Thursday, October 18, 2007

Borrowing Textbooks vs. Purchasing

Oh man, the sweet flavor of Starbucks! Even better is that I didn't pay for it. If for some reason my mother ever discovers this blog, thanks for giving me that leftover gift card! I think the last time I had it was about a month ago.

Anyhow, on to the gist of this post: borrowing textbooks versus purchasing.

In the past, I have always bought all my textbooks. Now that I'm at the Cal State level and quite frugal, it's a different story. This quarter I was required to purchase readers for two of my classes. There was no way around it. For my other class, we have a total of four books for a mere eleven weeks. Ridiculous to buy that many books for such a limited timespan. Two weeks of usage per book. I don't think so!

I found that my library only has two of the books on hold. Fine, I borrowed the first book. A little over a week ago, I got an inter-library loan for a book this campus doesn't have. Here lies the problem, the book hasn't come in yet! I'm stuck without a book for the class and I don't know when it will get here. I've used inter-library loans for nearly fifteen other books (research projects) this quarter and they have all taken a week. This one is over that already.

Luck has been on my side though: the bookstore doesn't have the book either. Half the class doesn't have the books! At least I'm not the only one. It seems there were ordering errors with the bookstore and only half the amount of textbooks were ordered. The teacher is being quite forgiving about the whole matter and is irritated with the bookstore rather than us.

The moral: Borrowing your textbooks save quite a bit of money. The first one alone would have cost me forty dollars. If the library doesn't have the book you are looking for, order way ahead of time to be on the safe side.

**OMFG** Escuse the blasphemy, but I just ran into someone from the class here in the library tech lab and he has a copy of the book. I'll just run off now and do my reading...


Anonymous said...

I LOVE your name! I just discovered your blog & I love it! I just wanted to ask, has anyone mentioned how hard it is to read your posts given the really small type and the black background. Just a comment, not a criticism. Keep us updated on your progress!

VixenOnABudget said...

Thank you very much! And, no one has mentioned the small font size or the black background factor. It's actually easier for me to see with a dark background and light font. Not sure why...

I totally understand the small font though; that's more an aesthetic thing for me. I love small font in Times New Roman. I didn't stop to think that others could read it. Thanks for the input!