expensive and because she wants to teach her classes about th
he class that has it and see if i can barrow it when we need it to copy the pages

and then the first day of class they tell you you do have to write in your workbooks because you can sell them back.



ow the cost of the textbooks and hopefully have the same opinions about the situation as their students.
pensive." I am very disappointed that the professors are completely unaware of the cost of the textbooks and have no consideration for those
  any textbooks or material for the specific fact that they cost too much. I greatly appreciate their empathy towards us students.
ut buy the book. we need to invest in our education.
 professor since it's doubtful the professor would change anything at the last minute for a class that's already underway. And if the professor
   they believe they can use whatever material they like... What can a student do?
  m but to the dean.
 lined about text book prices, fortunatly I do not pay for mine.
ally ask the prof if I can use the lower edition because of the high cost of textbooks.
 e no say over texts used. I do not understand why the newest editions are always used. The content generally is the exact same as older ve
  roofs was shocked by the cost of the textbook required for the class. He wasn't aware that it cost $150, and it's the smallest textbook that I c
do with expensiveness of the books and they can't do without student purchasing books.
 t revcieving books late for class because of having to find out another financial way to purchase the book needed.
ending so much money in tuition I might as well spend another 150 bucks to pass the class.
 oks are god-awful expensive.
 ooks are priced higher than they suggested. They are ALL outraged at the cost we have to spend on a book.
 us rather apologetically.
ust not buy it.
e students to purchase textbooks online to not support the monopoly of the on-campus bookstore.
  or is talking about the textbook for the class first comment/ joke out of their mouth is about the price.
r, my professor was appalled that I had to pay $40 for a book that I could purchase for $7 on Amazon.com
ng they could do about it.
costs of books due to the fact I chose to go back to school.
xtbook of associate professor at university when it did not provide enough support material for class and was so expensive - stated that was
  t the cost is ridiculous.
 arding the cost of books.
 xtbooks are to expensive and try to help us by using old books or using reading that we can access on the internet.
 he cost that was charged for the text and seemed surprised when presented with the amount.

 professors who are inconsiderate enough to make me buy a textbook I can not afford usually don't care enough to listen to me complain.
sing books cheaper online (unless of course they themselves wrote the textbook.)
 by several students.
quest the books that they think you need.
  professors really didn't have a say in the price of textbooks. Althoug h they do ask us to buy the book, they are not the one who raise the pri
to use older books if they feel like there is no new information in the newer textbooks. They do it to help up - we appriciate it... But there are
out the cost of textbook, but I did comment on the cost of one of my textbooks during the end-of-course survey. The textbook was approxima
 costs and some said that the books were assigned by the university.
 ven alternate textbook options because of the cost.
hing to the teachers but they don't really care.



hers and she said i will need both books to obtain at least a D in the course so i had better just save up and buy it. Turns out all i needed wa
y could do about the cost.
xpensive to buy books
gram at the university that enables us to have our books billed to our bill. It's a great program.
xtbooks offline since the price is usually a third of the price in the bookstore.

 e any say on the price we pay for books.
he offered to loan me his older addition, it was practically the same.
 selves will mention how expensive they are will try to accomodate as much as possible. For example, using an old textbook
 ng book was the most expensive so far. I think it was $200.00, but it ended up being very worthwhile.
nstructors about the cost and some sympathize with my opinions.
 his. If the book is extremely expensive and I need it I might use other options like internet or similar books to get the needed information unle
r own textbooks and sold them at a VERY good price. Only had the material we needed to learn/know and didn't have to pay an absurd amo
 on others. No one has ever admitted to wanting a certain book.
to lend me any extra's they may have, to date none of them have ever helped me.
book the teacher picked out. I buy the book and go to class without any questions towards their teaching style and recommendations.


 who feel for you, and work with you. Then you have professors who dont want to hear it.

 st the cost of doing business. They in my opinion don't particularly care.
d to deal with it
ed it. We used the book three times.
ed it. We used the book three times.

ext book be available in the library for in library use
cut some slack, but with some other professors there was no sympathy whatsoever.
 thtic but unbending of the students' plight or they empathize and recommend investigating outside sources for the books. Neither answer is
  but the ebook does not appear to be the solution. How can I sit in bed or at a restaurant with my laptop to read? Books are the reality.
 r about the cost of a book; this wouldn't solve anything.


they care about the cost to us.
o what else can you do?
 who understand that books are expensive, so instead of having us pay a fortune for books, they will have their notes printed and sold from a
 ut anything other than getting their paycheck.
ned...many recognize this as the cost of doing business
t is in the library, while there is one copy in the library for 200 students.

ave much say after he assigns a textbook to be purchased on the total cost of the book.
lder editions or tell us its okay to use the older edition but books stores don't have them because they want more money because eventually
 or clickers and online homework they decide to use.
 that it is timeconsuming to put on line..
 the publisher to discuss the cost. However, the professor includes a note packet inside the textbook that cannot

e price of textbooks were high, and talked to our class about other avenues for getting the book (amazon, etc.)
  cost of books and do not need to be told. This is concern shared by the students and professor (at least the professors I have had)
 orry when their text books are expensive.
ourse) and it was only good for one semester, so I could not resale it.
  is it really the professors fault? I dont think so.
 ren't really concerned.
 sive, but the ones you wish to buy, like the ones for your specific amjor, are super expensive, and it just discourages you from buying the bo
ok to the do the homework if I really wanted to pass the class.
   to understand the rising costs in books so some of them are opting for less expensive ones which I really appreciate.
ng that you can't afford the book; even by a certain time in the semester.
ssor(s), they cant help, because it is not thier problem all they care about is that you have purchased what you need according to the syllabu

ght to purchase an old edition, although most do not care whether or not u can afford one
 now that I have spent thousands in textbooks i'll never again open?
ed" it for the course but it turned out that he never used it!
 the cost. Simply letting them know can make a difference.
sten our excuses.
university charges the students so much!
 ince I purchase the copy of the book. I would just prefer using a real textbook instead of an online book. I sit in front of a computer all day a

 the point in talking to the professor?
now how much the textbook will cost and order them anyway.
 he right choices for books.
ost", e.g. the amt. of time and effort to get the books which he didn`t bother to "order"; I think he agreed that it would be a good idea to "order
backs from the companies so I don't bother.
 ooks (such as in my Business courses) always claim the cost of publishing and printing. If a textbook is written by one of our own professors
e best material for their courses. You get what you pay for.
 wer versions of the textbook when I had an older one, but I've never talked about cost.
trol most times.
thing about that? I didn't think that they could...
w much they cost and try to work with us on assigning homework that do not require the text.

