shadesofmauve:

rainydaypaperback:

shadesofmauve:

songscloset:

nihilisme:

ittybittylittleworld:

punkasslouis:

I just watched a kid break down in the bookstore because his books for the semester totaled $600 and that’s the american university system in a nutshell

I was on the verge of tears when I got to the cashier so yeah, that’s messed up

Go here and just, don’t waste any more money okay?

While I entirely support following that link, I also suggest going to Abe Books or Book Depository or even eBay to see if there are inexpensive print versions of books you need. I haven’t paid full-price for any of my texts while I’m in school… because that would DOUBLE the cost of school.

I use the ISBN of the require books and search the cheap sites for them.

Good luck out there, guys!

Paging FenrisLorsrai! Come work your resource magic on this post!

I HAVE BEEN SUMMONED. (but I’ll post on my actual bookstore account)

Quick anddirty meta search for books: Addall. it’ll crawl 40+ book sites at once including ABE, ALibris, Amazon, Half in both domestic AND foreign versions.

Meta search #2! GetTextbooks.com which focuses specifically on textbooks. It omits some foreign sites that AddAll includes, BUT it also includes a whole bunch of rentals as well.  Renting is probably the most cost effective method overall.

NOW, HOW TO SEARCH!

First determine a few things:

  • Make sure you have the ISBN
  • IF IT IS A BUNDLE: Determine if you need a software key/CD/workbook/lab book or not.  Many times you do not.  Math classes increasingly NEED the software key, but more on that later
  • ASK THE PROFESSOR: If this is not the first edition of the book, can you use a previous edition?  One edition back is generally half the cost of current, two is generally about 1/8th the cost.  Generally you can get away with this if its material that doesn’t change rapidly. Your course on the Civil War, you can probably use two editions back. Your computer programming class on latest greatest language… you probably need newest edition.
  • FOR LITERATURE CLASSES: determine if you book is from before 1929. If it is, its in public domain, you can almost certain get a free copy online.  If they want a SPECIFIC copy for an essay bundled with book, see below.

Now, run your search by ISBN using the two metasearch sites.  Open them in separate tabs.  

gettextbooks shows you WITH the shipping, Addall does NOT show you the shipping.  keep this in mind when you’re comparing.  You’ll see a lot of duplication.  GetTextbooks will also show you SOME variants.

Now that you have those open, open two more tabs.  Run a second search on same two sites using the author and exact title you picked up from search #1.  This will show you all the international editions and weird bundles that don’t exactly match the ISBN of the bookstore

WHAT THE HELL IS AN INTERNATIONAL EDITION: its a paperback version of the US version with an angry notice on the cover saying “NOT FOR SALE OUTSIDE INDONESIA”. Its the same book, but way cheaper.  ignore the angry warning, the US Supreme Court has your back. NO, REALLY. Right of first sale, baby!  ignore the angry warning and you basically have same book, it just isn’t printed with ink made from student tears and unobtanium.

Now filter results based on whether you need any Extra materials or not. 

IF YOU DO NEED THE EXTRA MATERIALS: this is where it gets tricky. an intact bundle is generally the most expensive option or near top end of price curve.  If you NEED the other materials, you may be able to get them cheaper in pieces.  and you can buy mismatched pieces!

Say for example you need a math textbook, but need the software key for the math problem program.  The professor said you can use older book.  Buy a math book that one or more editions back and then buy the software key separately from the SOFTWARE manufacturer.  You’ll find the software keys on booksites all by themselves, but they’re generally way more expensive than buying the key direct from software manufacturer. and no shipping then!

NOW A WORD ON LITERATURE: sometimes profs want you to get a specific edition of something to read a specific essay in the book. You have about 50/50 odds that the essay is in the front of the book. IF IT IS, you may be able to read the essay on Amazon by going to that books page and clicking on the “look inside”.  They generally preview between 10-30 pages of books and that often means its the essay you needed, not the actually BODY of the book.  So you can look up the specific copy of Frankenstein on Amazon, read the essay, then download a free different version from Project Gutenberg.

FOR RECENT NONFICTION, make sure you have an up to date library card for your HOME library and the LOCAL city library where your college is.  Many have digital loans available, where you can check out the ebook for free and popular nonfiction is frequently available that way.

IF YOU CAN GET YOUR BOOKLIST BEFORE GOING TO SCHOOL: shop for the mundane things locally first.  There will be 50 people in CollegeTown looking for that book, you may be the only one in your home town.  supply and demand, if you found it in collegetown, it may be 10X price of your local bookstore.

and check you local library as well!  You may be able to check out some of those books from your local library and take them to school with you and renew them online one or more times, depending on how in demand they are.  There will be NO copies in CollegeTown library because there’s 50 people asking for it.  But your HOME town, you may be able to renew it twice since its low demand. Write on your calender when they’re due or need to be renewed.  Renew them OR tuck the whole pile into a Priority Mail flat rate box and send them home to your folks.  The cost of the priority box to send several library books home is probably way less than what you’d pay for them. (or if its stuff you know you need AFTER a break where you’ll be home, request a hold from school, pick up at home)

ONE LAST WORD BEFORE YOU BUY…

You determined you HAVE to buy a book and you’ve narrowed it down to a few choices of source.  Run a search for “coupon + Sitename” what looked like the lowest priced may not if you find a coupon for the 2nd or 3rd lowest priced option. Gettextbook will generate some automatically, but you may be able to find even better ones.

