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Several Options Available for Textbook Purchases

By Jennifer Lane
Editor In Chief

As frenzied rush grinds to a halt, reality once again will start to sink in. There'll be classes to register for, and one burdensome and expensive task that every student must face several times a year - textbook purchasing.

While the traditional site for this semesterly ritual is the MIT Coop, located in Kendall Square, an aspiring student could probably find some textbooks for a lower price, if they looked and waited long enough.

For instance, Computational Structures, used in Computation Structures (6.004) sells for $70 at the Coop and the MIT Press, while it is going for $58 at Quantum Books.

The Coop

The Coop is currently stocking 80 percent of the textbooks needed for next semester's classes. This is 12 percent ahead of where they were this time last year, said Bob Devine, general manager of The Coop in Kendall.

The Coop is the contact for the majority of MIT professors and works closely with professors to ensure that textbooks are available. "We have a pretty good working relationship," Devine said.

The Coop is "shooting for 10 percent"used book sales this year, and they are currently at about 12 percent, he said. Last year, The Coop had only 3 percent used book sales.

Used books are sold at 25 percent off the new book price.

Calculus with Analytic Geometry, used for Calculus (18.01) and Calculus (18.02) is sold at The Coop for $86.50.

University Physics Volume One, for Physics I (8.01) is selling for $58, and Volume Two for Physics II (8.02) will cost students $47.50.

The Coop has a 27 percent markup on textbooks.

Students may sell their textbooks back to the Coop at up to 50 percent of their cost at the end of the semester, Devine said.

The Coop will also run a shuttle between living groups and their store on Aug. 2, 3, and 4.

MIT Press

The MIT Press, located across the street from The Coop, publishes many of the textbooks students will use this semester.

Students willing to look around for textbooks, especially computer science texts, may be able to find a better deal at the MIT Press.

The store sells texts at the MIT Press recommended price.

APO Book Exchange

Alpha Phi Omega, a coed service fraternity, will once again spomsor a book exchange. There, students may find books at lower prices.

The book exchange will be held Aug. 2 through Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Quantum Books

Quantum Books, located at the corner of Ames and Broadway, sells very few textbooks. "It's not a large part of our business," said Sheila Cecchi, manager of corporate accounts and customer service for Quantum Books.

However, they do stock several electrical engineering and computer science textbooks.

Because Quantum orders books in small quantities, they may be able to offer the book at a lower price than The Coop, which must stock a large quantity, Cecchi said.