This unbound three-hole punched version lets you take only what you need to class & incorporate your own notes.
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This edition is more detailed than 9th edition. I love the stuff that they added and revised, such as better pictures and improved examples. The 7th and 9th edition are adequate enough to learn basic biology, but keeping updated with new editions is wise.
Firstly, there are pros and cons for the hardcover and three-ring binder options...
Hardcover: Pro: the whole thing is in one whole piece. Con: the hard cover option is REALLY HEAVY to carry around!
Three-ring binder option: Pro: student can customize how they can segment the chapters by putting the pages in a three-ring binder, so they are not carrying around to much weight of the other chapters. Con: the pages are flimsy and can be torn out of the three-ring binder, if you do not handle the pages with care. also, you have to buy your own three-ring binders to put the pages in before you open the plastic, which is securing your new book.
So, if you are a guy like me, who can carry extra...
This textbook is the same book as the *more expensive* Campbell Biology, also being sold on amazon... The difference is that you also get access to Masteringbiology, which is about 50 bucks on their website. This is obviously the better deal. Anyway, the book arrived brand new and vacuum-sealed with plastic (2 Layers!). Perfect condition. Aside from that, the book is very nice. There are many pictures and diagrams and the text is easy to read, unlike some other textbooks I am required to read... I have already outlined the first few chapters and I am very happy with the purchase, because it is a good textbook, it is much cheaper than my college bookstore, and it included Masteringbiology in the price.
Edit: Just wanted to add that on the Masteringbiology website, you also get access to the Campbell Biology E-book (normally $100 on their website with the mastering), so you don't have to carry the book with you to school for access. I just have to stress how great this E-book...
This book is very detailed, and it is a great book. The problem is it is so expensive that many people, even on Amazon Marketplace, are selling pirated copies (of rather poor printing quality) and international edition (soft binding) of this. I got one from Marketplace. The description is USED LIKE NEW. Indeed it is like new, but the print quality is bad. The paper quality is bad. And the paper varies from one group of pages to another. Frankly some pirated copies I have seen are of better quality. I have looked at all these Marketplace sellers, and you can see tens of new sellers who are selling this book as Like New but used. It is quite unusual. I suspect some (could be many) of them are pirated copies.
So, just beware.
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