How to SAVE money on textbooks, just a sharing!

Oolala, summer is staying while Fall is coming! How can I explain how much I love schools and having classes without getting those “are you serious?” eyes? Well, putting my excitement aside, here comes the worries about new semester “bleeding” for every budget tied college folks. Everyone knows how ridiculous textbooks prices are!

If you are one of us, you are in the right page. Here we goes and starts saving!

I’m an art students, so many of my classes doesn’t need a textbook, so for the coming semester I need two textbooks. Here is the one, for Human Anatomy! Let’s take this one as the example. You go to your campus bookstore website, normally they have scary number. Don’t laugh, I rent all my textbooks from them my first semester in America. This one they rent out for 76.56 dollars, almost the same price for etextbook rent.

Your Customized Textbook List---Mississippi University for Women-Bookstore

If you don’t know, you should go and check it right now. Copy the ISDN and search in bookfinder. You can find different offer from a big number of websites. Much better than you search them one by one and compare the prices by yourself. Search for New & Used Books, Textbooks, Out-of-Print and Rare BooksHere is the result! You got a brand new one at around 53 and a second hand one at 49. Pay attention here! The second hand one shows it is international edition. Here is how AbeBooks describes international edition textbooks:

“Looking for affordable textbooks? Consider international editions – textbooks that have been published outside the US. These books are usually significantly cheaper than textbooks published in the US. Offering tremendous value, international edition textbooks are created to be sold in different regions and are often printed on cheaper paper and are usually softcover. The content may be the same as the U.S. version, or may have differences such as the book cover, ISBN, pagination, or region code

Customers located in the US can now purchase international edition textbooks.  However, note that the publishers of international editions generally do not authorize the sale and distribution of international editions in Canada and such sale or distribution may violate the copyrights and trademarks of the publishers of such works.”

3But wait a second, can we find cheaper ones? Here using google, we can find the ISDN for international edition. which is usually not the same as the edition we find on campus bookstore.



Now we got the ISDN, go back and check in bookfinder again, and that’s where we were leaded. Here is one at 29.99, second hand in Amazon. Sorry I got the one at 28 dollar.



Final action, order it. The shipping fee is 3.99 dollars, so the totally fee is 31.99 dollars. Compared to the beginning 75 dollars for rent, we got our own book for even less than half price. After semester goes, you can sell it again, and get some more money back.


Well, that’s all about searching cheap textbooks. I’m sure there are many others ways you can find good prices, I have a friend who can find free etextbooks online and you can also check libraries. Yeah, I know I have another textbook I need to get, it’s for 19 century European Art History. Since I just got the call from my campus library that they are holding the book for me, so… I’m ready for my new exciting semester!

Enjoy your rest  of the holiday!






Miss. Lulu’s Art Classes

Let me introduce you to the new art teacher in Columbus Art Council! Haha, yes I became a teacher again after my teaching in South Korea and China. Can’t be more excited!

After solving all my drivers’ license, CPT, offer and visa problem, I started my teaching in Art Council Summer Camp in June.

student's work Chloe was not really confident with drawing, usually she would be the first one shouting: ” No, I can’t do that!” But she told me that she had a sister who was a wonderful fashion designer and she was so proud of her. So I asked her if she wanted to design something herself, too. Take a look her first design! I just love it!

photography class Teaching photography with those kids can be always inspiring and fun. They are energetic, smart and always eager to learn new things. We went outside, tried to catch motion at different shutter speed. We also tried cyanotype photography. We even made a paper camera by ourselves! Time just goes too fast!

Liz is copying her Chinese nameI’m surprised by their interests in Chinese culture. They never stopped asking me write their names in Chinese, asking if Mulan is real, asking about Great Wall and schools in China…. Most time in America, I will be told or forced to listen other people’s opinions about China or Asia, most time, people believed in our own ideas and closed the door for a second thought. Sometimes, having a open mind like a kid become such a challenge. A lesson for all of us, the adults believing “I’m right”.

back to “heaven”




周末和沙发客上的朋友在水原市的樱花树下野餐。认识了一个美国来的女孩anjenica,我们在巴士上聊了一路的《美食,祈祷与恋爱》。一群新朋友,世界各地,我们在水原古老的城墙边摆出各种可笑的造型,被我记录在了我的相机里。 我开始用心去体会韩国,体会我除了学习工作外的点点滴滴。




从济州岛回来,还有最后一门考试,社会心理学。算是我在考试的时候最没底的一门,因为改了很多处选项。但结果让我吃惊,我竟然得了最高分48/50。商业沟通课第二,285/300。韩语考试也是颇为顺利的高分通过。 想了想觉得前段时间的努力还是很值得的。


期中考的顺利和频繁的旅行让我有点飘飘然,于是我考虑做一次寺庙体验,既是韩国文化体验必不可少的一部分,也是趁机静下心来,找回平衡。我一直都知道自己很幸运。在周五下午我才开始订寺庙生活营的位置,打了两个寺庙的电话后才知道原来需要提前两周预订。都已经放弃了,突然接到华溪寺的电话说有一个人刚好退订,我可以在这周末过去。一连道了好几个谢后,我乐呵呵地在挂了电话去上课。同学吓唬我说“it’s not easy! they only offer very little food, and you need to clean the plate with your food, and they give you water in your bowl!(这可不轻松呢!他们只给一点点吃的,你还得用吃的把盘子擦干净了,他们把水倒在你碗里给你喝。”我不知道具体细节,但是早上四点起床,108拜等等已经让我多少能感受到不易。但我甩了甩头说“至少我去了才不会觉得遗憾。”