Financial & Managerial Accounting
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2013
Do not spend the money on the additional expense of ConnectPlus!
Save yourself the money; rent a Kindle edition and purchase a Connect Registration code for your online homework.

McGraw Hill falsely claims an eBook that is not viewable on devices with eReaders ie iPad, Kindle, etc., but through a web browser only, with no page-by-page reading option. And if you do want it accessible offline, your instructor has to "create" the text on McGraw Create, and you have to purchase it from that website. As it does not qualify as the eBook with your $300 purchase. As for the eBook browswer, It also does not support the eBook "standard" features of a highlighter and post it notes. Instead you are only able to arrow/tab pages left and right, skip pages, search terms, and print. When asked why this feature wasn't supported, The McGraw tech support staff said, "It's just not." And when I asked how I can prevent overpaying in the future for a feature that isn't available, they told me I had to call McGraw customer support every time I'm interested in a book to ask if all eBook features are fully supported. These unsupported items were never disclosed, and I could even search the help FAQs for questions answering this issue.

Do not waste your money on this product! Rent and buy Connect only. You can spend $90, instead of $300 .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2014
For some reason it has the reviews for both rental links which confuses everyone. Those who rented book only for $29.99 are posting that it didn't come with the access card. If you want the access card, order the $88.16 and it will come with a unscratched code.

$29.99 rental link - no access card
http://www.amazon.com/Financial-amp-Managerial-Accounting-Williams/dp/0078111048/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

$88.16 rental link with access card with brand new code
http://www.amazon.com/-/dp/0077504011%3FSubscriptionId%3D1CEWMH553RWXM9Q4D682%26tag%3Dgctbooks-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D0077504011
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
I have to agree with a lot of the other reviews. There are various issues with this textbook that will leave you with a severe dislike of managerial accounting and a less than stellar grade. To preface my review, I used this textbook during the Fall 2012 semester for an independent study online course in my MBA program.

1. Each chapter is too concise. The concepts are often explained in the language of accountants and you'll only get one example of (or one way to view) a particular concept.
2. The end of chapter homework does not include an answer key or explanations. Your only way to really practice the concepts is by using the online access component, which is shoddily designed and also not helpful. Believe it or not, a lot of students prefer to work with a paper, pencil, and calculator.
3. The online access component consists of three parts: practice homework, regular homework, and quizzes. The problem I frequently encountered was that you would work through the practice homework and feel fairly confident about your understanding of the chapter, but then the regular homework would completely blindside you and have no similarities to the practice homework. The quizzes were a toss-up as to whether they related to the homework concepts.
4. There seemed to be a lot of errors in the online component where none of the answers to a question were correct. From what my professor told the class, this was due to a mix-up between the 15th and 16th edition answer keys.

I know that some of these are typical student complaints, and I'm one of those people who does not "get" accounting, but in an independent study course, the book is all I really have to learn the subject matter. To be a good reviewer, I have some suggestions in case the authors are reading this review:

1. Please be consistent in your terminology when explaining concepts in each chapter. For example, if you use the term "earnings", please continually use that term throughout the rest of the chapter instead of switching to "profits". This is a really base example, but not all of us are professional business jargon speakers. Studying should be about learning the concepts, not developing a mental thesaurus of the various terms that describe cost of goods sold.
2. If you must use the online component, please check for consistency between the practice homework, regular homework, and quizzes. The presentation of problems and concepts tested should ideally be presented in a similar manner between the three, with the difference being in level of difficulty.
3. Give us back the end of chapter homework! Unless, of course, the end goal is to gain another $50 for a poorly executed online access component?
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2011
Don't Buy this Book! This is the absolute worst textbook that I have had the displeasure of being required to use. During the course of my academic career. I have been required to use textbooks that were not well written and/or used for the wrong target audience. This Book has the the most unclear ass-backward approach to explaining almost every single topic. Most of the examples are poorly written at best. Whereby after many explanations an example used to demonstrate the principal or practice given that wont even use the same terminology. Many topics have a string examples that are intended to be referenced from earlier subjects to show a pattern that stop and start in inexplicable patterns, are interrupted by other examples that don't apply. There is NO clear linear thinking blind it. There are so many times were All they had to do is say "To find Term 1 all you have to do is take Term X plus Term Y then Divided by Term Z" But instead all they did was ramble on and show loosely connected examples.

Teachers considering this Book for use, Please don't do it just for the ease of giving online homework. The Connect Plus online resource.... Is Just As Bad.

For the Authors of this Book: Shame on you, stop being lazy, More words doesn't equate to a better explanation. Show all the equations, write examples that make sense!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2014
If you RENT, it is NOT guaranteed that an Connect Plus access card will be included. Although, the product description/title advertises that it would be included, but this is NOT true. I did a test by renting this book TWICE. The first time I got both the book and access card. The second time I just got the book. Remember to return the book within 30 days if you are one of the unlucky buyers that just got the book. This review is for the Rental option.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2013
This book does not come with a connect card. It is worthless to college students. You will still have to buy the $70 connect code elsewhere.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
I have never reviewed a text book but I really don't care for this one. The text provides great material but when it comes to questions for homework at the end of the chapters, there have been so many times that topics weren't covered in the chapter. The professor ends up clarifying for us. Also, the way questions are worded can lead to ambiguity. Luckily, I went to undergrad for finance so this is mostly review...
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on February 27, 2014
Needed it for school so it's not like it's J.K. Rowling hot off the shelf but is a great book that was easy to read for accounting.
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on March 12, 2014
If it weren't required for class, I never would have gotten it. If this isn't your kinda thing, enlist extra help right away, because it's not the kind of book you can read and just teach yourself, you really need a good teacher to help things sink in (which I did not have). Hopefully, I'll pass the class the second time around.
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on February 7, 2014
This book was the required book for my Accounting classes. While the book and the CONNECT website would be great for a traditional in-seat class, I would highly suggest getting the Study Companion or some other resource to assist if you are taking the class Online.
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