So make yourself some food, get a beverage, put on some tunes and compare prices!

and if you’re reached point of wanting to curl up in a ball and die, you can send us an ask with the ISBN for your book and answers to questions aobe (extra materials, previous edition, etc) and we’ll send you back an note with a link to the cheapest one we can find.  I do this for a living, send an ask and I’ll get it done usually within about 12 hours.

WHOOP WHOOP MASSIVE EXCELLENT RESOURCE ADVICE ABOVE!!!!

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jbknibbs:

Constant vigilance by JB Knibbs

Day 208 of 365

That light, though.

(Thanks to Neil, for letting me shoot in his amazing house.)

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ms-mix-remixed:

ghdos:

afrosandprose:

tolzmannia:

There is this website called Thrift Books and I just got $66.90 worth of books for $19.93 (five books). Shipping was free. You’re welcome.

Yes! I just bought $82 worth of books for $17.85!

!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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medievalpoc:

myrddin-emrys:

Disclaimer: This is not my own idea; I got the tip from the lovely Elentari-liv, who was kind enough to share her technique with me. This is only showing the basics I’ve used to knit the scales, not how to make any certain piece.

Also, keep in mind that I’m still a beginner at knitting. I’ve been doing it for approximately two weeks.

What you’ll need:

  • circular knitting needles
  • yarn
  • small scales

You’ll probably want to choose a yarn close to your scale colour, or one that complements it (I used a contrasting one here to make things easier to show). You may have to experiment a bit with the yarn gauge and size of the needles. I ended up using gauge three yarn and size six needles after some testing. Larger needles widened the gap between scales, so that the yarn was visible in between, which I didn’t want, and thicker yarn made the scales stick out too much as opposed to hanging. It looked like I was knitting a very ruffled dragon.

Scales can be purchased from The Ring Lord, with multiple choices of colour and material. I’ve experimented with both aluminum and steel; the steel seems to hang better because of its weight, but it all depends on what you need for your project!

(I’m putting the actual process under a read more because I do have a lot of photos.)

Read More

I’m gonna go ahead and put this under the resources tag for reenactors, cosplayers, Rennies and SCA-ers!

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tobiasxva:

undeadsidhe-inthetardis:

yeahwriters:

cleverhelp:

Write Rhymes finds rhymes for your words while you write and takes the weirdness out of poetry and scheming. 

Coooool!

I DON’T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND JUST HOW AMAZING THIS IS FOR WRITERS
LIKE
WE SPEND YEARS FILLING NOTEBOOKS WITH RHYMES FOR WORDS AND PHRASES AND END-RHYMES AND SLANT RHYMES AND THEN ONE DAY SOME 

FUCKING

GENIUS

GOES 

"YOU KNOW WHAT’D BE COOL?  MAKING EVERY POET WET THEMSELVES WITH FUCKING JOY

I” M SO FUXKC I NG

Where was this when I was in high school?  :(

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davecabbage:

roguepythia:

davecabbage:

characterdesigninspiration:

Quite a few people requested some form of trait/personality generator, and here’s the result!  I wanted to keep it vague enough that the options could work for any universe, be it modern, fantasy, scifi, or anything else, so these are really just the basics. Remember that a character is much more than a list of traits, and this should only be used as a starting point– I tried to include a variety of things, but further development is definitely a must.

Could pair well with the gender and sexuality generator.

To Play: Click and drag each gif, or if that isn’t working/you’re on mobile, just take a screenshot of the whole thing (multiple screenshots may be required if you want more than one trait from each category).

Positive: Intelligent, disciplined
Negative: Arrogant, resentful
Fears: Death, criticism
Goals: Freedom, respect
Random Things: Only child, never been kissed
Appearance: Casual

Guys…. I think I accidentally created Chuck Hansen?

Why did my brain go to the Weird Science version of “created Chuck Hansen” complete with a “Get in shape with the PPDC’s youngest ranger!” article and pics? That would so need to be a thing! I’m totally showing my age here. lol

XO Oh no, don’t give me more fic ideas to add to my endless list…

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just-a-demon-butler:

RULE TIME! 

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE FOLLOWING ME. 

REBLOG AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WISH.

FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS! 

IF YOU DO NOT WISH FOR A DRESS! That is a-okay! I will pay for a cosplay of your liking as long as it’s under 200 USD! You will still receive a headband, tea (of your liking) and a tea set! 

