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Old 2015-10-30, 00:15   #56
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Possible extra sources (at your own risk, of course):
http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/...=9780534085148

For anyone who wants supplementary reading alongside the above book, I would suggest Davenport:
http://www.cambridge.org/nl/academic...tion?format=PB

Or if you want to get your teeth stuck in (and are willing to spend a little more), the classic is, of course, Hardy and Wright:
http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199219865.do
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Old 2015-10-30, 00:29   #57
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There are a few very slightly more affordable copies on AbeBooks which is owned by Amazon:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear...34085148&sts=t

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Old 2015-10-30, 01:26   #58
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Old 2015-10-30, 13:08   #59
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Now Amazon shows the following prices at http://www.amazon.com/First-Course-N.../dp/0534085148

Edit: In the meantime somebody bought the book. Now it says 12 used & new from $75.52
I did Less than 40 euro.

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Old 2015-10-30, 16:12   #60
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I ordered the Hugh Edgar book from "tacbook" (which I assume is the same place) through Amazon.com (about 15 hours ago). I have yet to receive word of if the order has shipped or if it has been cancelled.
It appears that I am indeed getting the book from Tacoma. It has been shipped and has a USPS tracking number.
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Old 2015-11-01, 20:27   #61
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I did Less than 40 euro.

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Forget it. They sid the book was unavailable and refunded me
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Old 2015-11-01, 22:06   #62
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Forget it. They sid the book was unavailable and refunded me
This is one of the reasons an e-book would be better for this Number Theory course: there are more students than books.
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Old 2015-11-01, 23:12   #63
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Too bad there isn't a way to (legally) copy the book and remunerate the author, especially since the book is out of print.

Maybe $5 per copy, done on the honor system? He probably didn't get $5 for the sale of a new book. And he certainly isn't making any money off of used books.



We know, the world doesn't work like that.
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Old 2015-11-01, 23:13   #64
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Forget it. They sid the book was unavailable and refunded me
IMHO, anyone told that the book they ordered is not available should leave a negative review if their transaction allows it. It is a dirty secret that some of these businesses are claiming to have books that they intend to acquire after making a sale. I have some personal experience in this as several years ago, I sold a few of my used books on Amazon...

I would hang around on an Amazon seller's message board ... and there was a message from someone working for a publisher saying that that he was personally aware that a particular book had not been printed yet despite it being offered for sale by at least one notorious merchant.

I announced my intention to test his statement and ponied up my credit card to buy that very book from the dubious venue. He was so amused that he offered to send me a free copy when the book was eventually actually printed. He nicely followed through and a couple of months later a copy from him arrived at my door.

In the meantime, the notorious covert middleman seller upon cancelling my purchase transaction complied with his particular satisfaction policy by offering a store credit of about ten bucks which I used to buy, irony alert, a number theory book.

I didn't leave him a negative review. I felt the satisfaction policy credit was punishment enough. So, bottom line after all was said and done, I was a couple of books richer and got to talk smack on Amazon's Seller Soapbox (yes, really!) forum.

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Old 2015-11-03, 01:44   #65
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Now Amazon shows the following prices at http://www.amazon.com/First-Course-N.../dp/0534085148

4 New from $110.07 8 Used from\ $80.13 1 Collectible from $75.52
13 used & new from $75.52

In a few days, it will be impossible to buy the book.

Edit: In the meantime somebody bought the book. Now it says 12 used & new from $75.52
I've just checked again. There are only two books now: a used book for $147.66 and a "new" book for $2629.01 (!!!!)

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Old 2015-11-03, 02:12   #66
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There was once a thread about the automatic price gougers. When the prices are with cents, it is frequently a telltale sign of an algorithm (some storefronts are using programs to set the prices). The weirdest anomalies happen when one robot is outbidding another (but adds 15% so that it could buy it, sell it from his account, pay Amazon and still make a profit); the prices can go to millions of dollars (there were precedents).
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