my mother used to say,
"words are precious,
and your life depends
on the amount we are each given;
keep them close to your heart
and write what you cannot say -
for the pieces you share with this world
are the ones that will keep you a part of it
even after you are gone.”
- Pavana पवन
Ingo Arndt Animal Architecture
“Every day, all over the world, animals and insects set about the purposeful tasks of designing their homes, catching their prey, and attracting their mates. In the process they create gorgeous nests, shelters, and habitats. Capturing 120 of these wonders in all their beauty and complexity, Animal Architecture presents a visually arresting tribute to the intersection of nature, science, function, and design.”
I just watched a kid break down in the bookstore because his books for the semester totaled $600 and that’s the american university system in a nutshell
I was on the verge of tears when I got to the cashier so yeah, that’s messed up
While I entirely support following that link, I also suggest going to Abe Books or Book Depository or even eBay to see if there are inexpensive print versions of books you need. I haven’t paid full-price for any of my texts while I’m in school… because that would DOUBLE the cost of school.
I use the ISBN of the require books and search the cheap sites for them.
Good luck out there, guys!
Paging FenrisLorsrai! Come work your resource magic on this post!
I HAVE BEEN SUMMONED. (but I’ll post on my actual bookstore account)
Quick anddirty meta search for books: Addall. it’ll crawl 40+ book sites at once including ABE, ALibris, Amazon, Half in both domestic AND foreign versions.
Meta search #2! GetTextbooks.com which focuses specifically on textbooks. It omits some foreign sites that AddAll includes, BUT it also includes a whole bunch of rentals as well. Renting is probably the most cost effective method overall.
NOW, HOW TO SEARCH!
First determine a few things:
- Make sure you have the ISBN
- IF IT IS A BUNDLE: Determine if you need a software key/CD/workbook/lab book or not. Many times you do not. Math classes increasingly NEED the software key, but more on that later
- ASK THE PROFESSOR: If this is not the first edition of the book, can you use a previous edition? One edition back is generally half the cost of current, two is generally about 1/8th the cost. Generally you can get away with this if its material that doesn’t change rapidly. Your course on the Civil War, you can probably use two editions back. Your computer programming class on latest greatest language… you probably need newest edition.
- FOR LITERATURE CLASSES: determine if you book is from before 1929. If it is, its in public domain, you can almost certain get a free copy online. If they want a SPECIFIC copy for an essay bundled with book, see below.
Now, run your search by ISBN using the two metasearch sites. Open them in separate tabs.
gettextbooks shows you WITH the shipping, Addall does NOT show you the shipping. keep this in mind when you’re comparing. You’ll see a lot of duplication. GetTextbooks will also show you SOME variants.
Now that you have those open, open two more tabs. Run a second search on same two sites using the author and exact title you picked up from search #1. This will show you all the international editions and weird bundles that don’t exactly match the ISBN of the bookstore
WHAT THE HELL IS AN INTERNATIONAL EDITION: its a paperback version of the US version with an angry notice on the cover saying “NOT FOR SALE OUTSIDE INDONESIA”. Its the same book, but way cheaper. ignore the angry warning, the US Supreme Court has your back. NO, REALLY. Right of first sale, baby! ignore the angry warning and you basically have same book, it just isn’t printed with ink made from student tears and unobtanium.
Now filter results based on whether you need any Extra materials or not.
IF YOU DO NEED THE EXTRA MATERIALS: this is where it gets tricky. an intact bundle is generally the most expensive option or near top end of price curve. If you NEED the other materials, you may be able to get them cheaper in pieces. and you can buy mismatched pieces!
Say for example you need a math textbook, but need the software key for the math problem program. The professor said you can use older book. Buy a math book that one or more editions back and then buy the software key separately from the SOFTWARE manufacturer. You’ll find the software keys on booksites all by themselves, but they’re generally way more expensive than buying the key direct from software manufacturer. and no shipping then!
NOW A WORD ON LITERATURE: sometimes profs want you to get a specific edition of something to read a specific essay in the book. You have about 50/50 odds that the essay is in the front of the book. IF IT IS, you may be able to read the essay on Amazon by going to that books page and clicking on the “look inside”. They generally preview between 10-30 pages of books and that often means its the essay you needed, not the actually BODY of the book. So you can look up the specific copy of Frankenstein on Amazon, read the essay, then download a free different version from Project Gutenberg.
FOR RECENT NONFICTION, make sure you have an up to date library card for your HOME library and the LOCAL city library where your college is. Many have digital loans available, where you can check out the ebook for free and popular nonfiction is frequently available that way.