 don't care, because it's not their problem. To make matters worse, many professors are requiring that students buy THEIR OWN TEXTBOO

 but are still very expensive.
ask you to purchase the book then you have to find a way of purchasing it.
uctor for a course it was an issue the re-occurred with my students. I was careful to select reasonably priced books and not to fall into the tex
nt so I generally have resources available for books.
 s but nothing was ever done.
 r back: "It's required"...sometimes we don't even use our books. I have only taken one class in which the professor reserved books, there wa
ll over 100 dollars. We are already spending money for our education what makes our professors think we can spend close to $500 dollars o
ook for the course had a discussion about the book because he wanted to know if we liked the idea of it being unbound and grayscale in orde

  books are very expensive. Which is why the one professor that I talked to doesnt use a textbook.
 iscussing it, especially since the resale value is almost non existent for graduate course books
ks that I have been required to buy has at times been ridiculous.
 taken the class previously.
 e textbooks are over priced.
 plain or make my professor have a bad impression over me because nursing is difficult enough in itself!
 ven complain about the cost of textbooks.
  change the cost of the book for me. I do have professors that give us hints about selling the books to students for a cheaper cost to that stud
y profs about this. Most Aggie Profs are awesome and work with us to use a textbook that is affordable while still accomplishing the academi
 then when we go to sell them back we hardly get even close to a fourth of what we paid. We are lucky to get even that much.
 xt book are to high!
sation before. Usually when students are complaining and the teacher chimes in and is suprised at how expensive the book is!
ok prices "that sucks, my books were under 100 when I came through school." The teachers don't care about book prices.
ofessors have become more concerned about the information written, becoming more active in what the text offers. This helps because it the

 tly they don't.

 ng changes. Some professors are doing their best to find the best book possible for the least amount of money which I appreciate.
 "So how much does this book cost?? Anybody know?" and then I usually find out where the book is cheaper; online, at the campus book stor

 cost. There are a few who will wait to assign homework so students can order from the internet to receive a discount.
work with other professors to pick the best book with the best price.
 because they are considerable cheaper.
 but there is nothing that they can do about the prices either. For the most part, the professors try to choose textbooks that aren't too expensiv
 aterials for classes verses having to buy a text book. They provided links to the subject or powerpoints via blackboard.
  it's out of their control.
 quality in textbook writing, excessive quantity of the pages, and the exorbitant prices for texts that could be completely replaced by softcover
essors in the past about using old editions of the book because I could not afford the current edition.
the cost of a textbook but they have no solution for it.


an do. Oftentimes, for lower level classes, they say the book they are required to use is mandated by the department.
 "That's college," "scholarships are out there," are what they would say.
ecially when it is their personal textbook.
s fair game for a test.
his was in asking if an older edition would suffice.
 all, especially if the professor writes his or her own book and publishes it in one of those loose-leaf formats. You can never sell those back a
 eersTake out a loan to cover itSteal itor my favorite, Drop the class
 e. The ones I've talked to simply agreed that it was expensive and said I needed it.
 es about why I was required to purchase a text - usually it has to do with standardization of the course materials. Give me a break - if the ins
een other students bring it up in class, and most professors just stick by their book choice and tell us we have to have that exact book.
eacher has attempted to address the situation.
st of books in class and explained that he would use the same book in another class that we would take later to save in the long run.
 wildly overpriced. My philosophy professor apologized.
about the costs of the textbooks required for the course. I usually don't talk to the professor about that because they usually say that it may b
 why try again? I figure if that professor is going to use that book because he or she has built the entire semester's curriculum off of it, he or s
agree up front anyway.
d to ask if prior editions are acceptable (which are much MUCH cheaper online).
 are expensive and suggest different ways of buying the book.
 st books are department chosen.
  it and instead helped me find a used one or provided a book that I can look at through the web.

  on reserve in the library." (The book was always in use because it was a big class)

  e prices and many also feel that they price of books is out of control.
ot a one on one conversation. I feel professors don't have much say over this, but if they do that needs to be communicated to students so we
  ks cost an arm and a leg
  that books can be expensive, but most still require textbooks for their course knowing that they won't be using it often. Soemtimes I feel like
  about it. So they say!?
  ith the price though, I've heard a couple of them say they switched books because they found cheaper ones
HREE textbooks
al" because it lasted the whole year. The book was written by the professors and their assistants.
 esters borrowing a professors copy of a text book in order to complete homework assignmets from said book.
 lways say just try to find some deals online.
  ed in a general discussion with professors.I've good experiences where the professor tells us the first day of class that the text really isn't ne
 and instead of having the students purchase the book through the local stores, he makes copies of it, bounds it, and sells it to us for $25. He
 ooks are overpriced

 no discussion is made. Especially, Professor Abelson's custom textbook for his MGMT 309 class is outrageous.
 want you to have the book... otherwise they wouldn't have required it for their class.

 th times I was informed of the single available book in the library. One book in the entire library system. Probably because it is too expensive

row the book from the Evan's Library, but when the Prof begins to suggest this alternative to about half the class of about 400 students that b
 ofessor, they are still going to want you to buy the textbooks. I don't see that doing you much good.
 are needed, it is too late for the professor to change to a less expensive version.
y make money, especially creating new editions, but lowering the cost would be nice. Idk, the system is broken. There have been books writt

  the book as necessary, or the class uses notes packets, which are significantly cheaper and (in my opinion) far more convenient
ged the cost and one of them even apoligized. I think it's odd that these were 2 of the 3 profs I've had who authored the textbook.

