School has started for almost 2 months, the textbook for my course has finally arrived in mail today. Textbook selling in the university bookstore is ridiculously expensive. A new paper back textbook is selling for $120, a well beaten used copy with lots highlight and dog ears is selling for $80. For the same textbook, I can find a new one online for $70 including shipping. It is obvious any reasonable man will order textbook online instead of getting rip off by the bookstore.
Well… everything comes at a price. In the university bookstore, you go home with the textbook in your hand. In a online store, you have to wait patiently for the textbook arrive in snail mail. The online book store, abebooks, I usually buy from is pretty reliable on delivery. Somehow they screw up my order this time, the book never arrive, probably lost in mail. So I have to cancel the original order and order a new one. I end up having no textbook for almost 2 months. Luckily a kind hearted classmate let me photocopy her textbook for the assigned readings. I can also read some sections of the textbook on Google books. I should order the textbook before school starts next time, so it will arrive on time.