Bar­gains in any­one’s books

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Weekendshopper - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

ONCE the back-to-school dust set­tles, many stu­dents, par­tic­u­larly those start­ing uni­ver­sity, will com­mence the se­ri­ous busi­ness of procur­ing text­books.

Typ­i­cally, ac­quir­ing text­books can be an ex­pen­sive ex­er­cise, un­less bor­rowed pe­ri­od­i­cally from a li­brary.

But there is noth­ing wrong with sec­ond­hand texts, par­tic­u­larly when some of them can range up to a cou­ple of hun­dred dol­lars each new.

Text­books and study guides for high school stu­dents aren’t too costly, but uni­ver­sity texts can be, de­pend­ing on the topic, with le­gal, med­i­cal and sci­en­tific books top­ping the list.

Week­end Shop­per has a Books, Text­books, Mag­a­zines sec­tion that of­fers some ter­rific dis­counts.

Stu­dents and teach­ers alike will find a host of text books within th­ese pages, in­clud­ing, cheap art books - “se­lect from boxes of art books all good con­di­tion suit artist or art teacher from $5”; dic­tio­nar­ies - “ The Aus­tralian Pri­mary Dic­tio­nary $5”; and at­lases - “Jacaranda At­las $5”, abound.

While most stu­dents re­search via the in­ter­net, those who like the feel of a book - or who sim­ply like to rem­i­nisce, can still buy old fash­ioned, en­cy­clopae­dias.

Turn­ing to the more con­tem­po­rary books, there are a plethora of se­nior bi­ol­ogy, med­i­cal, busi­ness, lan­guage, photography, phar­macy, physics and so­ci­o­log­i­cal text books ad­ver­tised.

Prices range de­pend­ing on the topic, but med­i­cal and le­gal texts are gen­er­ally sold for at least half the cost of the new ones or less.

For ex­am­ple, “ The Aus­tralian Le­gal Sys­tem with un­used web ac­cess code, as new, $70” or “Biostats, Bio­stat Anal­y­sis, Stats for Health Sciences and more $80”.

Mu­sic texts are also pop­u­lar and range across a va­ri­ety of in­stru­ments and lev­els with many also of­fer­ing a CD: “Al­freds Ba­sic Pi­ano The­ory Book and Les­son Book with CD, level 1A, good con­di­tion, $10” and “ Trum­pet/Cor­net stan­dard of ex­cel­lence book for $8.”

Teach­ers will find a range of valu­able teach­ing ma­te­ri­als among th­ese texts: “Bi­ol­ogy ju­nior and se­nior re­sources over 50 fold­ers, seven years of work, $200.”

And Shop­pers in­ter­ested in learn­ing a new lan­guage can find help­ful hand­books here, too, with Lin­gua­phone lan­guage CD and book sets rang­ing across Ital­ian, Ger­man and Chi­nese.

Ul­ti­mately, stu­dents from all dis­ci­plines are ad­vised to check out Week­end Shop­per’s large range of bar­gain texts and ad­di­tional re­sources.

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