Ok, so the new semester has started, and I have a textbook to buy.
Berg, B.L.. (2011). Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
Since I am all for e-texbooks, I’ve started exploring the different options I have. There are basically 5 options out there nowadays:
- Buy the new paper edition.
- Buy a used paper edition.
- Rent the paper edition for the length of the semester.
- Buy the e-textbook.
- Rent the e-textbook.
Below is a recap of what I have found so far.
Quick search on 20MM
I search for my book on the 20 Million Minds textbook search engine.
The digital book linked to 20MM is Coursesmart. Their option is for rental only, unfortunately. I hate the idea that a textbook expires… I like to keep my books around for future reference, so renting is not an option for me.
I found other sites offering the book digitally:
Barnes & Noble official digital textbook platform Nookstudy has the book available in two formats:
- Rental (180-day expiration): $44.41
- Buy: $66.58
Amazon also offers my textbook.
- Buy (Kindle print replica edition): $65.26
Mobile friendly Kno.com (works on iPads and Android) has the book too, but only as a rental.
- Rental (6-month expiration): $34.22
I’m on the fence between the Kindle and the Nookstudy version. Since I have a Kindle Fire, and that the Nookstudy version only works on PCs an Macs, I might opt for that one for this semester. But Nookstudy has the text-to-speech feature enabled, so I’m not quite sure yet.
I’ve had experience with Kno.com during the spring, and I liked the platform enough, but the search was bad. I could only search for keywords in the text, not only through my own notes and highlights (PC version). The iPad version was a little better, but I don’t have one.
Anyway, I hope this can be useful to my student peers too!