1. When are books available for purchase for the upcoming term?
Typically, 95% of course materials are in the store a few weeks before the term begins. Note that lab manuals may be scheduled to arrive after the start of your course, but still in time for your first lab class.
2. What is the difference between a "required" and an "optional" textbook?
A required book has been chosen by your professor because it contains necessary readings and materials for you to pass your course. An optional book will provide additional or enhanced learning material related to your course, but is not mandatory.
3. Why are textbooks more expensive than general books?
Most textbooks contain very specialized information and do not appeal to the general reader, so print runs are smaller, and the time to research and prepare the material, as well as the cost to produce the book is considerably higher. To see where the 'textbook dollar' goes, click here.
4. Can I find a textbook for less money at other bookstores?
Yes, sometimes, however our mandate is to provide the correct editions of all your textbook and course materials needs, along with convenience and outstanding service, and we are confident that when you price compare your complete booklist you will value our commitment to you:
Your U of M BookStore provides U of M students:
Yes, your U of M BookStore offers used textbooks whenever we can and we shelve them right next to the new textbook copies. Used books cost 25% less and they are tax exempt: they sell quickly though, so shop early! Even better, when you return a used book at buyback you get the same amount of cash back as you would if you returned the new book! Check out the math below: not bad for an entire term's use!
|New Textbook||Used Textbook|
|Return at Buyback
|Net cost of Book
Not every textbook is available as an eTextbook but the U of M BookStore promotes as many format options as possible for students. Look for signage in-store, and for eTextbook FAQ, click here (add link to document 7).
Yes, rentals can be a very affordable option and we have many textbooks available to rent. Rental prices are usually 40% to 55% less than the purchase price. Visit the Fort Garry campus BookStore to see which titles are available to rent.
A coursepack is a customized package of articles or readings selected by your instructor and produced here on campus. Coursepacks are popular as they reduce the number of individual books that a student might otherwise have to buy.
No. An Access Code allows entry to enriched online resources created by textbook publishers to enhance the textbook experience. Often the Access Code card comes packaged with the printed textbook, and sometimes the Access Code does include an eBook version of the textbook. Where this is the case, Access Codes may be sold separately and may represent cost savings to students who are comfortable working in an entirely digital environment. For more Access code FAQ click here (add link to document 8).
This usually means your textbook is available with and without a digital Access Code, and that the Access Code itself is not required by your instructor for your course. The following scenario illustrates some common textbook purchase options for students, with prices based on actual examples:
|A.||New Textbook package (w/ Access Code & Ebook):||ISBN 978xxxxxxx001||$150.00|
|B.||New Textbook alone||ISBN 978xxxxxxx002||$100.00|
|C.||Access Code alone (w/ Ebook)||ISBN 978xxxxxxx003||$90.00|
|D.||Used Textbook||ISBN 978xxxxxxx004||$75.00|
We buy textbooks that are confirmed for continued use at the U of M and pay up to 50% of the new book price; we also pay up to 30% of the new price when buying for other schools. Check with us towards the end of your term for up to date info. For more Buy Back FAQ click here.
The iClicker device allows you to participate electronically in class quizzes; your scores count towards your grade for the course. iClickers are stocked throughout the textbook department as well as near the cash registers in our store.
15. What about other items on my booklist, such as safety glasses, calculators, dissecting kits and specialized notebooks?
Your U of M BookStore carries them all! Look for our in-store displays or ask a helpful staff member.
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