If you would like a closer look at the sites that I’ll be purchasing from! 

THE DRESSES / HEADBANDS / TEA / TEA SET

GIVEAWAY WILL END AUGUST 1ST! IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 I MUST HAVE SOME FORM OF PERMISSION FROM YOUR GUARDIAN(S)!

The desired dress of choice will take awhile to make so please keep that in mind! Thank you!  

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Hey guys I had a bunch of links to books so I thought i would share them, Enjoy!

Harry Potter And The Sorcerers Stone (x)
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (x)
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (x)
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (x)
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (x)
Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince (x)
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows (x)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (x)
Hunger Games Suzanne Collins(x)
Catching Fire Suzanne Collins (x)
Mocking Jay Suzanne Collins (x)
The Mortal Instruments:
City of Bones Cassandra Clare (x)
City of Ash Cassandra Clare(x)
City of Glass Cassandra Clare (x)
City of Fallen Angels Cassandra Clare (x)
City of Lost Souls Cassandra Clare(x)
The Infernal Devices:
Clockwork Angel Cassandra Clare(x)
Clockwork Prince Cassandra Clare (x)
Clockwork Princess Cassandra Clare(x)
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Rick Riordan (x)
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters Rick Riordan (x)
Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse Rick Riordan (x)
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth Rick Riordan (x)
Percy Jackson and the The Last Olympian Rick Riordan (x)
The Demigod Files Rick Riordan (x)
The Lost Hero Rick Riordan (x)
The Son of Neptune Rick Riordan (x)
The Mark of Athena Rick Riordan (x)
House of Hades Rick Riordan (x)
The Demigod Diaries Rick Riordan (x)
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (x)
Vampire Academy: Frostbite by Richelle Mead(x)
Vampire Academy: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (x)
Vampire Academy: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (x)
Vampire Academy: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (x)
Vampire Academy: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (x)
A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin (x)
A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin (x)
A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin (x)
A Feast of Crows by George RR Martin (x)
A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin (x)
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien (x)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring J. R. R. Tolkien (x)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  J. R. R. Tolkien (x)
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King J. R. R. Tolkien (x)
Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien (x)
12 volumes of the History of Middle Earth (x)
The Children of Húrin (x)
Divergent by Veronica Roth (x)
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (x)
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (x)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (x)
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (x)
The Death Cure by James Dashner (x)
Prequel The Kill Order by James Dashner (x)
The Chronicles Of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis (x)
Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia by C.S Lewis (x)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S Lewis (x)
The Silver Chair by C.S Lewis (x)
The Horse and His Boy by C.S Lewis (x)
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S Lewis audio book (x)
The Last Battle by C.S Lewis (x)
The Prince by Kiera Cass  (x)
The Selection by Kiera Cass (x)
The Elite by Kiera Cass (x)
The Guard by Kiera Cass (x)
Matched by Ally Condie (x)
Crossed by Ally Condie (x
Reached by Ally Condie (x)
Annabel Delirium 0.5 by Lauren Oliver (x)
Delirium by Lauren Oliver (x)
Hana Delirium 1.5 by Lauren Oliver (x)
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (x)
Raven Delirium 2.5 by Lauren Oliver (x)
Requiem by Lauren Oliver (x)
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (x)
Pretties Scott Westerfeld (x)
Specials by Scott Westerfeld (x)
Extra’s by Scott Westerfeld (x)
The Giver by Lois Lowry (x)
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (x)
The Messenger by Lois Lowry (x)
Son by Lois Lowry (x)
Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (x)
The Fault in our Stars John Green(x)
An Abundance of Katherine John Green (x)
Paper Towns John Green (x)
Looking for Alaska by John Green (x)
The Stand by Stephan King (x)
It by Stephen King (x)
The Shining by Stephen King (x)
The Tommyknockers by Stephen King (x)
Firestarter by Stephen King (x)
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (x)
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (x)
Panic by Lauren Oliver (x)
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (x)
Stolen by Lucy Christopher (x)
Everyday by David Levithan (x)
If I Stay by Gayle Formam (x)
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoul (x)
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (x)
Along for the Ride Sarah Dessen (x)
Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky (x)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (x)
The Host by Stephanie Meyer (x)
1984 by George Orwell (x)
Animal Farm by George Orwell (x)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (x)
The Road by Cormac Mccarthy (x)
Fahrenheit 451  by Ray Bradbury (x)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (x)
The Pact by Jodi Picoult (x)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (x)
Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (x)
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (x)
White Oleander Janet Fitch (x)
Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks (x)
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (x)
Nora Roberts Chasing Fire (x)
Dare to Love Jaci Burton (x)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (x)

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milliondollarnigga:

magnacarterholygrail:

jayjsupremacy:

phenomenarwhal:

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WELL THEN

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