  just don't care. Some are sympathetic about which editions you can buy if you can find them cheaper.
 er places to get the books in the past sometimes won't any longer because of being reprimanded from the school because if we students bu
ok cost, that's about it.
 they chose that specific text, there's nothing they could do about the price
 but others don't care and only make it available through the MSC which is one of the most expensive places!
  previous edition would be sufficient because it cuts the cost down alot.
ssors that are sympathetic who did not begin the course that way-- professors who allow out of date editions, etc., are sympathetic to the issu
  ss but not one on one.
on of any professor that the book that they require for their course is simply too much, but I am sure that they would not care.
ed with them about it because I don't feel like they would really change or care. I don't want to be seen as a complainer.

ned the prices themselves without needing it pointed out.

made before contact with the professor is made or sometimes even before a professor is assigned to a section

about it once students are able to talk to the professor.
ce for textbooks, so I felt it was futile to do so. Any comments have been made in passing.
ommendations for less expensive older editions of books that may be used in place of the newest edition.
ything about it because it's the department that chooses the book!
ost of books, but it seems a lot of them are told what books to use for the class by the department...Professors should choose their own book
ow the costs of the materials from which they are teaching!

conversations between the class and the prof.
culum. If the prof has assigned a book, thats the book that'll be used, regardless of exorbitant prices.
 mon) or have already done all they can by choosing only one book, or allowing us to use an older version.

 rofessor made a snappy remark and said that that was the price of an education. It is the wrong approach to education.
NE professor has suggested that textbooks are too expensive and that we can purchase an outline book for $10. Never before has a profess

with agree that the prices are too high but these books are necessary so they feel there is nothing they can do. One professor of mine had a s
 has written the textbook, they don't care. They get profits from having the students buy their book so they want us to continue to buy them.
 has written the textbook, they don't care. They get profits from having the students buy their book so they want us to continue to buy them.
d represent a false commodity.
ll ask this type of questions?
 st of education and that I needed to "suck it up". She required 3 textbooks and 2 supplimental website subscritions. She told us that our grad
hat they suggest a copy of their book be put on course reserves, or have asked for alternate editions.
ving us money don't require textbooks

 end of the professor. So it is safe to say they are getting kickbacks when the material in the book is never used.
 can do about it. If there is, I would be all over that.
e the majority of the time, the prof will be using an older edition too!

 uids book, I talked to the professor to ask how well I would be able to get by without buying the book.

They agree that the cost of textbooks are high.
 hat using an older addition was acceptable.
tell a professor that you cannot afford a book for their course. That's like telling a professor you cannot afford the cost of online homework. It
Only one teacher has suggested buying her book on Amazon and she gave me the title several weeks before the semester started to allow ti
 but never to a prof. I always assume they are acutely aware how expensive the books are.
 but never to a prof. I always assume they are acutely aware how expensive the books are.
 out the cost, so why bother them with the problem?
 y they can't do anything about it. Some require you to buy the book that they wrote/helped write, which gets them a percentage of earnings fr
  se is that professors are not able to do anything about the price.
 or other students.

  expensive, especially when they are not specifically used, but never mentioned my financial situation.
  s here at TAMU, professors do not seem to consider this expensive. This becomes a great issue when the book is not used not a quality boo
  ssue with are the business classes, and its written by the prof.
 riced, my professors were often the first person to point that fact out. Though they were sympathetic, they still stated that we "needed the boo
  ize with students and often make comments apologizing for the price of the books. However, this doesn't seem to stop them from opting to g
uch books cost. This is not new information to them.
   expensive books are.
 wer over the price
  me about the price of textbooks was my INFO 209 professor this semester. He was very upset with the bookstores as well because they had
 in comment, but I have not approached a professor on that basis alone.
most either wrote the text book, contributed to the text book, or reviewed/edited the textbook so they get some sort of kick back. Some profess
  s okay, and the answer is most often "yes."
   particular book may help but since it's expensive it, they don't make it required.
  ? They can't lower the cost and most classes I couldn't pass without a textbook.
ons: bookstore vs. Amazon vs. on-line used bookstore.
essors about re-using an outdated edition because the new edition is not that much different.
use they don't have to buy them or they wrote them so they want you to buy that one.
  e the textbooks required for his course because of the cost, and quite frankly he shouldn't have to.
 ok because of a complaint by a student. Ideally, yes our concerns about textbooks or classes could make a difference, but sadly that's not th
more than offset by keeping fees stable.
  to you prior to the class starting, many times the book is not actually needed for the class.
  vious editions as acceptable and covered some of the changes between them so you would not be at a substantial disadvantage for opting f
 auses more of a headache than alleviating any concerns.
 nd and that there are usually books available to check out for a couple of hours in the library.
  t they want to teach from, they can't determine the cost of the textbook. All they can do is choose a different text (if they are willing to redo th
  ss were terribly unreasonable, but just buying a whole bunch really racked up the total.
  lower costs internationally in a paper back edition
  rs have been asking for the cost of the book and if it was too expensive. Several of my professors have helped us find alternative ways of ge
  rs have been asking for the cost of the book and if it was too expensive. Several of my professors have helped us find alternative ways of ge
 een understanding of the burden that the expense of textbooks places on students and have gone to extra effort to assist students with using
  not much that they can do to lower the prices or anything.
 aint (which gets me nowhere usually) I really don't make a huge fuss over textbook prices. It feels like there's nothing you can do when all of
ble to get through a class without the textbook, as it is extremely expensive. Every professor who I have ever asked this questions of has told
  t it, but it was a professor that I did not have to buy textbooks for their course. They agree that the prices are too high for most textbooks.
 erned about the cost of the textbooks, and they try to distribute a copy of necessary portion of their own textbooks for free.
urse reserves at the library. Someone else checked out the book and never brought it back, so that wasn't an acceptable alternative.

