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Five mistakes to avoid when buying textbooks online

Five mistakes to avoid when buying textbooks online

Often times people whoare trying to buy the textbooks they need for their classes, they will make a mistake…. and often times a very costly mistake. Textbooks can be expensive and places that buy books back from you often will give you a mear fraction of what you paid. You’d be lucky to find a place that will give you your money back within 30-days, but even then if you have purchased your books well in advanced (like the punctual person you are!) then you might not be able to refund all the money you just spent. Here are the most commonly made mistakes when purchasing books online:

  1. Make sure you get the right version. It’s extremely common practice for textbook publishers to keep the same cover to a textbook when they change editions, so if you are purchasing a book online make sure you confirm that you are looking at the correct edition for your class… don’t assume just because it looks like the right book that it is. And always remember, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”
  2. Fail to use the ISBN search. Textbook stores like textbooknova.com and a few others allow users to search for their book based on the ISBN (either a 13 or a 10 digit number to uniquely identify a book). Using an ISBN search is the number one most accurate way to find your textbooks, and if you are on a website that doesn’t allow you to do ISBN look-ups, don’t even bother spending any more of your time (or money) on that marketplace!
  3. Fail to match the title of the textbook. Another frequently made mistake among textbook buyers is that they do not match the exact title that is required for the class. There could be a billion textbooks called “Chemistry” but if your class needs the book “Earth Chemistry” or any variation like that then you need to make sure you are looking at buying the correct book.
  4. Price shop around! Often you will be able to find the correct book, but if you fail to attempt to find your book at a few other marketplaces, you might end up spending way too much money! Make sure you do your due diligence to find the marketplace with the best price for the textbook before you buy it online. Fortunately for you, if you are searching Textbook Nova then you can rest assured that we offer some of the most competitive prices available.
  5. Buying a used copy without checking for the quality. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve tried to save money by purchasing a used textbook, only to find out half way through the semester that someone had torn pages out on an important chapter. How many times have you seen someone bored in class doodling inside their book? Who even knows where that textbook has been! If you are buying used textbooks online, make absolutely sure you can check to see the quality of the used book and try to find the ones closest to new.

We hope these tips have been helpful for anyone purchasing books online, and hope you have a great semester of classes!

The six best Physics books that Einstein would have loved

The six best Physics books that Einstein would have loved

If you are looking to buy the best physics books online, look no further! This hand curated list contains our favorite books from all realms of physics including Mathematical, Theoretical, Quantum, and Relativity. College and highschool students will most often have to take some form of physical science and the best way to learn in any subject is to have an interest in it. We believe these books will make a student of any age develop a strong interest in the world around us and be encouraged to explore and learn more about world around us. Take a look at a few of our top picks:

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Universe in a Nutshell/Illustrated Brief History of Time (Boxed Set)

Stephen William Hawking

That’s right, the top rated book is actually a box set containing two books! It is our firm belief that these two books are so great that they do not need abide by our logical idea of how a list should work. This box set includes two of the best books to describe physics in a way that make it easy to understand and not only that, but they are also written by world-known modern day genius, Stephen Hawking. These two books do an exceptional job at explaining complex subjects in simple terms that make it easy to read and not overwhelm the reader. Not only that, but these books are suitable for anyone with a curiosity whether they have a background in science or not. Oh, and did we forget to mention that they are illustrated!? We highly recommend you buy these books online even if only to make a conversation piece around your living room coffee table!

 

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Cosmos

Carl Sagan

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sagan, this book explains complicated scientific theories to anyone willing to learn. When the book was originally published it was the catalyst that spurred a significant increase in the amount of science-themed media including literature and television shows. If you have ever watched the TV show Cosmos (either the original or the new one hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson) then this book is for you. This book was actually re-published in 2013 with an included essay written by Neil deGrasse Tyson and a foreward written by Sagan’s wife, Ann Druyan.

