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Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections Plus MasteringBiology with eText -- Access Card Package (7th Edition) Hardcover – Feb 9 2011


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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1 year edition cycle? June 13 2012
By Nicholas E. Ludden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This 7th edition was released only 1 year after the 6th edition. If you are a professor do you students a kindness and select a text published by a less greedy publisher. It is obvious the only reason for such a quick edition cycle is to eliminate the secondary market and force students to pay the full new price every year.
35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Pearson = Oligopoly July 14 2012
By C.B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have a bit of a problem with Campbell. Like Pearson, Campbell prints texts and then changes the edition every year in order to keep selling books at inflated, publishers' prices instead of allowing students the chance to turn in used copies. Talk about a oligopoly system. Used copies lose value after a year (or a semester) depending on when Pearson decides to switch editions. One professor specifically stated that the only changes Campbell makes within the different editions are the photographs.

Do yourself a favor and purchase an older edition, and the online lab key separately. The book is also not great in terms of provided information. I'm a pre-med student nearing graduation. I found this book to be about as basic as most beginning high school biology books. Make SURE you attend lectures if your assigned this book you'll be missing a crucial abundance otherwise.

On another note, since I noticed a couple of people found this review non-helpful, biology texts are virtually unchanging. Yes, data sets and new research are continually changing and new information available, but for the most part, these basic level books don't change by much given the solid nature of the basic sciences. Where higher sciences are concerned, I select the newer text editions. Where basics are concerned, the information hasn't changed in hundreds of years (ex.Mendel's Laws, Germ Theory, Redox etc.). We are taught that we should ALWAYS question science, and anything we are learning, but in that same regard, shouldn't we also question a slimming wallet/pocketbook?

Fellow Students: Do yourself one more favor! If you're going to buy a NEW textbook, buy it from AMAZON and get a Prime account. It is WELL worth the money.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Love / Hate Relationship with the text Nov. 14 2012
By Benjamin A. Haizlip - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love the book. I use it for my Pre AP and my AP Biology students. My HUGE gripe though is about the construction of the book. I bought about 35 of them last year on Amazon, brand new. I've already had to repair at least 10 of them. The cover comes off, or pages come out. Wonderful text, but HORRIBLE construction on the physical book itself. If I had a class set of iPads, I'd buy this book in a second. Content wise I'd award 5/5. However, because of the shoddy construction, I give the physical text 1/5 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Biology Sept. 3 2011
By Lorenzo Sampson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Easy reading; organized presentation of the subject. My daughter found this book to be an asset to her class notes and handouts.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Online access code not included Sept. 5 2013
By Kbat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Was extremely disappointed after I received my rented textbook and realized that (I thought) they forgot to include my online Mastering Biology access code. I spoke with someone from Amazon and he told me that when renting the textbook, they do not include the online code. This is quite a blow for me as I'm a "poor college student" and thought that I was getting a great deal. Now, I'll be returning the textbook and I won't get my $77.88 back until they receive/process my return, which now holds me up from buying the book and code from Amazon or elsewhere. Amazon needs to clearly state that when renting, nothing extra is included with the book. They also need to change the receipt they send with your textbook, as mine stated I was supposed to receive an online code. 🚽


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