 got an estimate from each teacher about the costs, then i compared the prices from the College Campus Store in the Students Center and th
 ions with professors about the cost, but I always got the impression that they were sympathetic and that it was out of their hands.
o see if older editions are acceptable because they cost less.
 ired, so I don't bother asking. I suppose I should though.
  does an excellent job about taking it into consideration, he allows for the use of many different books and teaches his class according to all o

a single professor does not have that much say in the price of textbooks that they choose; most of the time it's the department that decides w
s WONDERFUL and allowed me to borrow one he had because I couldnt afford it.
 sn't going to change their ways and the entire teaching material now. We just have to deal with it.
one once because I couldn't afford it at the time I needed it.
res about the fact that you can't afford it.
ership to the website needed to submit homework.
 ssor over the price of textbooks but I have been tempted to several times and probably should have taken action to voice my concerns.
r about the cost of books, but it is a good idea, and I probably should.
which ended up costing each student around $800. I personally talked to the teacher to see if there was any way around actually buying the b
he textbooks cost us.
  to cut back on books for us. but their efforts really dont help

 t we buy textbooks from places like amazon and ebay because campus bookstore prices (even for used books) is so expensive!

  will make much difference on whether to buy a textbook or not if the decision is made by the department as the required textbook. I don't thi
book already and asked the professor if I would be okay using it. He said sure if I really really couldn't afford to buy the new version, which I c
book already and asked the professor if I would be okay using it. He said sure if I really really couldn't afford to buy the new version, which I c
about the high cost of textbooks and try to help us out by only requiring the purchase of course packets purchased at copy corner. The book
 of the book are ok. Usually, they are, and professors are willing to assist and help fill in the gaps when thisgs do not match up. They underst
 ey say either go check if they have an avaible copy at the library or tell you to get a loan!
n understanding about the high cost of books and do not require anything that will not be used.
  be done about it after the fact.
ooks are expensive. They say that is what college is and we have to get over it.
  this because I didn't think they had anything to do with the textbook cost.
an older edition.
matter and only in lecture settings, not 1 on 1.
 of getting textbooks at a cheaper rate, somehow.
it? They have no say about prices; many have actually apologized to the class about textbook prices!

 look into the textbook before they buy it, including it's cost.
st but are required to use a textbook for teaching purposes.
e Prof if I could purchase an older edition. They have always said yes, the editions change very little and nothing would be lost...and i'm able
we did say it was unaffordable.
  its simply not up to them sometimes.
xtra time to buy it online.




es it takes up to 2 weeks to get a delivered textbook especially during a busy shipping time like the beginning of semesters which is usually w




ing money AND my time

ective conversation.




ord after having already purchased my required textbooks. Thankfully, I could purchase an online book and code, which, the price was outst


d the high prices.


le to use an old edition textbook.
der editions. I have been able to use some older editions. I was not able to use one older edition because I had to purchase the online comp
  with the book price.
nts the opportunity to purchase the older edition, so they could afford the textbook.
aid that she "preferred the layout". What??!! You want me to pay $50 more because Chapter 11 is now Chapter 2?!



prices knocked down for us.
or the class. The complete package had to be purchased for the class total $240.00.
es I have attended or the professors ask for the new editions rather than allowing older editions. Many teachers do allow the older editions.
considered the information, so why risk getting on their bad side complaining about cost of the book they already picked?



a result of the "other professor" that taught the course. He was the only professor that taught the course.
ed it because it is very important; these are usually the classes I never use the text book in.

sing editions that are relatively inexpensive.


ooks they choose for content. I've had some books that were so confusing, I barely scraped by.




ool and the teacher did not assign us a book because he believed they were a waste of money. I applauded this teacher and thanked him for
g they can do either!

Much better books are available at cheaper costs.
ve to some times settle for the textbooks there allowed to use.




 wants to teach her classes about the curriculum and not the text book.




s and have no consideration for those of us who struggle financially.
y towards us students.

eady underway. And if the professor takes the cost to heart and uses a different book the next semester, then I'll have trouble selling the book




nerally is the exact same as older versions that you can purchase on amazon for cheap.
and it's the smallest textbook that I currently use. I sold it back to the bookstore and bought a used version online (since I want to keep it) for




 was so expensive - stated that was text selected. Appeared not to care and only interested in supporting coworker.




 enough to listen to me complain.



hey are not the one who raise the prices and update the editions Approaching a professor seems like a waste of both mine and the professor
 up - we appriciate it... But there are only 80 students total in my field and only about 20 per class.
urvey. The textbook was approximately $130 and was of substandard quality - some of the print was fuzzy and almost illegible. This proble




and buy it. Turns out all i needed was one for the reading material and i received an A!!




sing an old textbook


ks to get the needed information unless the class strictly follows the book, which is not so common.
nd didn't have to pay an absurd amount of money for it.


g style and recommendations.




ces for the books. Neither answer is satisfactory given that, by then, the books are needed immediately.
to read? Books are the reality.




ve their notes printed and sold from a copy store (either on or off campus). This is a great option because the notes are usually between $2 a




ant more money because eventually they are not making enough profit. For a reading class my teacher ordered the 7th edition but the book s




 the professors I have had)




 discourages you from buying the book.

ly appreciate.

at you need according to the syllabus to complete the course.
 . I sit in front of a computer all day and i don't need to be on a computer in the evenings.




 hat it would be a good idea to "order" them locally in the future.

 written by one of our own professors, provide a digital copy directly to the students! No need for expensive publishing and printing. Minimize




 tudents buy THEIR OWN TEXTBOOK that they are directly profiting from. Conflict of interest maybe?



 iced books and not to fall into the textbook company's "scam" of selecting the package with the workbook at "no extra cost" -- because it wou


e professor reserved books, there was only a handful reserved, and the edition was about to go out...that's why reserves were available.
we can spend close to $500 dollars on books.
 being unbound and grayscale in order to save money. I do like the idea except that when I tried to sell it back, it was not accepted because i




udents for a cheaper cost to that student and more profit for the seller because the bookstores buy back books for way too cheap and sell bo
while still accomplishing the academics of the class.
o get even that much.

