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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2014
Love the loose leaf style of this book. It makes it so much easier to work with than the bound text. You can just take the chapters with you that your are currently studying and leave the rest at home for reference later. Only warning I can give (and it has nothing to do with the seller, they were great to work with) is that the self tests on the publisher's website contain errors. Some of them do not have a correct answer to the question (they are true/false and multiple choice). A couple of them had a correct answer to choose from, but when the test was corrected on-line you were marked as incorrect, but the answer that they listed was the answer that you had indicated. Good Luck with your accounting classes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2014
This book was clearly written by someone who wanted to show you how smart they are, not teach you. The chapters include pages of redundant information, mixed in with good information that is written in such a confusing way it is nearly impossible to understand. The author forgot he was supposed to be teaching the material, not showing off his convoluted method of communication and knowledge of the english language. If your teacher assigned you this book, get the study guide and find a good youtube channel to help you. The problems on the Wiley homework are not even covered in the book. Get ready for a frustrating class.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2014
This book weighs over 7.4 lbs. The authors seem to try to save space by omitting steps in the calculations they demonstrate. Moreover, the footnotes are printed in a tiny font, so it's difficult to read how the equation was derived. What else? The sample problems in the textbook are too simplified to help one solve the more complex homework problems. Why did the publisher print such a heavy book with so much empty white space on every page? I'd rather carry a much lighter book with fewer photos and more complex worked problems. This is accounting, not graphic design! If you must buy it, I suggest splurging for the PROBLEM SOLVING SURVIVAL GUIDE 15th ed. published by Marilyn F. Hunt ISBN 978-1118-344149. Even better, buy the digital version of the textbook, and the physical copy of the survival guide. Your back will thank you...and your grades will too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2013
I can't find what is missing in the book. It is a complete textbook for Intermediate Accounting and it's IFRS Insight is such a valuable material.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2014
If you buy a looseleaf textbook, be prepared to buy reinforcement labels for the holes (the clear ones rather than the white ones since the text is so close to the holes on some pages of this particular textbook) since the text comes with zero reinforcement around the holes. But I appreciate the convenience of only carrying the chapters I need rather than the whole brick... I mean book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2014
Clear as mud. The layout would send a child into a seizure, multiple sections on every page circled or shaded in with a different background color which makes it legitimately hard to read. The content appears fine but if it takes me twice as long to read this as it does any of my other textbooks, which cover more advanced concepts, it doesn't really matter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
This book is THE textbook for intermediate accounting! Information is presented clearly, concisely, and in much detail. Very colorful with plenty of pictures/graphs/diagrams/explanations of every topic. Well-organized and provides summary tables of information when the topic permits (such as how to report items on income statement). Probably the textbook used by most universities for Intermediate Accounting; and rightly so!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2014
Great book and accounting resource for business students and accountants alike. I had purchased the loose-leaf version. Book arrived on time, in great packaging. I was a bit disappointed that it didn't come in a binder as a friend of mine had assured me it would.
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on January 6, 2015
Cons

Con#1 This book is written badly.

Whoever wrote or proofread this book wants to show off their writing skills. I wouldn't have a problem with this textbook if it was a required book for English literature, sociology, psychology, even biology. However this book is for accounting. I don't have time to be sifting through word fluff especially since numbers are involved. The person who wrote this textbook needs to stop worrying about changing up their sentence formatting/structure and injecting unnecessary words especially since we are just talking about liabilities and contingencies and are not analyzing a deep profound novel.

*Note this book doesn't have actual "difficult" words in the book (just standard SAT words);however; like someone else said the book is written by someone who wants to show off their intelligence/writing skills instead of teaching us the material.

Con #2 Actual text is repetitive while examples are not fully explained

Because the author spends too much time on their writing and not on the actual content of the book, the book seems repetitive and vague at the same time! A lot of information is repeated throughout the book in a non helpful way. What I mean by this is that topics should only be repeated when the author is trying to reiterate a point and show cohesion between topics in a different chapter not in the next subsection/objective in the same chapter, especially if the same point was just made 3 sentences back.

You would think that this repetitiveness would be present in the examples but it isn't. A lot of the calculations for the examples are not explained and there are a lot of assumptions being made. The author tends to go from point A to point C (and even sometimes to point D) without explaining point B!

Con #3 Even though this book doesn't have a glossary, if you threw this book at someone, I'm pretty sure you would give them a concussion

For not having a glossary, this book is very heavy if you buy the entire book and not in volumes.

Pros

Wiley plus saves this book from being crap. It has videos demonstrating key problems in the textbook- this is helpful if need extra help or your teacher doesn't provide you with the solutions for the text. There are also videos and thorough study guides for each chapter. Finally because it also comes with the online textbook, there is a glossary.

Overall:

If you have a crappy teacher who gives hard assignments/tests and/or don't have a basic understanding on the accounting principles from the accounting classes required to take before intermediate accounting you are in trouble with especially with this book. I would suggest getting this book only if it's required.

If this book is required, I would suggest only buying Wileyplus (for the problem and exercises in the actual textbook) and buying 1-2 year older version of the Mcgraw-Hill accounting book. By doing this you will have the stuff you need to do your homework and an actual textbook to teach you the accounting material.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2014
This was probably the biggest annoyance of my junior year of college. This book is not only a thousand pages of completely useless garbage, but it also doesn't even come with the code. We are expected to buy that SEPARATELY for an additional 130 dollars. That means you could be spending about 300 dollars for one course. That's insane! An entire week's paycheck for one course's BOOKS. It is flimsy. falls apart, and doesn't even include everything. Luckily Wiley was nice enough to put all of the products I could have gotten instead of the back of the book. I am likely going to return this waste of paper and get one of the better products they listed, which comes with EVERYTHING.
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