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  • 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? 

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  • qlewis 10:22 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bookstore, , hold, holding, longer, , policy, ,   

    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 3:41 am on October 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , bookstore, getting, , , , , purchase, walking, way   

    Poll: How do you purchase books from the bookstore? 

     
  • 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
    Tags: , , bookstore, buy, , condition, , often,   

    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 3:09 am on October 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: articles, , , , , bookstore, , fort, , , newspaper, , star, telegram, , times, , worth, york   

    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
    Tags: best, , , bookstore, , , needed, , , , qualifications   

    Poll: Qualifications Needed to Create a College Bookstore? 

     
  • qlewis 12:01 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bity Book Bite part quatro: ISBN numbers 

    One thing that makes searching for books much easier is giving college bookstores and regular bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders the ISBN number.

    On the back of the book, usually at the lower right or lower left side is a list of numbers ranging from 10 to 13 numbers.

    If you want to avoid mishaps on getting the right version of a book check the ISBN number. It also saves a lot of time when searching for the book again if you forget the title and have to check again. In addition, if you call a Barnes & Noble or any other bookstore they will actually search the book by the ISBN number if you ask for a book by it. It saved me a lot of time junior year.

     
  • qlewis 11:46 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: a, , , bookstore, bookstores, , , , good, , , , saying, , which   

    Poll: Should college bookstores provide a list saying which books are good for buyback? 

     
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