 expensive the book is!
 bout book prices.
 text offers. This helps because it then becomes a more used text. When I was in my core classes, professors just seemed to pick and choos



money which I appreciate.
aper; online, at the campus book store, or at the college store.

 ve a discount.


 se textbooks that aren't too expensive, but the prices are still incredibly high. Professors usually apologize to classes if the textbooks are ne
 ia blackboard.

 be completely replaced by softcover "older texts" that are still useful. Newer is not always better, in fact usually in my major, time tested text
 department.




 ats. You can never sell those back and almost always cost upwards of $200.


materials. Give me a break - if the instructor / professor does not teach the standard curriculum, then why purchase the book
 have to have that exact book.

 ater to save in the long run.

ecause they usually say that it may be required in order to pass the class. COSTS is something, I believe, the bookstores are in charge with.
emester's curriculum off of it, he or she is probably not going to change it.




  be communicated to students so we can try to minimize the cost.

e using it often. Soemtimes I feel like professors are just trying to sell books to us like businessmen instead of giving us an honest opinion of




 ay of class that the text really isn't needed, and then we can return it.On the flip-side, I've had professor who assign books of which they them
 unds it, and sells it to us for $25. He asked for my feed back, and I told him I thought it was a great idea.




 Probably because it is too expensive to buy more.

 the class of about 400 students that becomes an issue as well.


broken. There have been books written by professors that have been terrible at teaching material.

nion) far more convenient
ho authored the textbook.


he school because if we students buy elsewhere, the school doesn't get our money. Ridiculous.




ions, etc., are sympathetic to the issue, but 9/10 have not cared that they were required us to buy 8 books 6 of which later went unread.

 they would not care.
 s a complainer.




essors should choose their own books.




h to education.
for $10. Never before has a professor offered an alternative book that was cheaper than the "required" book. Offering cheaper reading mate

an do. One professor of mine had a special book made for our class consisting of the most important chapters from the original book simply
ey want us to continue to buy them.
ey want us to continue to buy them.


ubscritions. She told us that our grade would come from the activities in these materials. These materials were NEVER used.




afford the cost of online homework. It just doesn't work like that.
 efore the semester started to allow time for shipping.
ets them a percentage of earnings from the publisher.




 he book is not used not a quality book.

 y still stated that we "needed the book."
 't seem to stop them from opting to get a new edition every few semesters. Some professors outline for students what is different in the newe



bookstores as well because they had run out of the "textbook package" that was needed for his class and instead the students were forced to

some sort of kick back. Some professors even vow to only used the new textbook to provide the most up to date information for the students.




 e a difference, but sadly that's not the environment in the Aerospace Engineering department


 substantial disadvantage for opting for an older edition


rent text (if they are willing to redo their curriculum) for the next semester class.


  helped us find alternative ways of getting the book without having to pay outrageous prices for a book that we will use for 4 months.
  helped us find alternative ways of getting the book without having to pay outrageous prices for a book that we will use for 4 months.
 ra effort to assist students with using older editions through providing scanned copies of homework problems on their course websites or cro

 ere's nothing you can do when all of the available textbook stores are in on the same racket.On a positive note:A few professors have let the
  ever asked this questions of has told me that YES, I need the book. Frequently, I utilize the book much less than would make it worth purch
s are too high for most textbooks.
 textbooks for free.
n't an acceptable alternative.

s Store in the Students Center and the College Store off campus near the Dairy Queen to get the best deal.
 it was out of their hands.


nd teaches his class according to all of them

me it's the department that decides what book.
en action to voice my concerns.

any way around actually buying the books and he said no and refused to put the books on reserve even though most students requested it.



 books) is so expensive!

nt as the required textbook. I don't think any professor is allowed to make any statement concerning the purchase of a required textbook.
 ord to buy the new version, which I compared to mine and looked the same with minor changes in figures.
 ord to buy the new version, which I compared to mine and looked the same with minor changes in figures.
purchased at copy corner. The books are sometimes only used as a supplement to the material used in class.
hisgs do not match up. They understand the problems we have paying for expensive supplies.




d nothing would be lost...and i'm able to spend significantly less. Note: I purchase all my textbooks online - which I've found always to be che
nning of semesters which is usually when you figure out what books you need. So it makes it almost impossible to buy internet books which




and code, which, the price was outstanding and I barely got by purchasing that.




se I had to purchase the online companion site that came with the new book.
eachers do allow the older editions.
y already picked?




ded this teacher and thanked him for not making us spend money that was not needed to buy a book that would not be needed!
then I'll have trouble selling the book back.




on online (since I want to keep it) for about a third of the cost.




waste of both mine and the professors' time.

zzy and almost illegible. This problem, as well as misspelled words, was not just on a few pages, but throughout the book.
e the notes are usually between $2 and $12 and it is only the material required for the class.




ordered the 7th edition but the book stores (MSC and others) purchased the new/more expensive 8th edition so they could make a greater p
ve publishing and printing. Minimize the scope and minimize the price.




ok at "no extra cost" -- because it would require the purchase of new rather than used books.


t's why reserves were available.

 back, it was not accepted because it was not bound. I know I can sell the book online, but I am scared to do so because of all the scams I ha




books for way too cheap and sell books for way too much.




ssors just seemed to pick and choose without checking.




ze to classes if the textbooks are new editions that are required.


 usually in my major, time tested texts are better.
y purchase the book




e, the bookstores are in charge with.




ad of giving us an honest opinion of what we need for the course. I've had a few professors cancel textbook requirements and I still consider




who assign books of which they themselves are the authors. Conflict of interest?
ks 6 of which later went unread.




book. Offering cheaper reading materials should be more common!

apters from the original book simply to cut down on the cost which to a certain extent it did.




s were NEVER used.
students what is different in the newest editions so that they can choose whether or not to buy an older edition of the book.



