What are the best Biology textbooks for college students?

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    #1Study Guide for Campbell Biology

    Study Guide for Campbell Biology

    Study Guide for Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections is an academic textbook written by Jane B. Reece, Martha R. Taylor, Eric J. Simon, Jean L. Dickey, and Richard M. Liebaert. It includes exercises to test the knowledge of students in Biology.


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    Richard Daniels
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Study Guide for Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections is great for college students that are learning biology. Everything is very written out nicely and there are even tests for the students."
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    #2Campbell Biology in Focus

    Campbell Biology in Focus

    Campbell Biology in Focus is an academic textbook written by Lisa A. Urry, Michael L. Cain, Steven A. Wasserman, Peter V. Minorsky, Robert B. Jackson, and Jane B. Reece. This book focuses on the background and introduction of Biology.


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    Marilyn Carr
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "had to buy this for my son's AP class and I'm sure the book itself is good. I DO NOT however, recommend renting the book. They would only let me rent it for 6 months initially and indicated at the time that I would be able to extend the rental when it expired (since I needed it for 9 months). However, when it came time to renew, they claimed that the publisher wouldn't let me extend the rental and that I now had to BUY the book. If I had known that in the beginning, I would have bought a hard copy so that I could resell it. Now I am stuck with a $100+ ebook that we won't need in three months and can't sell. I'm mad that this was not stated up front and am growing increasingly torqued at Amazon as these types of things seem to be happening more and more. Just buy the book outright and get at least some of your money back at the end. The Kindle version is a rip off."
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    Biology [with ConnectPlus Biology with LearnSmart Access Code] by Peter H. Raven is an academic textbook ideal for Biology major students. This edition was published in 2010.


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    Richard Sanchez
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Not the best biology book out there, but it was useful enough. A little too inexhaustive at times. In short, use it if you have no other options."
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    #4Holt Biology, Student Edition

    Holt Biology, Student Edition

    Holt Biology, Student Edition is an academic textbook written by George B. Johnson and Peter H. Raven. This book highlights what Biology is all about.


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    Johnny Freeman
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "i checked this one out as it was a recommended read in my college curriculum. But i'd say even those who aren't science literates would enjoy the read and gain valuable insight into biology with this one."
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    #5Campbell Biology

    Campbell Biology
    Campbell Biology is a college textbook written by Lisa A. Urry, Michael L. Cain, Steven A. Wasserman, Peter V. Minorsky, and Jane B. Reece. It was originally published in 2013, and it provides an overview with an introduction to Biology.

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    Anthony Morales
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Dubious when I read a description of this as one of the best textbooks ever, I picked it up as a refresher. I was pleasantly surprised! I'm not sure I really even have a mental ranking for 'best textbooks' with which I can make a fair comparison, but it really is a great text. Conveys information very clearly and manages to keep the subject fairly interesting throughout rather than being as dry as a lot of books of its ilk."
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    GENERAL BIOLOGY II: Organisms and Ecology is an academic college textbook written by a biologist writer Dennis Holley. This book highlights the fundamentals of Biology.


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    Juan Valadez
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "My daughter needed this book for college so I bought it for her. I asked her about how the book was doing for her and she said it's what was required for the class. She also said that the book is pretty easy to follow and make sense out of when it comes to Biology. Everything is laid out nicely in a way that makes sense and is easy to take in for students. "
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    #7Understanding Biology

    Understanding Biology

    Understanding Biology is a non-fiction academic textbook written by Peter H. Raven and George B. Johnson. This book is made to be understood by both Biology majors and non-Biology majors.


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    Samuel Martin
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This biology textbook is sort of unremarkable - if you buy it, you'll probably be doing so because you have to buy it for a class, and thus, you'll be focused on attributes other than its content, which is more or less what you'd expect to find in a book written for a general audience. Specifically, the book is a bit overpriced, and some editions fall apart a bit easily. If you are a teacher, you will, again, find this work to be mostly average - maybe there are better works to teach with. It's not something most people would read for pleasure, so it's difficult to review like one would with another kind of book."
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    #8Campbell Essential Biology

    Campbell Essential Biology

    Campbell Essential Biology, 4th Edition is a non-fiction learning textbook by Eric J. Simon, Jane B. Reece, and Jean L. Dickey. This college book highlights the importance of studying Biology.


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    Michael Stephens
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "a good book when it comes to the material, but highly complicated when it comes to the tone and readability."
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    #9Tears of the Cheetah

    Tears of the Cheetah

    Tears of the Cheetah: The Genetic Secrets of Our Animal Ancestors is a standalone nonfiction book written by Stephen J. O'Brien wherein he talks about the survival of the world's endangered and beloved wildlife on earth. 


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    Jose Larson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a great mix of story telling and science lessons. It's more of a history than anything else. I learned a lot on a variety of subjects. It is also very well written. This is a piece of literature, which is hardly ever the case with such books. "
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    #10The Rarest of the Rare

    The Rarest of the Rare

    The Rarest of the Rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds is written by naturalist Diane Ackerman wherein she explains more about details about the world's rarest creatures and their vanishing habitats.


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    María de Lourdes Uribe
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a really neat book. Diane Ackerman travels the world and writes about her adventures and the rare animals that are becoming extinct. I enjoyed this book a lot, it makes you feel like you are side by side on her adventures. This would be an interesting read for biology students"
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    Ornithology is a non-fiction book written by Frank B. Gill which includes the latest research and updates on the evolution of birds. 

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    Sharon Elliott
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "A great way to learn more about the birds my kids and I are finding out on our hikes. It's really an easy read and quite informative. Personally, I'd love it if the book included some lovely glossy coffee table book style photos - I think I could get the kids hooked on it then! "
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    #12The Genius of Birds

    The Genius of Birds

    The Genius of Birds is a non-fiction book written by Jennifer Ackerman which talks about the recently uncovered genius of birds and the latest findings about the bird's brain. 


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Best What are the best Biology textbooks for college students
1Study Guide for Campbell BiologyBooks 33 Paid
2Campbell Biology in FocusBooks 31 Paid
3BiologyBooks 30 Paid
4Holt Biology, Student EditionBooks 26 Paid
5Campbell BiologyBooks 24 Paid
7Understanding BiologyBooks 19 Paid
8Campbell Essential BiologyBooks 13 Paid
9Tears of the CheetahBooks 0 Paid
10The Rarest of the RareBooks 0 Paid

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