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Does it ever serve to save old textbooks?

March 19th, 2010 at 07:45 pm

I wonder about this.

First off, I have only saved the textbooks that I thought would help serve me later in life. Books on accounting (my major) from financial to managerial. I've saved my legal and negotiation books.

I've even saved my psychology & human resources books. Books like "How to Work With Difficult People", "Type Talk", along with books for hiring like "Top Grading".

In the end, I haven't touched a majority of these books in a long time and as I stare at my monsterous Becker books for the CPA exam - I wonder, will I ever use them again?

My accounting textbooks from undergrad are easily 6-7 years old. My tax book is from 2008 and already outdated.

Maybe my legal book will serve to be a good reference. Surely with my anticipated job search the TopGrading and other human resource books should be helpful, along with my books for conflict resolution & negotiation.

Hmmm... maybe I just don't see the value in these books because I just don't have the time at the moment. I'm sure at some point I will be glad to have them in my library.

Ok, maybe not my undergraduate accounting books. Aside from being out-dated, I haven't touched them. Yet maybe I'll stand to part with them a few years after I've been working as an accountant. The overall rules may change, but the fundamental principles usually don't.

Since I'm not a working accountant now, I'm sure I'll feel more confident parting with them after I have experience to reassure me that the knowledge has become a part of my everyday information. Till then, I guess we're going to have to take it with us on our move.

All these thoughts sparked from DH. He is working on his associates degree and should graduate before we move.

Anyhow, he told me the company he rented his textbooks from (Chegg) planted two trees for the two textbooks that he rented. I thought that was a wonderful idea & for $92, he has textbooks rented for the semester.

Those same textbooks would have cost $150 used. I think I like this idea of renting textbooks if I wasn't so interested in holding onto mine.

7 Responses to “Does it ever serve to save old textbooks?”

  1. thriftorama Says:

    I saved an art history book from 2000, but mostly because I think it's a good reference.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    I saved Samuelson's Economics because I think it's poetry--and it got me so intrigued with economics.

    But making texts outdated is the name of the game in that industry.

  3. Homebody Says:

    OMGosh, I kept my economics books too....

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    I saved books from my major. In the beginning, I would reference them a few times, then they sat on the shelf for years. Now...they have been recycled. I don't own even own one textbook. DH still has many of his...also not being used.

    I think renting is a great idea. Or at the very least sell back right after you have used it to get some of that money back!

  5. monkeymama Says:

    I saved a lot of textbooks over the years.

    The accounting ones are useless.

    CPA review course would be the most useless of all - nothing you will ever use practically. (Doesn't that make you feel great? Studying and all?). I don't think I was even tempted to save mine - tossed those the day I passed the exam.

    Something else no one mentioned - SO MUCH information is all over the internet these days. I think the internet makes textbooks even more obsolete.

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I have not regretted saving the ones I did. In fact, I've regretted getting rid of a couple.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    I agree with monkeymama that most things can be found online, the library or a used book store if really needed.

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