 d instead the students were forced to buy all of the elements of the set separately. This in turn ended up being more expensive, of course. O

p to date information for the students. Even though all the new editions do is rearrange the chapters and correct old errors.




hat we will use for 4 months.
hat we will use for 4 months.
blems on their course websites or cross-referencing page, figure, and problem numbers in multiple editions.This is helpful, but it makes the p

ve note:A few professors have let their classes know where the cheapest textbooks can be found.
 less than would make it worth purchasing.
though most students requested it. The school library did not carry the books either. Many students were forced to drop the class.




purchase of a required textbook.




e - which I've found always to be cheaper (much!) than campus bookstores!!
possible to buy internet books which are way cheaper than campus bookstores. Professors sometimes say it's okay to use older editions bu
t would not be needed!
roughout the book.
ition so they could make a greater profit when it was not the book the teacher wanted.
o do so because of all the scams I have heard about and I don't want to hassle with it.
ook requirements and I still consider the course a success. However, many professors remain unsympathetic about costs of their required te
edition of the book.



p being more expensive, of course. Our professor apologized plenty of times for the bookstores because he knew how we felt having to spen

correct old errors.




ons.This is helpful, but it makes the purchase of any book at all even more pointless.
ere forced to drop the class.
say it's okay to use older editions but not all of the material may be in the older ones.
athetic about costs of their required textbooks.
he knew how we felt having to spend all of our money on textbooks. He was very understanding.
CSAB Textbook Survey Fall 2010
I would use a textbook that was on course reserve at the library rather than purchasing it
from the bookstore.
                                                             Response         Response
Answer Options
                                                              Percent           Count
Strongly Agree                                                 28.3%             1870
Agree                                                          24.7%             1629
Neutral                                                        18.8%             1242
Disagree                                                       20.2%             1335
Strongly Disagree                                               7.9%              523
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                                                          I like to own my books.
                                                          As long as it was distinctly cheaper.
                                                          Did that for one of my history classeß
                                                          I take advantage of this whenever I can
                                                          There is a limit to the time frame books are available to check out.
                                                          Possibly, if availability was good enough (enough for everyone) and
                                                          Pain
                                                          I've never used a course reserve textbook in the library and i've neve
                                                          So long as there was enough copies that I wouldn't have to wait arou
                                                          I don't have time to go to the library and copy notes
                                                          Yes, this is great. I wish more profs would have a copy in the Lib.
                                                          I do this all the time it's convenient because you have to stay at the li
                                                          Have done that on one occasion while waiting for my text book to com
                                                          sometimes
                                                          I think teachers need to be more informed about their textbooks on re
                                                          Textbooks on hold in the library are often checked out when I need th
                                                          Depends on how heavily relied upon the text is for success in the cou
                                                          I would not because it may be out when I need it
                                                          It worked for my Psychology class; that book would have had me out
                                                          Out of state student
                                                          I'm a distance learner.
                                                          Only if I had to, because I prefer being able to highlight and write in t
                                                          I take classes online. This was not an option.
                                                          I like to have my own hard copy 24/7
                                                          I do prefer to have the option to write in my texts books during lecture
                                                          It is quiet inconvenient at times. Someone would have it checked out
                                                          As long as other students aren't there but it is very inconvenient to ha
                                                          I'm taking online classess so I would probably not go to the library fo
                                                          Again, I will not fail a class because I don't have it. I bring my books t
                                                          do not live near a library
                                                          I bought it any ways bc it was just as much as copying it!
Unable to do so as an online student.
I would do that to save money, but it's nice to have my own copy of th
I like having my own copy so I can have it whenever I need it and ma
I like to have my own books because I like to make notes and not ha
It is more of a hassel to have to go to the library everytime I need to v
This is absolute truth.
For graduate student most of the course work revolves around resea
My classes are not on the main campus.
I do not attend classes on campus. Going to the library is not an optio
I did this through my under grad but there are very few and when I sa
Depends on the class. If it is a book for my major the I would elect to
Having a textbook on reserve is a great idea and a resourse to some
Textbooks should be with a student throughout the whole semester,
I have tried this, but someone else used the textbook and it was unav
I have not done this, but because or prices, I considered looking into
That's exactly what I am doing at the moment. I don't have the mone
Most teachers only reserve 1 book.
I am an off campus student so this option would not work for me.
Why pay money for a textbook when you can go to the library to use
The library is too far away for me as I live in Dallas.
I have never done that.
I would rather have a book available at all times to me to use whenev
As long as I could borrow it the entire semester, I would be quite sati
I never thought about doing this.
I would prefer to have a copy of my own book so I can make notes in
I have made use of on reserve textbooks before, and I personally be
I had a teacher tell the class that a book was put on reserve so I was
My classes are major classes. I rarely sell my books back and want
I order it for cheaper somewhere else.online.
Yes, I have used course reserve at the library and I have checked ou
I don't like having to be there in the library when I need my book. I do
Never used books from library b/c they usually weren't on reserve.
If the majority of my classes I would just rent or check out a book if it
I'm not familiar with this...
if you are remote this is a lot harder
Taking classes online so not an option.
I have done this for a couple of classes because the books were ove
I like owning the books.
