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Most students buy their books from one of the three main bookstores on the University of Michigan's campus, and at the one specialty "English" bookstore.


What you should know about buying your books at the University of Michigan:

  • Generally, the campus bookstores have similar prices so there is no point in "shopping around" for the lowest new book price. (It's not worth the trouble for $5. Shopping online for lower prices is another story, but we'll get to that in a minute.)
  • Some professors (particularly those in the English department) like to support the local Ann Arbor businesses and only list their books at Shaman Drum, link listed below. You will be unable to find the books at any of the other stores.
  • Buying used books is cheaper than buying new books. If you live near Ann Arbor it's not a bad idea to buy your books early, before everyone comes back to Ann Arbor. Definitely buy your books before classes start if you want to have your pick at the best used books.
  • If you want to save even more money on your books go to the bookstore, get the books ISBN number and use websites such as amazon.com or marketplace.umich.edu.
  • Lastly, note that you can pre-order and reserve used or new books using many of the Ann Arbor bookstores' websites.


Main Ann Arbor Bookstores (a.k.a. Book Stores):

(1) Ulrich's bookstore, Ann Arbor (not Ulrick's)
Located at corner of East and South University. Probably have the largest selection of any of the stores. I'd go here first. If they don't have what you want in stock you can check the other two main stores, but before you do I'd check with the store help and make sure the professor has specified the book you need for your class. Most of the time when Ulrich's doesn't have it, it's because the professor has not ordered the book yet. (This happens more than you might think!)

(2) Michigan Union Bookstore, Ann Arbor
Located in the basement of the Michigan Union. Has a decent selection of books.

(3) Michigan Book & Supply Bookstore, Ann Arbor
Located at the Corner of S. State and N. University. My least favorite of the three.

(4) Shaman Drum Bookstore, Ann Arbor
Located at 313 S. State, on state street north of North University on the east side of the street. If your English class's books are here and you decide to buy it somewhere else make sure you get the same edition of the book or your page numbers may be different from those of your classmates and professor.

 


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