 

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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

Brian Greene

Have you ever wanted to learn about string theory? Have you ever wanted to learn about string theory from the world’s leading string theorist? If so then you’ve found the right book! For those who are less informed, String theory basically says that if you were to zoom in far enough all particles that we know of in this world are made up of one-dimensional strings that vibrate (much like the strings on a guitar) and this vibration will determine the particle’s behavior. Sounds intriguing, eh? The author, Brian Greene, is a professor at Columbia University and is the co-director of the university’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics .

 

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Carlo Rovelli

This short book (96 pages total) briefly describes a few fundamentals of the world around us and you can buy this book online here! While this book does not cover some more complex things like string theory, it does give the reader a solid foundation on the principles that the more complex theories are based on. Carlo Rovelli covers the broad details of a few basic ideas like the general theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, and the Big Bang theory. Carlo Rovelli is best known for his work in the field of quantum gravity and is one of the founders of the loop quantum gravity theory. Google that one if you want to learn more!

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Now: The Physics of Time

Richard A Muller

What does “now” mean? What makes time work? These are a few questions that physicist Richard A Muller describes the answers to in this book. Covering relativity, entropy, entanglement, antimatter and the Big Bang; this book describes Muller’s own theory which makes predictions that we can actually test in the real world. Richard Muller is also well known for his research in climate change and how human kind is almost entirely the cause of the change in climate.

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Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher

Richard P Feynman and Robert B Leighton

Our final choice in this list is an introduction to a few simple concepts like atoms, basic physics, gravitation, and the relationship of physics to other ideas. This book also contains illustrations to help the reader to understand these principles which are important for expanding a scientific view of a lot of the other theories covered by the other textbooks in this list. This book is a staple in most college level courses and has been read by many students since it’s publication.

 

 

 

Do you have something to say?!

Do you have something to say?!

We are pleased to announce a new feature to Textbook Nova that we will be testing out over the next few weeks… comments!

When a visitor has found any book on the site they are now able to use a Disqus plugin that will allow them to comment on that specific book. We can share ideas or thoughts that are relevant to each book because there is a separate comment section for each book! Feel free to use this feature to help others learn more about the book they are looking to purchase. Over the next few weeks we will be monitoring this new feature and we will ultimately make a decision to keep or scrap this feature, based on the user feedback.

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In addition to that, the astute visitor may notice that we have re-formatted the book details page. In previous versions of this site the only information provided by the location bar in your browser was the ISBN number… which really doesn’t mean much to the average human-being. If you take a quick glance at your location bar now, you will notice that it also includes the title of the book. This means that users sharing the book details from external websites will be more confident that the book they land on will be the actual book they are expecting.

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As always, please feel free to reach out to us on Twitter @textbooknova or Facebook to give us feedback on these new features; and we are always open to hearing your suggestions on how we can make this site better for you!

Improvements made to help get your results faster!

Improvements made to help get your results faster!

We have been hard at work continually improving the algorithms Textbook Nova uses to find your academic materials. You are now able to get faster and more relevant search results using our search function.

You may also notice the textbook details page has improved dramatically. Users are able to vote on how relevant a book is (how closely it matches the terms that were searched) and also specify what type of program that book is used in. What this means is that Textbook Nova can now prioritize results based on how users are saying they actually are using the book. If a book is useful to you (or matches exactly the book you were looking for) then give it a vote of 5 stars to make the book more visible for the next person that is looking for the same textbook. Conversely, if you find a book that is nowhere near what you were looking for give it 1 star to say “I found this book, but it is nowhere near what I needed”.

If you are using a book for a Bachelor’s degree program go ahead and vote to say what you are doing with it. This will help other users be more confident that they have found the book they need when they see that their peers are also finding the same book. Additionally, it will help professors when deciding which book to base a curriculum on. Finally it can help publishers learn about their audience and know where the book is being used.

We hope you make good use of these new features and find the exact academic materials you need to succeed this semester!