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Initial post: Jul 21, 2011 7:16:15 AM PDT
Sonny Li says:
The chemistry book my school has listed is:

Edition:3RD 11
ISBN: 9780393149623

I found this on Amazon:
Chemistry: The Science in Context (Third Edition)

Everything is the same except for the ISBN, but I can't find that ISBN anywhere even just tried googling that specific ISBN. So is this the same book? or should I just spend the extra 60 dollars and buy it from my bookstore to be on the safe side?

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 8:32:30 PM PDT
Check this page, if it gets through: (if it doesn't, I'll post again again and get inventive)

Scroll down and look over the "Other Formats" area. The one you were told to go get was the softcover edition; the one you can find is the hardcover.



Anyway, that's what's going on. Can't tell you what to do about it though :)

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 7:59:27 AM PDT
Karen M. says:
Generally speaking, if the ISBN doesn't match exactly with what was assigned, it means that your school, or even your individual professor, has commissioned a "special edition" for your class. In my experience, the differences between the "special edition" and the standard edition are miniscule. In one case, the only difference was literally the colors used -- they used our college colors. If your instructor, the department head, supervising faculty, etc. is an author of the textbook, they do this to change the ISBN slightly to discourage rentals and the secondary (used) book market.

I try to avoid those instructors/classes, because I think they're predatory a-holes for doing that. That being said, it's generally okay to use the standard text. If you can make even one friend in the class that can help you out if you are assigned work directly from the book, just to make sure that it's the same, you're probably fine. And really, few college professors really do that. If you are taking your class online, however, it might be worth the extra money to buy the required edition.

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 8:01:54 AM PDT
Karen M. says:
PS, the Library of Congress web site is a great place to figure out what the standard ISBN is for any given textbook when they don't come up on search. Our state college bookstores are run by B&N. I figured out all this stuff when I tried to buy an assigned book from the public B&N website to use a discount, and the ISBN wouldn't come up. Theiving rat bastards.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2011 9:37:16 AM PDT
willard says:
having same problem, i believe isbn# is unique to a college, go to borders site punch in intermediate algebra by lial used you wil get dozen that all diff isbn# for $ 1.04 each. use my isbn# $ 162.00 me thinks me smells a RAT

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2011 9:40:53 AM PDT
willard says:
many book will become avail 8-1-2011 just enough time so you have to use college bookstore (double rat)

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 10:01:45 AM PDT
willard says:
attention: i am not going into great deatail, buuuut when buying books online watch out for ecampus(subs you order to other suppliers then dosent know you) greattext books ( you may not get what you ordered) i personally have decided to use amazon - ebay or other big sites . pay a little more o hastle

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 1:58:37 PM PDT
Sonny Li says:
Thank you for all the help! And Axe thanks the site worked (and lol why didnt I think of just going to the publishers website). I'm going to assume that hardcover/paperback editions are the same hopefully. Though I have no idea why at BN (its a college bookstore/BN store) the paperback would be more expensive than the hardcovers everywhere.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2011 10:56:54 AM PDT
L. L. Bowers says:
check with your bookstore to see if ISBN 9780393149623 is a book that is custom for the professor/school - - if so, this book may not work as custom books may have added or removed material and are more than likely not going to be found available to buy online

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2011 5:52:56 PM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2011 6:06:59 PM PDT
willard says:
try again on august 1st , that seems to be the magic day

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 6:23:33 AM PDT
F. hopkins says:
I'm not able to find these two books:

McGraw-Hill Reader Pkg W/E-BK/Connect p
ISBN: 9780077943929


My Student Success Pkg
ISBN: 9781256043140

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2011 8:44:34 AM PDT
willard says:
i know some isbn # books will become available the first of august. check again monday

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 9:07:18 PM PDT
A. Gress says:
I need help too! Looking for:
ISBN: 9781111704056

Author: PRIDE
Edition: 10th

I wonder if this is the book, although the ISBN is different...

also what would the bundle be? any help appreciated... this book goes for $150 at my bookstore =(

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2011 1:51:33 AM PDT
willard says:
the bundle is either a work book or possably an internet code for online work, as for the isbn # some #@$%^&*&&^%$ professors have small changes made in books to eliminate cheap books. PURE GREED. had same prob,bit the bullet (cussed) & wrote the check lol

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 11:58:59 PM PDT
Barbara says:
Okay everyone. When you are given an ISBN# that you can't find, most likely you are being told to buy
1. a bundle (also know as value package) that is not common enough to come up in searches
2. a custom edition
3. In the case of the poster, it seems it was just the less popular softcover binding

These are ALL tricks by the publisher to make it difficult for you to find what you need USED. If it was up to them, every textbook would be disposed of after the semester was over. They do NOT like used book sales - less money for them. I have seen "new" editions with ZERO changes (other than the page numbers being different, to make homework assignments impossible to do with the old edition), and custom editions with NO different information, AND, I know for a fact that Pearson Publishing has actually CHANGED the ISBN# of a few of their most popular textbooks - JUST for the purpose of making used copies harder to find! And Pearson is not the only one that is devious and coniving - what these publishers do SHOULD be illegal and IS extremely unethical, IMO.

Anyway, what you can do is this:
My first and best recommendation is to email your professor! If you can't, and if you can't wait until class starts (MANY students wait for class because so often what the college shows as the required material is WRONG), then see below.
For #1 or #3 - Go to the publisher's website and then you should be able to look up the ISBN# you need. They SHOULD give a description of what the ISBN# includes if it's a value package, or what other types of binding are available if it's just a different format. For value packages, you can then try to purchase the items separately.
#2 - If it's a custom edition, VERY rarely is there more information. I have never been able to find a custom edition on the publishers website either. Sometimes custom editions have parts cut out of it, but I highly doubt they would ever have signifcantly more material - 99% of the time, you CAN use the regular edition book instead of the custom. If you can get the name of the book, the author and the edition, you should be able to find the regular edition textbook and go with that if it's significantly cheaper.

FYI - EVERY single seller on Amazon is REQUIRED to accept returns within 30 days of the purchase, even if it's just because you changed your mind. Keep in mind, YOU will be responsible for the return shipping and will not get your original shipping refunded. Also, sellers are permitted to charge a restocking fee, but it CANNOT exceed 20%. So you may not get all of your money back, but if it is $150 book, it is better than ending up stuck with it. Be aware, GOOD sellers, especially ones that care about their feedback (PAY ATTENTION TO THAT WHEN YOU'RE BUYING - DON'T JUST GO WITH THE CHEAPEST PERSON!!!) will charge a very small restocking fee if any at all!

Good luck, everyone.
(Pearson math textbooks are my specialty, especially "mymathlab and mystatlab student access kits". Post a comment if you have a question about a math or statistics by Addison Wesley or Pearson Publishing, and I will try to help you.)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2011 12:37:52 AM PDT
willard says:
use this mess as a learning lesson, for those that are taught that the world is a fair & just place (BULL) this is reality biting you in the butt. a certain # of professors & schools are just plain greedy(I GOT MINE NOW YOU TRY TO GET YOURS)advice from an old man (me) make everything a learning exper. lol
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