I have been trying to buy my textbooks for classes for the last 3 weeks, but Drexel does not make it easy – in fact they make it down-right difficult. First of all they “require” you to buy your books from their bookstore – how? Well you search for your class and section (using the most idiotic interface ever) and then you see the required texts – but you don’t see all of the info you need. You see the last name of the author and an abbreviated title. No edition, No ISBN, nothing that will make it easy to find the book elsewhere.
So I search the library to see what books they have for those classes – I find the ISBNs and email the professors to find out what the right ISBN is. One professor replies within minutes the others I wait for – finally I get an answer from another professor (still no word from the last – and I got a read-receipt for the email I sent). Now I have 2 definite ISBNs and 1 possible ISBN. I search online – I do Ebay, Amazon, ABE, Half, and BigWords. One of the books I need is supposed to have a CD with it – none of the above-mentioned sites says that there is a CD with it. The book in question is listed for $190 at the school bookstore and $60 on ABE – where would you buy it???
Anyway, I’m waiting to hear back from some sellers about the CD, all the while getting more and more frustrated that this information was not made clear in the first place!!
[update] Just got an email back from the instructor – CD is not necessary – so I’m off to buy my books. Saving myself over $100 by not shopping in the bookstore! [/update]