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THE MAG YOUR PROBLEMS: BOOKS SO EXPENSIVE.

QWE'RE not very well off and we're already stretched to the limit because my daughter has just started her three-year English course at university.

She came home last weekend with a reading list as long as your arm.

She says the university bookshop and NUS run a secondhand book sale scheme but a lot of novels on her list have been specially chosen for this year's course and she'll have to buy them new.

Can we claim any money for buying her books?

MAUREEN, Erdington A UNFORTUNATELY not, Maureen. But neither you nor your daughter should fork out new prices without first trying internetbased secondhand and discounted new book outlets. Together they stock millions of books, in all languages, at bargain prices.

Sites such as www.swotbooks.com offer secondhand books and new ones at up to 40 per cent off. Or try www.booklovers.co.uk or www.abebook.co.uk. Sites offering online searches for required books include booksearch-at-hay.com If she has to pay for internet access, www.clique.co.uk/bibfind.htm will search free. If she keeps books in good condition, she can, of course, trade in any she no longer needs.
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Date:Oct 5, 2003
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