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  • qlewis 12:28 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: The Last Role Call 

    Finals are approaching and the classes have come to a close. This will be my last entry before signing off for a good while. I have had fun typing these blog posts and hopefully helping out with some tips on University of Dallas’ bookstores. This blog has had its ups and downs and too many polls but hey it was my first. I may want to come back and see if things have changed again in between semesters but for now this is my last entry for the year. I hope to expand more on my knowledge on blogging and in turn I hope everyone has a good semester next spring and do well on Finals! Signing Out.

     
  • qlewis 1:11 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Getting the timing right 

    Finals are getting close University of Dallas students and while studying may be the first thing to do there is also time to look at the schedule and see which days are good for selling your books back. For others this is a time to catch those students selling books and intercept them if they have just finished a class you need to take next semester.

    Here is the link to see what the exam schedule is: Finals 2010 Schedule

    One thing that cannot be helped is timing. Sometimes the students who have a class on the first day of testing get their books for a higher price than students with the same class doing book buyback at a later testing day. So what to do?

    Do not despair. Sort out the books that can be used for buyback early and see which ones are not needed for a upcoming final. Those books are the easiest to sell on the first day of buyback.

    Second, sometimes there are lines of people waiting for their turn to buyback a book. Strike up a conversation with a person in front or behind you and see which classes they are taking. They may be ending a class that you are taking next semester so exchange information and get their books.

    Third option is to talk to a teacher. They can see if they can reach students that have taken their class a previous semester and see if they still have their books. I lucked out one year when I took a Spanish class and my teacher contacted a former student of hers and I got the book from him. Maybe it can work for you, but don’t expect this option to be open with every teacher.

    Enjoy the Christmas break while at the same time do not stress out over future Finals. I hope to pass and not get angry at myself when grades come in. Happy hunting.

     
  • qlewis 12:55 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Laugh or Give sighs of Relief UD students for Valero Books 

    Of all the sites I searched for cheap and new textbooks I don’t think I ever came across one that has its own Youtube channel. I have found one and was left dumbfounded by their video. The company is Valore Books and they have their own mascot in the form of a beaver named Victor. He became an honorary student at PSU.

    Also included on the site are links to their Facebook page, Twitter page, Myspace page, information about scholarships, video clips of the Jersey Shore show for some reason, and their blog.

    To access their services you have to sign up and make an account just like what Amazon.com does. They will accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover credit cards as payment for their books.

    Below is their Youtube video posted four years ago in regards to the increasing textbook prices. I have no words for what I saw, but it is safe for work.

    P.S. Their goal is to have 15,000 fans someday.

     
  • 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 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 10:17 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 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.

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

     
  • 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

     
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