Textbook Freneticism

So it’s yet another New Year but still some old habits die very hard, or are more likely immortal, especially Procrastination…So even though this was imagined Last Semester (and all pertinent tabs were kept open on my laptop all these months) here is an attempt at analysis of the online Textbook Search & Acquisition process in honor of my daughter’s Freshman year in college.

By way of brief background, she attends a local college with a Barnes & Noble campus bookstore that has a “low price guarantee” which inadvertently gave me more peace of mind than true “low price” access when we foolishly decided to buy her first semester’s books on campus then troll the Internet to achieve the guaranteed best prices.  So I spent many hours trying to compile my best effort at getting us the “best” deals…most of which was negated by the campus bookstore “guarantees” fine print.

So this semester it’s live & learn & hopefully not more rinse & repeat.  Unfortunately she didn’t get a jump on signing up for the Winter Term’s Classes & Christmas Chaos & exhaustion crept into my own energy resources.  That’s why we are less than a week before classes start and I’m Finally attempting another online textbook search.

Last semester’s fantasy envisionment of today’s posting meant that I would write up my findings in a very analytic “report” that could be consulted by myself & others in the future and could potentially see tweaking into some type of “article” that could be “sold” for wider posting.  Today’s reality is that here will be an “as is” attempt to articulate at the most basic level what I’ve encountered so far and which may receive further analytical tweaking down the road to polish it up further…

5-23-17 update:  My intentions of hyper analysis will likely never be realized apart from someone actually wanting to pay me for my time here…so here’s where the process actually ended up.  One of the websites I checked allowed searching multiple titles at once and offered the best total price option.  You could select several parameters (whether new, used, or rental and lowest total price or best price for just one source for all) to personalize your experience.  This site was revolutionary after the Many Hours I had spent trying to deal with this complex process.  Ultimately I ended up making a “low price” decision involving several vendors…this worked quite well!

 

Here is an image of that multifaceted search from what is sure to be my Starting Point for any further textbook searches!

 

Lowest Combined Price (All Bookstores)

*Click the book’s price to go to the bookstore

New Used Ebook Rental
9780393340730 – The Lifespan of a Fact TextbookRush MarketTextbookRush Market + $4.58 +
9781285436500 – Writing Analytically KnetbooksKnetbooks + + + $23.41
9780872206335 – Five Dialogues : Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo Half.comHalf.com + $2.20 + +
9780872206410 – God KnetbooksKnetbooks + + $13.94
9780205863792 – The DK Handbook : Researching, Desigining, Documenting, Proofreading, Arguing, Writing, Editing, Revising AlibrisAlibris $8.00 + + +
(1 new and 2 used and 2 rental) $51.01
Shipping and Handling: $10.47

Lowest Total (All Bookstores) $61.48

 Applicable Coupons
 from this website:
This is the end of the 5-23-17 insert…

So here is the first textbook I’m searching for this semester with pertinent results noted:

LIFESPAN OF A FACT

LIFESPAN OF A FACT

REQUIRED |By DAGATA

  • EDITION:   12
  • PUBLISHER:   NORTON
  • ISBN:   9780393340730
      • RENT USED $8.10
        (Return by 04/28/2017)

        SAVE 55%
      • RENT NEW $11.65
        (Return by 04/28/2017)
      • BUY USED$13.45
      • BUY NEW$17.95

Savings calculated off the new book price

 

Now to look at the Internet options, in no particular order:

 

http://www.slugbooks.com/search_MS1.html

The Lifespan of a Fact

by John D’Agata | ISBN: 9780393340730 (view details)


Textbook(s)
 showing the columns with input & their categories, last column to search for pricing if wanting to sell the book…

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$1795

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$419Buy It
$738Buy It
$458Buy It

 

https://www.valorebooks.com/textbooks/lifespan-of-a-fact/9780393340730

top used price (of many shown):

$4.58

$3.95 shipping

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top new price (of many) shown:

$9.97

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http://www.textbookland.com/waitpage.html?ISBN=0393340732

this website worked for the Fall Semester but currently having problems…

 

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This one factors in the discount for re-selling the book in the net price…
Above is a link from last semester where Chegg.com allowed some digital access to a book purchased while waiting for the copy to arrive….or this may have been just a preview of the text electronically that could aid in someone in deciding between a paper & electronic version of a particular textbook (I believe this was the only site that offered such a preview)…
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(Due date 06/02/2017)

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can click on the links for greater details….

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This is the info from the cheapest rental option…

 

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John D’Agata, Jim Fingal

Published by W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN 10: 0393340732 ISBN 13: 9780393340730

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showing just the top three items, but it compares new, used, & buyback prices…

 

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This site appears able to hold multiple items on internal tabs for lots of comparisons…

 

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This is an example of the coupons that can be accessed from dealoz.com by clicking on the coupon link within the offerings…
top new listing:
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