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UNDERSTANDING ART provides a balanced approach to appreciating art, incorporating coverage of masterworks from the past and present. Author Lois Fichner-Rathus combines a conversational writing style with rich images, all designed to inspire understanding of the art that surrounds you in everyday life.
Scammed by Amazon
By Monochrome Ape on Jan 17, 2014
As with a couple of other reviewers, I have had huge problems trying to sell this book back to Amazon. I purchased the "Book Only" version without the course mate materials. When I received the book, there was a sticker on the back cover with an ISBN number indicating it was the "Book Only" version, but the ISBN listed inside the front cover is that of the Book + Course Mate package. When I went to trade the book back in AS THE SAME ISBN THAT AMAZON USED TO SELL IT TO ME it was rejected. They also kindly defaced the sticker on the back before returning it to me in somewhat more beat-up condition than when I shipped it. I spoke to several individuals in customer service was completely underwhelmed by their ability to correct the situation. All suggested that I try again with a note included in the return box and in my customer file explaining the situation and requesting contact before the book was rejected again. The book was once again rejected without any further contact from Amazon. I find this unbelievably frustrating. How can this be? This book was Understanding Art (Book Only) when I bought it from Amazon, but that's not what it is when I go to sell it back using the exact same ISBN number listed on my Amazon order. The sticker that was on the back of this book makes me feel like I was deliberately deceived and knowingly given a product that did not actually match what I paid for. This type of situation should either warrant Amazon taking the book back as the same ISBN that they used to sell it, or refunding the original order because the wrong product was shipped. In reality, it somehow falls into a poor customer service limbo where you end up accepting the futility of trying to get the situation resolved and just stick the thing on a bookshelf somewhere or sell it to a university bookstore for next to nothing. The book itself was helpful in my studies, but if you choose to order it from Amazon be aware that you're not going to be able to trade it back in.
Worth every penny
By John on Mar 19, 2012
I bought this text book for my online art class and aced it. Most art classes will have custom textbooks based on Understanding Art. Don't purchase a custom book. Just get this eBook. It has the same content and it can run on your kindle devices (iPhone, laptop, tablet, kindle).
By Jflow2012 on Oct 02, 2012
To make a long story short, this book is really well-made and does a good job describing content and has good images in the books as well. It was a good pick by my art teacher and I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about art.
DONT BUY THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON
By Agnome on Jun 14, 2013
The book is great, but DO NOT BUY IT FROM AMAZON. When you go to trade it back in they will refuse it and say it doesnt have the ecard that DID NOT ORIGINALLY COME WITH IT and even if it did it is a USED UP CARD and if you try to "trade-in" as "book only" THEY RETURN IT AND SAY ITS NOT THE SAME, even though I clicked on the very original order where I originally purchased it from Amazon. LAST TEXTBOOK I BUY FROM AMAZON. BUY THE BOOK ELSEWHERE
By Percussion05 on Jun 20, 2014
We were able to use the order versions of this book for our class. But I kept this one, because I like new books and it had some interesting updates that the others did not have. It was well put together for the topics, and I really enjoyed having it for my class. Art Appreciation was a easy because I was able to have this book for a great reference point.
By Tim on Jan 22, 2013
Everything shows fine but if your not used to having location instead of page numbers then I would suggest buying the paper copy or renting it from barnes and noble using the nook app
Great for Class
By Rose O on Jun 24, 2014
This book helped me to understand what was expected from me in my class. Loved the write-ups on all the paintings and statues.
By Moises on Jan 17, 2014
very nice book needed it for art and learned everything from it i recommend getting it if u need it.
By Kaleysawyers on Sep 16, 2013
The exact book I need. Brand new, cheaper than my bookstore I would have bought it for. Thank you. Got it on perfect timing.
Great textbook, with lots of references and visuals to ...
By Aussieindallas on Jan 12, 2015
Great textbook, with lots of references and visuals to help you understand the history and language of art. I rented this book for a course I was doing in college, but I wouldn't mind actually owning it some day.