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Battle of the Bookstores

textbooksSure, to a certain extent you’re at the mercy of the textbook companies (a.k.a. Fun Killers). But at least you can avoid being gouged too badly by shopping around, plus avoid lines in late January: the Columbia Bookstore and Labyrinth both have course listings online, and although they’re not complete, in all likelihood your calc class will have its syllabus on there. If those prices are still too high to stomach, check out campusI.com, which will compare prices at university bookstores all over the country. 

Harness the power of the internet! Because you might as well do something useful while sitting on the couch surfing the net. 

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17 Comments

  • Labyrinth says:

    @Labyrinth It’s been Book Culture for months now, sadly, unless Bwog has a traditionalist streak.

    1. Or maybe says:

      @Or maybe Bwog just made a conscious decision to keep calling it Labyrinth because the name Book Culture sucks ass?

  • what do you call it says:

    @what do you call it if you’re running really fast to the library?

    bookin!

  • dgrfjhgkjh,m n says:

    @dgrfjhgkjh,m n valore books
    who cares if they’re shipped from malaysia or something and they’re paperbacks because it costs a lot less to get international editions

  • No mention of says:

    @No mention of booksoncampus.com?

  • ttan says:

    @ttan What you gotta do is scarf the ISBN numbers from Labyrinth’s site, and then go on Alibris or Half.com and order the international editions, for far cheaper. :-P

  • what about says:

    @what about dogears on facebook? Ive had great luck there.

  • Hey Bwog... says:

    @Hey Bwog... Why hasn’t Vampire Weekend’s spot in Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Songs had a mention here yet?

  • Poor Man says:

    @Poor Man You’ve never heard of half.com?

    Oh that’s right! I forgot. A considerable number of people are so rich on this campus that they don’t need any discount books!

  • Eff That says:

    @Eff That Half.com is for suckers.

    Real SEAS ballas get the overseas paperback edition of the textbooks from abebooks.com. The cover is in Chinese, but the contents are in english. Makes you look really smart. Makes you feel really smart when you realize it’s the same fucking book for 10% of the price. Thank you, Asian pirate market forces.

  • .... says:

    @.... ….real seas ballas…..

  • too bad says:

    @too bad the books from overseas smell like cheap newspaper thats been sitting in the rain for three weeks.

    If your idea of a textbook is a black and white version of the Post then international edition texts are the way to go.

  • Ife says:

    @Ife BIGWORDS.com is better than the rest.

    I’ve been using it for 2 years because it offers me the choice to eliminate the international editions from the search. Its much better than Half.com and campus.com.

  • labyrinth says:

    @labyrinth i was in princeton today and they have an enormous labyrinth. very sterile. old school tote bags.

    1. Jake A. says:

      @Jake A. Why were you in Princeton?

    2. haha says:

      @haha traitor!

  • huh says:

    @huh I thought yale was the only place where labyrinth lived on. at least, people always assume I went there now when I wear my morningside-bought labyrinth tshirt around.

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