only if they had multiple ones for enough students?
I have
I was rarely able to find any course textbooks int he library. When i d
I would but the library doesn't seem to have any copies of the textboo
Everyone always checks out the books early. There are only a few b
I'm an Online Student so library option is not an easy one for me. I'm
if i only needed it once then i'd just borrow it.
I take classes online. This would not be convenient for me to travel t
the only problem with useing the textbook in the library is that there i
I didn't realize this was an option.
As long as there were enough and I didn't have to scramble to use th
Its hard to use the textbooks in the library if every other student is do
Depends on the pace of the class and the homework load.
It would be very inconvenient.I need to write and highlight in my texts
This is not an option for a distance-education student. There could b
I do not have time to be spending it at the library.
As a commuter, this would be impractical.
I prefer to have my own textbook so that I can study anytime and any
I don't want to take a chance that the book would not be available wh
The book would need to be able to be mailed to non-campus based s
Would have but they were all out of the textbooks I needed.
I haven't in the pass, but have tried it this semester but the professor
I would if I didn't have to share it with other people and have to furthe
Some classes require reading from books other than textbooks so I c
This could become problematic and limits the times in which the text
I did not know this option was available.
I would, IF it were not over an hour away.
I take online classes, and when I was taking campus classes I didn't
Would rather use the internet to find information
You often would have to share the only two textbooks in the library w
I would do this if there was one available. Many times if they are ava
But it has been difficult to get the reserve ones lately.
I will use the library to help me buy sometime to find it online real che
I have to have my books with me. I have varying schedules due to m
I live an hour away so this option is not possible for me
I prefer my own copy. Some books I keep and either way I need them
Never used this.
This would be a great option for those of us unable to purchase a boo
I like to write in my books, so I would hesitate to do this,
There are usually not that many on reserve.
Only if i am allowed to make copies of the pages needed so i can use
I am an adult returned to school and work full time. I would not have
If it included all requirements for the course necessary to achieve a 4
Didn't know that this existed.
I'd rather not due to connivence issues.
I did this often at community college before I transferred to WT.
If I was on campus and had access tp the textbooks reserved in the l
Very impractical and time consuming, especially for students who liv
I don't use a textbook on reserve simply because they have to stay in
i'd rather be able to have my own book to use for myself and be able
anything to save a buck.
YES!!!!
I have checked out books from the library and was willing to pay the
If this was an option, I would do this.
I appreciate when teachers do this to help save costs.
This is what I do with my Spanish book and some of the books for my
I cant take notes in those books or highlight in them.
I only disagree because I do not live on campus.
I would but some times you do have to refer back to them in future cl
The bookstores are way overpriced. I try to get mine online.
For any core class that uses a text, I would much rather use it tempo
the only ones offered in the library, arent my courses
However,seems as though there is never one available!!
I would, if it was available to online students.
Our library doesn't even have some of the books I need. There shoul
I have done this multiple times, actually
I purchase my own so that I may make notes within the textbook.
Did not know this service was available.
Even though it was an older edition.
with the library had every book
There is only one copy of the textbook in the library and this makes i
Putting it on reserve online would be better. There are a lot of us onli
Only if I was unable to purchase the book at all, which has never bee
You have no guarantee that the book will be available when you nee
My son has tried to do this several times, and the most expense texts
Never be enough in stock.
none
This became available at my university this year, however there were
You don't have to make it harder! Solve the problem, not create a ne
I have checked out textbooks from the library before and found it ver
i am an on-line student and this is not an option i could use.
I am an online student and do not have that option.
I don't think we have that here. If we do then I never heard of it.
Some professors do not reserve their textbook in the library and a lot
I've known people who have done this before at one of my undergrad
There is no library at the campus that I attend.
I live off campus and work full time so I would not be able to access t
Never thought about it!
I have used textbooks on reserve but going to the library is not alway
Though using a free textbook would be ideal, I want to keep my math
The books reserve in the library are outnumbered by the students in
I'm in online classes and don't go to the library except electronically.
If it was a class that we didn't have to use a book much and mostly u
Great idea for professors. If the book doesn't cost much and it's only
Many of the english writting guides are too expensive and not used e
The reason that I don't do this is because there are other kids in my c
I actually used a book that was on reserve in the library this past sum
There isn't always an option of this, or the book isn't available when I
The library never has enough textbooks to lend. The concept is a jok
I buy most of my textbooks to keep them.
I have never had the opportunity to use a textbook on course reserve
It is a bit more of a hassle at times but if I'm in a bind I'll do what I hav
I would try to, however I wouldn't feel very good about using it if there
However, 1-5 textbooks ... at 1-2hrs in a sessions ... divided by 100-2
have done so numerous time.
It is cheaper and often times more affective because it is located in th
I am attending UCD, so the course reserve at the library in Commerc
There usually isnt many, if any on reserves and it is a pain that you c
I usually purchase my books from Barnes and Noble or from Amazon
It is far too inconvenient for me to use a library reserve textbook, give
I live to far from university resources to do that.
good idea
I didn't know that option was available. I would have done that if I wo
I take most of my classes online, so this would be inconvienent to me
This option is not possible since I am taking online classes.
or rent
If I could rent the book might as well not buy it.
I use the library and donate my old textbooks regularly. Its hard for m
I would definately use a book that was on course reserve at the librar
As long as I could bring it home.
Having a book on reserve keep me aware that I must get my work do
The library does not have textbooks for my field.
I haven't done this yet
As a graduate student who is taking all courses online, this is not a v
Cost money to make copies. Someone else may already be using it.
Only if I was allowed to have it the whole semester....
I will use that option if avalible but so will 45 more students or so.
I didn't know there was one.
I don't see the point in doing this because you can't check it out and
Only if that was possible. If it is then the teachers haven't said anythi
That would be WAY better!
If I could use it throughout the semester I would, but I expect a shorte
Impractical when you live off campus and only get to campus 2 times
I was not aware of the option.
if it is a regularly needed book, borrowing from the library can cause
We should have a donation station for students to donate their textbo
Especially if it is only supportive material
I prefer to own a text that can be marked in and is easily accessable
I lucked out of having to buy two different books for a 2 semester cla
I am a commuter student and I live far from campus so this is not a v
For my major I have kept most of my textbooks for reference.
Only if it were available online or at the extension campuses. I do no
Especially for books that I rarely use.
