osufunguy, I hope you're out there today. I appreciate your post about the books. When we attended orientation in early July, one of the dads in our group recommended to everyone to wait until the first day of classes to buy books because professors sometimes change books or clarify if something is required (vs. recommended).
When my daughter arrived yesterday, her three roommates already had their books (as they had arrived Friday and all went to the bookstore together). I could see the look of panic in her eyes as she saw this. I told her we would take care of this--not to worry.
My question to you is this--is it too late to buy them on line for fall quarter? If it's not, is amazon.com your recommendation if you buy online? Thanks for the help!