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  • qlewis 3:41 am on October 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Poll: How do you purchase books from the bookstore? 

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  • qlewis 3:25 am on October 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Book Brouhaha: The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) 

    University of Dallas Textbook Manager Matt told me of a new law that was implemented this year that should make buying textbooks easier for college students: The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)

    Started in July 1, 2010, the act qualifies that every student gets all information in regards to their classes before school ends or even before the next semester starts. Under Section 133, part a, the act details itself as so:

    “The purpose of this section is to ensure that students have access to affordable course materials by decreasing costs to students and enhancing transparency and disclosure with respect to the selection, purchase, sale, and use of course materials. It is the intent of this section to encourage all of the involved parties, including faculty, students, administrators, institutions of higher education, bookstores, distributors, and publishers, to work together to identify ways to decrease the cost of college textbooks and supplemental materials for students while supporting the academic freedom of faculty members to select high quality course materials for students.”

    Listed on the University of Dallas website, under the Students tab lists the Banner Web section.

    When going into the University of Dallas bookstore, bring Manager Matt your schedule listing the classes you plan on taking. In Banner Web there is a new section in which one can look up the classes and the books required for that class. He can show students exactly where to look if they have any trouble finding it.

    At this point in time I cannot tell exactly where to look because students cannot register for classes at this time. Only when a student registers for the class can they access all the book information. The class schedule can be found in Banner Web but you need to get your adviser’s pin number

    For more information on HEOA here are some links:

    The guidelines

    The History

     
  • qlewis 2:27 am on October 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bity Book Bite: Online or Bookstore? Used books 

    One major obstacle when choosing between buying a book at the bookstore or ordering the book online is whether or not the book will be in good condition. Especially used books.

    There is a catch 22 of sorts when buying a book from the bookstore may produce a book that when you flip through a few pages they fall out or when ordering online a person says the book is “used-like new.”

    At least at the University of Dallas, they allow students to sift through a used book before they buy it. That way they can see for sure whether or not the book will last.

    Online there is no way to check and see. You just have to wait and hope for the best. Also what may seem to the online seller as “like new” may turn out to be different than what you consider.

    Personally, if one has to use the internet to get used books then one good guide is to pay attention to the grades people give the seller. Here are a few examples:

    • Amazon.com uses a star system with their sellers but they also have sellers promoted by themselves. Those are the sellers to buy from because it is more likely to get a used book in good shape though their prices may be higher than other used book sellers.

    • Half.com uses votes but allows people to scroll down and choose what condition of used book they want and choose the star rating of their seller feedback in regard to the used book.

    • Barnes and Noble.com uses ratings and stars for their used books. Along with where the book will be shipping from and its due days of arrival:

    If anything, when buying used always make sure the money going into the purchase was spent wisely.

     
  • qlewis 1:44 am on October 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Poll: In college bookstores which condition of books do you often buy? 

     
  • qlewis 8:35 pm on October 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Employing Shelf Tags in University of Dallas 

    Shelf Tags are a very important thing to look at in the University of Dallas bookstore. Each tag lists the class number which the book is for. If the teacher has more than one book needed for their class then when you find one book you can see on the left hand corner how many are left for their class.

    Usually a shelf tag looks similar to this one below:

    This year I saw there are “For Rent” tags that distinguish the new system. These have been newly implemented and so hopefully the system makes it easier for students who can’t purchase the book right away to have it ready for class.

    The biggest clue to determine which books are for rent and which aren’t if the “for rent” tab is not on the side of the shelf tag is a section below the prices that says the rental price.

    So pay close attention when in the bookstore. These shelf tags have cleared much confusion.

    Thanks to Manager Matt for allowing the photos to be taken. Thanks to picture taker of photos of shelf tags that were taken by Laura Victor. Through the eyes of a freshman she observes with new eyes the UD system. Her blog can be found here

     
  • qlewis 3:55 am on October 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bity Book Bite: Half.com 

    I usually don’t hear about this site often but for those who haven’t found the site yet, it is worth a look.

    The site describes itself as part of an Ebay company and also provides sources for selling videos, DVD’s, CD’s, etc.

    The first page you see looks like this:

    Once there one can use the search engine and look for books just like other sites. In a way it works like Amazon.com, one can set up an account and sell their stuff through their site.

    To find out more here is the link

    I find this site easier to navigate than Amazon.com but that is just my opinion.

     
  • qlewis 4:39 am on October 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bity Book Bite: Book Questionaire, High School to College 

    Can you recall a book that you read in high school that you had to read again in college?

    Comment below.

     
  • qlewis 3:09 am on October 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bity Book Bite: Textbook prices, Why So High? 

    “The textbook market is like the pharmaceutical market: the people who have the most influence over what is purchased (doctors and professors) don’t have to pay for their choices. Students do.”

    That is the first sentence in a New York Times article titled: “The Real Cost of College Textbooks”

    In the article, a professor describes how publishers, through the cost they place on books, basically fund the colleges/universities they send the books to. I was first informed of this by University of Dallas Textbook Manager Matt but I had to look some things up myself to be really sure.

    I have faced high textbook prices and have been angry at them, particularly anything Biology, Astronomy, Chemistry, that field related because those books tended to be the most costly…and Art.

    I agree that students suffer the most when it comes to textbooks and the situation doesn’t seem to get any better with the economy being in a slump.

    Another article from the Fort Worth Star Telegram titled “New federal rules aim to help college students with textbook costs” showcased interviews with students at Texas A&M and their experiences with buying textbooks. I am surprised no one swore.

    I should note that both of these articles were made in July 2010 a few months before the school year started so it is recent.

    If universities must have students buy the books from their bookstores to earn funds then hopefully they can find a way to lower the prices.

    Manager Matt continues to watch over the books and keep observing parents’ and students’ agitated looks.

     
  • qlewis 2:48 am on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Poll: Qualifications Needed to Create a College Bookstore? 

     
  • qlewis 2:06 am on October 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Manager Matt knows where it’s at 

    While the University of Dallas site lists Anita Johnson as the Bookstore Manager, it is the guy with the auburn sideburns named Matt who one should go to.

    Matt takes in the requests the professors hand over as to which books need to be sent to the University. Sometimes those same professors change their minds but the books still find their way in.

    The next few blog posts will focus on what Matt faces as the Textbook manager and what he has observed each year. As each new semester comes in, one can only hope that the books come in.

    P.S. For starters, Matt says that the book prices are not instituted by the University of Dallas. The books’ publishers charge the prices and he lists them.

     
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