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Ordering textbooks - package components?

machupicchumachupicchu Posts: 14Registered User New Member
edited August 2011 in SUNY at Stony Brook
I am about to order my textbooks, however I don't understand what a package component is. Specifically my class MAT 131/Calculus 1 has several package components and one required package.

I know that the bookstore explains package components with this - "Titles that are designated as "Package Component" are components of a required package used for your course. If you would like to purchase the entire package, please select it. If however, you plan on using only pieces of the package, some or all may be available individually."

However like I said I don't really understand what this means. I want to make sure that I get everything I need for my course, so any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Replies to: Ordering textbooks - package components?

  • worryworryworryworry Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    I think the other books within the package are optional if you want to use them for further study or learning aids, however that is my guess and I'm not 100% sure myself.
  • machupicchumachupicchu Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    So it's alright that I don't order them right away? Whatever I already did that anyway lol. I guess we'll see what happens.
  • DelfinoMDelfinoM Posts: 161Registered User Junior Member
    Book store being hilariously confusing to ensure profits like always.

    By law(recently), whenever they sell a "package" of say textbook, online hw access,ebook, whatever bundled with a textbook. These extras must also be purchasable separately and those are the "package components"

    There should be a main "required" book on the list that should have the silly extras
  • machupicchumachupicchu Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    Oh, so basically package components are just pieces of the required textbooks sold seperately? Good to know, thanks.
  • DelfinoMDelfinoM Posts: 161Registered User Junior Member
    I could be wrong but that should be the way it is. Once past freshmen year, you have alot more freedom in getting textbooks from other sources because they tend to special edition some stupid books for some of the intro courses. I think I only spent $500 in the four semester on engineering books.
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