Education Stores - Not as Scary as You Think
Buying books that you want to leisurely read is easy. But buying academic books, school books, and reference books is hard and can sometimes leave a big dent in your wallet. Thanks to online education stores, you can shop academic books in one place and refrain from running to multiple shops for buying what you need.
The first thing you need to do is narrow down what you exactly need and then figure out how detailed you want your material to be. If you want a general and to-the-point olympiad book you can browse through the ones available online. But if you’re searching for a verbose academic text on something specific, then you need to make a note of the titles you need and then start searching for them and other similar reference books.
Don’t Be Shy to Ask
If you’re done browsing and you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask someone who has similar interests as you or send a mail to the customer service. The easiest and quickest way is to get in touch with a friend or a colleague who has already purchased a book from an education store and then figure out if you want to place an order at the same place or a different one.
Ignore Fancy Covers
This one’s hard for most of us as the cover plays a major role whenever we purchase a book. But when it comes to academic books and school books, it’s best to ignore the cover and the number of pretty pictures inside as this should not be used to gauge the credibility of a book. What truly defines a good reference book is the back cover. Another thing that you can do is to ask the book questions that you already know the answer to. If you can find these answers easily without too much struggle, then you’ve landed yourself the right book. But if you can’t, it’s better to look for some other book unless there is no other book on the topics you’re researching about.
Skim Through the Book
If you can check out a few pages of the book before purchasing it, you’ll thank yourself later. This is important to understand whether the book is vague or knowledgable. If the book cannot answer something on a particular topic that you already know the answer to then it’s time to look for another book. This is because it won’t be able to answer any of the other questions you will eventually have.
How Much Do I Spend?
Books designed for Olympiads and most reference books are expensive. This is because the knowledge you will gain from reading these is much more than what a normal General Knowledge book can offer. But if you’re on a tight budget, you can make a list of the books you absolutely can’t do without and then note down the prices. If you can find cheaper alternatives, good for you. But if you can’t, then it’s best to buy the ones that you require. When it comes to reference books, it’s advisable to go for the best research material available.
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