[nabs-l] Bookstore Problem

T. Joseph Carter carter.tjoseph at gmail.com
Thu Dec 4 15:03:08 UTC 2008


Dezman,

That's exactly the point: If you don't have the ISBN, you can't be sure the 
book you're going to try and buy from someone else is the same book, same 
edition, etc.  It makes buying online a risk most students don't want to 
take.  This "company policy" is unethical, in my opinion.

It certainly isn't going to be a valid defense when the whole ADA question 
comes up.  That's a little complex because the relationship between most 
university bookstores and the universities themselves is not a direct one, 
but that's a solvable problem.

Joseph

On Thu, Dec 04, 2008 at 02:07:18AM -0600, Dezman Jackson wrote:
> Or you might try asking the professor or calling the publisher.  I've 
> gotten this reply from the bookstore too. The only reason I can think of, 
> silly as it is,  is from a business standpoint. If they give you that 
> info, then maybe you have what you need to go shop around for the book at 
> a cheaper price.
>
> Dezman
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>> Hi,
>> If you try searching for the book on a library database sometimes they'll
>> give the ISBN. Or if you try to Google the book title sometimes you can 
>> get
>> it that way.
>> Good luck,
>> Sarah
>>
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>> Hello Everybody
>>
>>
>> For the spring semester i know what I will need to purchase for books. I
>> have access to the title, author, and edition through website. The one
>> piece of information I don't have is the ISBN number. So I emailed the
>> bookstore and said they don't give out the ISBN number. So then I called
>> the bookstore and again they said due to a new company policy they are
>> unable to provide me with the ISBN numbers. Has anyone encountered this
>> problem? Does anyone have suggestions as well?
>>
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Eric Gaudes.
>>
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