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Gonna be a sophomore in college this fall and I spent a crap ton on books this past year. (Astronomy & Physics major requires lots of expensive books)

I was wondering where should I look to buy textbooks on an iPad or some Droid tablet? I looked at CourseSmart (only had 2/5 of my needed textbooks) to buy them for an iPad or Droid tablet.

Just wondering if I can find some place to buy most of em, so then I can convince my parents to buy me a tablet. Plus I hate using big textbooks to do my calculus problems since it takes up so much room on a small desk.
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either will work. technically all textbooks are avaible depending on where you look.
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where do i look, thats what im having a problem with
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I was thing of doing the same thing for a similar reason, I'm an engineering major/physics minor. The only place I've found is called course smart. They only rent ebooks, which is ok by me, since I usually rent non-ebooks as well. I did a trial run with a few classes, and it worked well. However, some professors were a little uptight about using an Internet connected device as an ebook in some situations.
    
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Personally? Borrow a nice camera or use your own, and ask someone to borrow their book for a day. The American education system is a sham, nothing 'teaches' better than in field training, and selling me some overpriced droolcatcher doesn't appeal to me. I hate how everything needs a degree, we had more innovation when pure skill was involved, but let me leave my rants out haha. Scan the book, use an OCR program to translate it into words. Buy a Kindle or something and put the book on that, and you will have the images to refer to if you have any problems. Or buy international, it boils my blood knowing that the same exact book is being sold for less than 4% new of what I borrowed it used for. As for your question on tablets, Android supports flash, I never had a problem with flash when the expensive sites needed it. Good luck. But really, nothing beats a lap/desktop.
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