Well, after listening to episode 070920, I went back to wrtie something on the forums but there was not a thread for this episode, so I decided to create one specific about books. I will say that most of what they said was correct. Never sell your books back to the bookstore and if possible never buy your books from the bookstore either. I only bought my books once on a university bookstore. I guess you do have to buy the lab manuals for and specific lab since most of them are written by the university faculty. However, I guess the advice that Scrym gave depends on the career that you are pursuing. If you take calculus, general chemistry, and all the begginging classes is ok to get old editions, but if you have past the first two years and you are getting into more deeper classes I would recommend to get the latest edition. For example if you are studing Molecular Biology or plain strait Biology, those books are updated at least every four years, I mean is a constant evoultion if you are taking any biological science mayor. I guess it is the same with most mayors out there, my brother is studing to get his computer science degree and he still have to get his books but then again for him his hw does matter cuz it is about 60 percent of his grade.
Also if you are to buy a book try to find the cheapest international edition, that can be a savings of at least 100$ and it is the same thing, the only different is that it is not hard cover. I normally use Big Words to find anything that I need. That also helps if you want to find a very old manga or rare dvd.
Well I hope it helps, and mr period be kind to me I am typing really fast cuz I have to go to work soon :P