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Old 03-02-2010, 04:30   #1
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Question for students - where do you buy your books from?

I was thinking of selling some textbooks in the UK via Amazon and it appears not too many textbooks get sold via Amazon. So i was curious as to where people buy their books from? Does everyone pretty much get them from the University/College bookstore? Or are there other sites more popular than Amazon for that sort of thing?
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:46   #2
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When I was a physics student I found that most required textbooks where written by the lecturers doing the course. This kind of limits the second hand market to those doing the same course the next year. The best place to advertise these was on the department notice board or in the student union. With textbooks that are cover a broader scope tend to be needed for several years and also get updated yearly. So by the time you have finished with them they are a few editions behind. I never sold these on.
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http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/welcome.jsp

Have stores on most Uni campuses, which sell second hand textbooks too
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http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/welcome.jsp

Have stores on most Uni campuses, which sell second hand textbooks too
They sell books at full retail. Amazon is cheaper. And their 3rd party sellers market looks horrid.
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Yes, I know they do, but they also buy back textbooks too. Well they did back in 2002
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Yes, I know they do, but they also buy back textbooks too. Well they did back in 2002
I'd rather pay 10-15 quid less and sell it myself, hell, they probably wouldn't give you much more than 10-15 quid on a 50 quid textbook.
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Did the forum run out of students or is everyone just downloading their textbooks these days
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Not much more to add really. As BigDavie said, Uni students are told to buy specific books for that course, many of which are only available in the campus bookshop. There was always a thriving 2nd hand market on campus which seemed to suit everyone.

I do remember one lecturer making us buy his book package for Ł90 saying 2nd hand copies from last year would be useless due to it being an old version - which was proven to be a lie when all he had done was add a new chapter. Cue much photocopying!
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My OH did a teaching degree and PGCE. She managed to sell all but 1 of her text books on Amazon, most of them for good prices as well.
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Never trust the lecturers that flog their own books. The library usually has many copies of the core texts so use them.
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Quite a few universities are moving to eBooks which you can only download through their intranets, although I often send my students to Amazon marketplace. Some lecturers have referral systems with publishers so that they get free books when X amount of students buy from some link, but I would feel like a crook knowingly sending them to a more expensive place.
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I get all mine from the library and just keep renewing them, but my course isn't that popular I suppose
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