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  • qlewis 4:15 am on November 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bity Book Bites: Buying Books from the Airport? 

    Recently I went to Illinois to visit family for Thanksgiving. I noticed in the airport there were quite a few bookstores. Most catered to popular best sellers but in some shelves there were public domain books like Great Expectations. I know for certain that a airport would not carry textbooks on call but for those who are in English classes they may want to visit an airport bookstore and compare prices. If you are waiting for the flight to take off then it might be a good idea to see what deals you can find.

    I don’t know what books I will need for Literary Tradition III but I can say that I have a new outlet for searching for books at least literature wise. I would like to know what uncommon places have people found good book deals whether they were for textbooks or literature books. Anyway that is all for now as I try to recover for tomorrow.

     
  • qlewis 3:51 am on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Poll: For next semester which online book service do you plan on using? 

     
  • qlewis 5:02 am on November 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Update on UD Banner Web 

    On Friday I went to the bookstore to see if the system Manager Matt told me about a few weeks back was installed yet. So far, he has not received any requests from the teachers so he has not been able to provide a list of books for next semester nor Interterm.

    That’s all.

     
  • qlewis 10:22 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Poll: Should the University of Dallas bookstore hold books longer? 

    At this moment a book reserved at the University of Dallas bookstore can be hold until the end of the day. However this may prove a problem for some as they try and get the money to pay for the book.

    Voice your opinion now.

     
  • qlewis 10:17 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bity Book Bite: Analyzing Semester Books 

    Another year, another semester around the corner. I don’t know but I am taking Interterm and looking to see which books are needed for that period of time. I had Interterm a past year and compared what I would have had if I had taken the class as a regular class versus Interterm. It may stink that you are taking a class during a time that should be a break but the one major benefit of Interterm is that there are fewer books to bring to class.

    If that is not so for you then what standards does your Interterm class have in terms of book load? Do they require the same amount of books as a regular semester or do they cut a few and only reserve the essential textbooks?

     
  • qlewis 1:27 am on November 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Poll: Have you heard of the Higher Education Opportunity Act? 

     
  • qlewis 3:39 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bity Book Bite: Textbook Checking by Setting up the Schedule 

    To the University of Dallas students, one important thing coming up this week is registering for new classes. Once a student sets those up it is time to find out which books are available now and then to compare them later on in the year. Some books may change between now and the next semester but some books remain the same for a class each semester so ask early.

    Get easier deals now as more people will try to sell their books back after Midterms or after Finals. Secure a book by looking at your finished schedule and then once a student is sure that those are the classes are the ones they want, get the books that won’t change between now and next semester.

    Less books to get when the next semester rolls in.

     
  • qlewis 10:59 pm on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Poll: Do you save textbook receipts? 

     
  • qlewis 12:45 am on November 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bity Book Bite: Graph of a College Textbook 

    Scrolling for more advice on escaping higher textbook prices and I come across on Google Images this interesting graph:


    Click to enlarge

    As expected I am not the only one blogging about raising textbook prices, and this graph came from a 2008 post made by the Disruptive Library Technology Jester. It details the basic structure of how a textbook is bought to the moment when a student tries to sell the book back. The article where the graph came from, “The Complex World of The Textbook,” contained valuable information on the subject of textbooks ranging from ebooks to student’s reactions to the rising textbook prices.

    The article has updated since it’s first post and is still open for those who want to input their thoughts. The link can be found here.

     
  • qlewis 2:21 am on November 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Saving Book Receipts 

    The ever important receipt. For those who have credit or debit cards, it is a life saver when one needs to return or verify a purchase.

    For the University of Dallas, their bookstore allows a short period of time where a student can return a book that they had bought, new or used, to the bookstore and get the full price back…only if they brought the book’s receipt with them as well.

    Usually this window of opportunity lasts the first few weeks of the semester (usually three or four) and the reason for this is that some teachers change at the last minute which books are required for their class and so a student may have spent precious money on a book they don’t need…at all.

    There are pros and cons to this depending on what payment method you choose when buying the book.

    If you bought the book with cash then when you bring in the receipt then you can get the money back in cash. However if you bought the book using a credit card or check then the bookstore has to get ahold of the bank you are with.

    Check your bank’s policies on refunds and fees because each bank is different in how they handle returned money. I had to wait four days for my fee with Bank of America to be returned to my account and in the meanwhile I still needed to buy books.

    Also keeping the receipts in a knowledgeable place is another issue. Even if you know you have the receipt it is best to know where it is at all times for those first few weeks.

    Check the bag the books came in to make sure the receipt was taken out of the bag. Sometimes when discarding the bag, one ends up throwing away the receipt as well.

    Personally, I use my receipts as bookmarks for my books so that I know where they are in case I need them. Other good spots are beside the bed or in a designated corner on a table or desk.

    Whatever works for you is good as long as you remember. Receipts are good tools to keep.

     
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