Thanks a lot. Will definitely check out a couple websites for cheaper versions, perhaps second-hand. But yeah, their libraries seem to have tonnes of books for all courses, so might snoop around for some interesting titles. I hoping to study (Chemical) Engineering, so I'll probably be needing to get my hands on quite a few maths and physics books along the way.
Last edited by AeroPlane04; 21-07-2012 at 17:19.
Wait until you get to university. Borrow a book first and see if the style suits you. If it doesn't, talk to the lecturer and see if they have a different suggestion.
When buying books, search by ISBN, this should help you find the right edition. A good search website for new/used books is www.bookfinder.com . Bear in mind it does not usually find copies on Waterstones or their marketplace. If in doubt with a used book, as the seller. International editions often have the same content, but may be available at a lower price. You may also come across instructor editions, same core content with some lecture support material. Sometimes EBay can be good for finding books, use the ISBN to search. There is one exception, where ISBN can be misleading, law books, so for them it worth asking the seller what edition the book is.
As a student with NUS extra card at Amazon, you can get an additional 5% off whatever discounts they have already made on a book. Doesn't apply to market place sellers.
Some lecturers expect you to have read a core text from cover to cover. So fighting your fellow students for the library copy of a key book can be frustrating. Also funding for academic libraries have been cut, so you may find newer editions in short supply. Annoying when you find 20 of the wrong edition on the shelves.
If you buy books, remember to be proactive about selling them once you have finished with them. That way you can recoup a lot of your money and minimise the overall cost.
Last edited by edjunkie; 22-07-2012 at 17:53.