IF YOU CAN GET YOUR BOOKLIST BEFORE GOING TO SCHOOL: shop for the mundane things locally first. There will be 50 people in CollegeTown looking for that book, you may be the only one in your home town. supply and demand, if you found it in collegetown, it may be 10X price of your local bookstore.
and check you local library as well! You may be able to check out some of those books from your local library and take them to school with you and renew them online one or more times, depending on how in demand they are. There will be NO copies in CollegeTown library because there’s 50 people asking for it. But your HOME town, you may be able to renew it twice since its low demand. Write on your calender when they’re due or need to be renewed. Renew them OR tuck the whole pile into a Priority Mail flat rate box and send them home to your folks. The cost of the priority box to send several library books home is probably way less than what you’d pay for them. (or if its stuff you know you need AFTER a break where you’ll be home, request a hold from school, pick up at home)
ONE LAST WORD BEFORE YOU BUY…
You determined you HAVE to buy a book and you’ve narrowed it down to a few choices of source. Run a search for “coupon + Sitename” what looked like the lowest priced may not if you find a coupon for the 2nd or 3rd lowest priced option. Gettextbook will generate some automatically, but you may be able to find even better ones.
So make yourself some food, get a beverage, put on some tunes and compare prices!
and if you’re reached point of wanting to curl up in a ball and die, you can send us an ask with the ISBN for your book and answers to questions aobe (extra materials, previous edition, etc) and we’ll send you back an note with a link to the cheapest one we can find. I do this for a living, send an ask and I’ll get it done usually within about 12 hours.
WHOOP WHOOP MASSIVE EXCELLENT RESOURCE ADVICE ABOVE!!!!
—Because money should never deter anyone from striving to receive an education.
A follow up to my Filipina/o and Filipina/o American Literature post (from top to bottom)
- From Pancho to Pacquiao: Philippine Boxing In and Out of the Ring by Jay Gonzalez and Angelo F. Merino (my post)
- America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan (posts on Carlos Bulosan)
- American Son by Brian Ascalon Roley
- One! Hundred! Demons! by Lynda Barry (posts on Lynda Barry)
- Home Bound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Countries by Yen L. Espiritu
- Philip Vera Cruz: A Personal History of Filipino Immigrants and the Farmworkers Movement by Craig Scharlin and Lilia V. Villanueva (posts on Philip Vera Cruz)
- The White House Doctor: My Patients Were Presidents: A Memoir by Dr. Connie Mariano (posts on Dr. Connie Mariano)
- The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons by Abe Ignacio, Enrique de la Cruz, Jorge Emmanuel (posts on Philippine-American War)
- What It Is by Lynda Barry
- Memories of Philippine Kitchens: Stories and Recipes From Far and Near by Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan
- The Filipino-American Kitchen by Jennifer M. Aranas, Brian Briggs, Michael Lande
To answer patpatsjukebox's inquiry I would recommend The Forbidden Book and One! Hundred! Demons! but that's just my take.
Some books I’ve posted on that are on my wish list:
- Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture by Doreen G. Fernandez (my post)
- Honor in the Dust by Gregg Jones (my post)
- Vanishing Filipino Americans: the Bridge Generation by Peter Jamero (my post)
- When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe (reblog)
- Pacific Rims by Rafe Bartholomew (my post)
Almost forgot to mention the Filipino American Literature post suggested by Barbara Jane Reyes. For online material I would recommend The Filipino American Experience by Robyn Magalit Rodriguez.
Two faculty members in my Asian Pacific American Studies program recent work that I’ve read snippets of:
- Becoming Mexipino: Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diego by Rudy P. Guevarra Jr. (reblog)
- Is Lighter Better?: Skin-Tone Discrimination Among Asian Americans by Joanne L. Rondilla and Paul Spickard (reblog)
I highly recommend checking out the hyperlinks for the books. All are either routed to Arkipelago Books and Eastwind Books of Berkeley. Two great bookstores to find a lot of Asian/ Asian American literature.
The complete original Gray’s anatomy, with over one thousand illustrations.
- I. Embryology
- II. Osteology
- III. Syndesmology
- IV. Myology
- V. Angiology
- VI. The Arteries
- VII. The Veins
- VIII. The Lymphatic System
- IX. Neurology
- X. The Organs of the Senses and the Common Integument
- XI. Splanchnology
- XII. Surface Anatomy and Surface Markings
why you should make a webcomic and why you can make a webcomic
why should you make a webcomic?
- it’s regular drawing practice
- you get to draw and develop the universe your OCs live in
- you could draw your OCs making out with context
- see number 3
how can you make a webcomic?
- make a new tumblr
- install this theme https://www.tumblr.com/theme/37061
- post comics as you would on any other tumblr they show up on their own webcomic site
what if nobody sees my webcomic :(
- too bad you got to draw your OCs making out and nobody can appreciate your artistic genius obviously the world is not ready for this webcomic genius
thank you i needed this