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  • qlewis 10:17 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Analyzing, , , , , , , Interterm, , textbook   

    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 3:39 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , checking, , , schedule, setting, textbook, , up   

    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
    Tags: , , , , , save, textbook,   

    Poll: Do you save textbook receipts? 

     
  • qlewis 12:45 am on November 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , complex, disruptive, graph, jester, , technology, textbook, world   

    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 3:09 am on October 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: articles, , , , , , , fort, , , newspaper, , star, telegram, textbook, 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.

     
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