Fall 2009 Booklists!

Fall 2009 booklists are now available HERE.

For the second semester in a row, the Bookstore has posted booklists for Fall semester classes. Now, the way I see it, we all have 2 options.

OPTION 1: Engage in the time-honored Middlebury tradition and wait in line outside the Bookstore on Sunday morning then crowd into the (new and improved) textbook store and buy all of your books. Then, carry them all back to your dorm in cardboard boxes and pray your arms don’t fall off.

Pros: Support Midd. Easy to return the books. Bonding experience. Panther Rewards Program.

Cons: Sometimes limited selection of Used books available. And, umm, kinda expensive.

OPTION 2: Open and/or print the lists and type the ISBN numbers or titles into Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Half.com or MiddBookSearch, compare to listed Bookstore prices, and order what you want. If you order by the end of this week, you’ll have the books by the time classes start on Sept. 7 assuming that nothing happens to UPS/FedEx/USPS.

Pros: Avoid textbook induced credit-card debt on type of what has already been recession-induced.

Cons: You might not see Bookstore Bob. Major loss in Panther Points.

MiddBlog wants to know: How do you buy your textbooks?


8 thoughts on “Fall 2009 Booklists!

  1. My final two springs at Midd, I went recycling bin diving in search of text books as everyone was leaving campus. In the normal rush to leave, people were tossing out all sorts of valuable books. I set that Half.com account and sold all the textbooks online. Made about $500 in three weeks of book selling before sr. year.

  2. Through experience, I found dealoz.com returns cheaper finds than half.com. Do check dealoz.com!

    When looking for books in the $20-$50 range, you learn that the bookstore often offers the best price – and the best part is that there’s no “delivery time” involved.

  3. I think a wiki might work best under the Student Government Association (SGA) and they spent a heck of a lot of time last year on MiddBay.com which is being turned into something else (campusmrkt.com) this Fall.

  4. How much of the bookstore’s profits go back to Middlebury College? I thought the bookstore was its own business.

  5. The Bookstore operates semi-independently but yes, the profits of the Bookstore do flow back to Middlebury College. Direct those types of questions to Manager Bob Jansen in the Bookstore.

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