Too inconvenient
I like my own books so I can use them when I need them and write in
Some professors do not put their books on reserve at the library beca
it would not be very convienient to utilize the book as the sole source
Definitely, especially if its only used for exercises, and I might actual
But it is so hard to do so when there is only one book on reserve and
I need to be able to see my textbook not only when it is that I need to
I like my own copy of text.
I am a distance student and this is not an option for me.
I have in the paste had to use a reserved text book before because i
If it means cutting costs, then as a working student I would use book
I have checked, this is a good idea, except the library never has had
good idea!!!!!!
Too inconvenient for where I live.
Everyone should have there own book.
I need to write and highlight in my textbooks.
I have also checked out previous editions of textbooks from the librar
If there was enough available....typically not.
Chances are everyone else would be too.
Depends on the difficulty of the course--how many other students wo
The textbooks are never available in the course reserve because the
I did do this with for the book I did not purchase. I found many times
I would want to BUT sometimes there aren't enough or there isn't one
I have to have my own book.
I live an hour away and could not accomodate my reading with the co
This is hard because someone is always using that book and it is no
no way to be sure it is available when I need it
I live an hour and a half from the campus and have three kids. I can't
I live an hour and a half from the campus and have three kids. I can't
I go the Midlothian campus and am unable to make it to the Commer
I am taking courses online and live 8 hours from campus so this is no
That is just not feesable for commuter students.
One class did this for us with extra material. A couple books that wer
I need access to the books after library hours and off campus (as I am
I go to UCD campus and it has no library there.
unreliable
I am a commuter and don't have time to be on campus everytime I ne
I like to write in my books. I may want to keep certain books for refere
I do this for virtually all of my textbooks since purchasing the first few
This is a burden.
This is not an option for me as I am a DE student and obviously the c
But then it was never available because someone else was already u
I am one who buys all textbooks either required or recommended.
Too risky to depend on the availability of a book for a class. I'm afrai
This is what I do now.
I like to write and highlight my books
I don't like going to the library to have to do one simple task, over an
I would just borrow someone else's textbook or make a copy.
I was not aware that this was an option.
I'm in a cohort that is located away from main campus so this option
There is usually a need to supplement course texts with library resou
I have done this many times during my education
I have tried this but usually the book is already being used or is chec
Its hard to tell when you will need your book. Having to go to the libr
I have done that for many textbooks this year, especially if they are o
Due to limited locations for getting reserved reading materials for the
Its free.
The Learning Resources center through the College of Medicine is g
If I knew this option was available, I definitely would do it.
I have done this for summer course when I can find on at my local lib
And do often in medical school!
If the textbook is required for a course, I like to have it to use whenev
duh
All the time
I prefer owning my own books for future references
Jus would be kind of tough because what if someone esle needed th
This would be problematic as part of the Austin Cohort so definitely w
I didn't know this was an available option.
Sometimes I am doing homework at odd hours and am not at a librar
I need to have a textbook at home so I can keep up with my course w
good idea
There is just never enough to use them. Usually only one or 2 per cl
Didn't know this option was available.
There are never enough copies on reserve and it is highly inconvenie
My history class has four of the 8 books on reserve, but my teacher a
IF WE HAD MORE THAN 1 COPY!
There are usually other students wanting to use the text book on rese
If I was an oncampus student I would certainly take this option.
This would save me the cost! Education is not cheap. Every penny s
I know many people that do this. Like the majority of students @ TAM
I have difficulty using books on reserve because it is difficult getting t
When you only have to use a textbook 3-4 times a semester, this is v
Tried to this year for INFO 209. Instead a spent over $200 for a book
If they ever had more than 2 copies of any book.
there is a lack of accessibility
Some library's don't have the textbooks.
In some of my literature courses, I've been able to go to the library (p
Although the Library offers great hours, it is just not possible for me t
if there were more copies. its hard to get the copy they do have espe
Do not have time to visit library or would be afraid to rely on a source
I have done this in the past however it is again more inconvenience f
I do this all the time
I think this is a must. This way students can still study even if they do
That is not a realistic option. The books are so few in number that it w
I work full time outside of school and am usually not able to make it t
No I have not, but I have heard of it, and eventhough they are availab
Several classmates do this, but I however rather have my own perso
This is such a hassle because I feel rushed to read the material since
Living off-campus does not make it easy. I come to campus for even
However, there should be enough available copies because they ma
I have done this quite a few times.
I'm doing that with all 4 classes this semester and getting by just fine
Yes, I have used a text from the library but they run out and cant sup
I am an online student so this would not be an option for me.
I like to have the book to keep for my future reference.
The limited time for the use of the textbook.
I'm not in College Station, so this is inconvenient.
The Library Never has textbooks that are used in class.
Too difficult for on-line students.
Although there is some disadvantage of only renting it for a while, I a
For my majors courses I prefer to keep the texts in case I can use the
The only problem with this is that you can't annotate in it.
I did this a couple of times. But it's interesting that many textbooks ar
I would do this if I was guaranteed the book would always be there, b
This would make it difficult if I could only use the book by going to the
I have utilized this resource in past semesters.
I prefer to have my own book that I can take home, but sometimes th
This would be less expensive for students, and then we would not ha
This option is hardly convenient for the student and one has to hope
the online books I haven't used since I purchase the copy of the book
I would consider this option if I was sure that I wouldn't want to hang
I highlight my books.
Very limiting.
There are, of course, benefits to both. At a school like Texas A&M th
Maybe. Depends on how the book was being used for the class. If i
I rarely study in the library, so a book on reserve would be of limited
I would much rather check out a book or go to the library to use it tha
Often books on course reserve are unavailable for the entire semest
I am a math major, so the books I use in these classes, I keep for ref
If I did truly need a textbook, I wouldn't want to leave it to chance tha
It would depend on if I wanted to have the book for reference.
With paying for my college myself, I spend all of my time in school an
There wouldn't be enough for everyone, and I'd not be able to take it
Only if there are "enough" of them. There are often "mad rushes" for
I have done this for multiple classes already!
I would prefer digital.
I want my own copy.
I don't actually know what "course reserve" means. Does that mean w
I do this but not all classes have their books on reserve, and others' r
I like to have my own and what if I go study in the library and the only
I wish there were more on reserve at the library!
I've tried this, but it's always resulted in the book being recalled and
As I am an online student, I don't have this option available to me.
But they n