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I think I have a textbook buying addiction

post #1 of 9
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Don't get me wrong I don't just buy them and let them sit, I do read and learn from them, but gosh the list of what "I have keeps growing. And grew by 4 more today. I get them cheap usually .50-1.00 a piece. I have run out of shelf space for them, now I have a stack under my desk and a stack in my bedroom. Here is what I have:

New ones today:
Business English & Communications
Computers tools for an information age (plan to give to a friend wanting to get a computer systems degree)
Mathematics for Business Careers
Contemporary math for business and consumers (one of these math books I plan to see if my mom wants)
Medical dictionary
Psychology case book
Fundamentals of business communications
Orgnazation of Business
Medical Language textbook
Intro to Psychology in Modules
Sociology tectbook
Peds. Nursing textbook
abnormal psy. kids
abnormal psy. adults
intro to psy. (2 different editions of this one)

Plus a teacher at the college is about to give me more psy. books free.

I think I have a problem here but of all the problems to have this is a better one lol. At least I am learning something.
post #2 of 9
I think I'm worse. One of my favorate past times is to surf the web looking for text books or other academic related material. I have 3 bookshelves filled with mostly text books. Some of the ones I have(off the top of my head):

Calculus(5 different versions)
2 different calculus Solutions manulas
Linear Algebra
Elementary Number Theory
Elementary Number Theory solutions manual
Modern Philosophy
Calculus for Dummies
C++ for Dummies
Visual Basic for Dummies
Java for Dummies
HTTP for Dummies
Introduction to Experimental Psychology
DSM IV-TR
Visual Basic 6.0
Visual Basic.Net
Website design
Programming in Java
Websters Dictionary
Websters Thasorus
Physics
English-French Dictionary
post #3 of 9
I love books too! Even educational ones.

When I went back to school we were given a long list of books to buy. Some of them were $200!!! No way could I afford that. I looked on the bulletin board and talked to my sister-in-law who went to nursing school about 10 years before I did. Between the 2 I managed to get the books I needed absolutely free. Granted they were older versions (3 to 10 years old) and the page numbers we were given to read were different than in my versions, but the content was the exact same thing. Turns out that we barely used most of the text books anyway. Turns out they were more for reference than to actually read because most of what we needed to learn was covered in class lectures. I saved myself about $1,000.00 by scouting around for used books.

I still kept many of them too, and the ones I didn't, I passed along to a first year nursing student who was very grateful to get them.
post #4 of 9
I also have a lot of them.
post #5 of 9
I keep getting them at garage sales and the used book store ... learning is a good addiction IMHO
post #6 of 9
When I was in college I'd buy extra texts for some of my classes. They always came in handy too. Like when my professor for my design studio course didn't cover cost estimating as thoroughly as I needed; I was able to figure it out with a book I'd found online. After my Instructor saw it; she started recommending that book as an optional supplemental text.

I've been thinking of finding a book to brush up on some math that I haven't done in a while.
post #7 of 9
I've got some text books from my course this year I'd donate to your collection if you lived near by.

I've got a big collection of cat related books- things like CFA almanacs.
post #8 of 9
I Love text books and buy them cheep when I can find them. They are so nice to have, specialy if you are in college. It is nice to have your own little library when you need to check something at 10 O'clock at night.

Most of mine are Chemistry, algebra and a ton medical science.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
I love books too! Even educational ones.

When I went back to school we were given a long list of books to buy. Some of them were $200!!! No way could I afford that. I looked on the bulletin board and talked to my sister-in-law who went to nursing school about 10 years before I did. Between the 2 I managed to get the books I needed absolutely free. Granted they were older versions (3 to 10 years old) and the page numbers we were given to read were different than in my versions, but the content was the exact same thing. Turns out that we barely used most of the text books anyway. Turns out they were more for reference than to actually read because most of what we needed to learn was covered in class lectures. I saved myself about $1,000.00 by scouting around for used books.

I still kept many of them too, and the ones I didn't, I passed along to a first year nursing student who was very grateful to get them.
The one semester I've spent in nursing school so far (I'm applying to another school right now b/c I didn't pass a class by 21 pts) we used the Fundamentals book. A lot. I really don't like the Pharmacology one (and that's the class I struggled in), but it does have good info on drugs, so I'm going to keep it anyhow.

And Ping- if I knew how much you loved books- I would have sent you my sociology book. I brought it back to the bookstore b/c I just didn't need it- and I got a whole $4.50 for an $85 textbook
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