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What is an a la carte textbook?

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Initial post: Feb 17, 2012 8:35:27 PM PST
Aimee says:
Is there a difference between a textbook and it's a la carte edition? Not quite sure if it is the same thing.

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 10:58:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2012 10:59:56 AM PST
Dylan says:
"A la carte" is a really vague (& unhelpful) description for textbooks; it usually means that the book is not bound- as in you receive a stack of loose hole-punched papers rather than a paperback/hardcover. It should be the same content, though. Hope that helps.

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 2:20:02 PM PST
Aimee says:
It does! Thank you so very much. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 10:14:50 AM PST
B. B. says:
As well as what Dylan said they will often have online elements or study guides that come as part of the book package but you can usually buy the stand alone book without these extras and sometimes that is called the a la carte edition.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2012 8:17:25 AM PDT
anonymous% says:
I disagree. a la carte version is strictly about pages not bound and nothing to do with extras not mentioned.
a la carte version can come with all the extras if it says so, and bounded book can come with no extras.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2015 11:07:12 AM PDT
So its another word for loose leaf?

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 1:01:19 PM PDT
R.G.P. says:
It's just the book except in the 3-hole punch form so that you can put in a binder. I personally use them from time to time and use plastic binder dividers to separate the chapters plus it helps keep the pages from tearing as well. It's pretty convenient for huge books since I keep the whole book in a huge binder (3 inch) and take out the chapter I need that week in a small binder (.5 inch). The extras such as the online codes sometimes come with it, just have to read the Amazon title to make sure it does or not.

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 4:46:15 PM PDT
It's also worth mentioning that it's a gigantic pain in the rump to find a binder that will actually fit the a la carte books. The one I just received is 26.5cm x 30.5cm (~10.5" by ~12"). Impossible to find a binder in such a random size like that. Had I known I would have just spent the extra $50 to save myself the 5 hours I've spent so far running around to 7 different stores where they all told me they sell strange size binders online but don't carry them in-store. Of course, they don't really exist online either...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2015 5:17:09 PM PDT
Yaw Rey says:
Do you really need to have the whole book in ONE binder?
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