Bookstore bites the big one

By Cristin Marcy
February 6, 2003

Angelina Wagner

It is now February, and the bookstore is still holding out. Students are still pushing and fighting for the last few books left like it was the first week of classes.

Sure it is true many students are starting to buy their books on-line, but what about the students that still rely on the bookstore? It has been my experience that the bookstore has failed the students by not having the books available. It seems to me the purpose of the bookstore is to have books the teachers requested, and have them on time.

This semester I have been unable to purchase four different books due to the fact they have “sold out” or have not yet come in. Yes, they are willing to special order the books that have been “sold out” but what good are they to me a week after it is assigned to be read? By the time the bookstore gets the book, it will be useless to me.

It is a waste of time and effort when teachers and professors have to take time out of class and see who doesn’t have the book and then worry about how they can help that person get a copy on time. None of this would be an issue if the bookstore just ordered the numbers of books the professors ask for instead of 70 percent of the expected number needed. I don’t see what the big deal is with having a few extra books around, they only send back the books in the middle of the year.

It is also ridiculous that the “bookstore” only has books for a limited time. One would think that a student would be able to get books during anytime of the semester considering most teachers use more than one book. Some of those books are needed right away and then others books are not needed until the middle of the semester, but do not delay on getting those because suddenly all the books disappear and not one is to be found. What happens if a student gets their book stolen or loses it, and then they have to go the rest of the semester without a book, because it is more convenient for the bookstore not to have books for the whole semester?

It is also the complaint of many students that the prices of the books are too high. And I can understand they maybe cannot control prices but they can definitely control the amount of books in which they order. If the books were more reasonably priced then more students would rely on the bookstore and not the Internet. But they are too afraid to take the chance with the bookstore in fear of never getting the book. So my advice is look for alternatives other the bookstore unless you want to be without a book.

Just a word of advice for the bookstore: be more student oriented or the students may seek the opportunity to buy books else- where.

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