Biochemistry and cell biology textbooks

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This page attempts to give an overview of commonly used biochemistry textbooks, starting the with the most commonly used textbooks in biochemistry and cell biology over ebooks to freely available books online.

Contents

The classics

short title latest edition ebook $ price € price rating
Alberts 2007 (5th) $109 $128 61€ 4.5 (58x)
Lodish 2007 (6th) no $123 59€ 4.5 (26x)
Stryer 2010 (7th) no $140 56€ 4 (3x)
Voet 2010 (4th) no $169 59€ 4 (53x)
Lehninger 2008 (5th) no1 $120 57€ 4.5 (39x)
Campbell/Reece 2010 (9th) no $156 59€ 4 (38x)

Prices are approximate and were looked up on amazon.com and amazon.de in December 2011.
Ratings are amazon average star rating; the best score is 5; the number of reviews averaged is in brackets.
1 Lehninger & eBook [1] gives the probably false impression that an ebook is included [2]

eBooks

To date, few of the major textbooks (see above) are made available as ebooks, possibly because of fear of illegal copying or lack of demand. However, textbooks from Garland Science (Alberts, Janeway,..) are now available in cooperation with vitalsource. Unfortunately, as I was told by the European representative in 1/2012, Garland does not sell the ebook outside the US/Ca.

A few smaller textbooks and guides can be read electronically (see below). In addition, many specialised or lesser known books are available as ebooks (search for biochemistry on amazon.com or amazon.de).

title latest edition format € price rating
Molecular and Cell Biology For Dummies 2009 Kindle 11€ 4.5 (11x)
Biochemistry For Dummies 2011 (2nd) Kindle 13€ 3 (2x!)
Biochemistry Study Guide (Mobi) 2006 Kindle 16€ 5 (1x!!)
Harper's Illustrated Biochemistry 2009 (28th) Kindle 33€ 3.5 (6x)
title latest format rating

Prices are approximate and were looked up on amazon.com and amazon.de in December 2011.
Ratings are amazon average star rating; the best score is 5; the number of reviews averaged is in brackets.

Principles of Biology

Over 50 undergraduate instructors, artists, researchers, and journalists are composing a new digitial only textbook called Principles of Biology. The project is a collaboration of the Nature Publishing Group who provide editorial experience and faculty members of the California State University who review the material and advise the project [3]. The book was announced to be ready for internal CSU review by September 2011 [4]. Engadget has some screenshots.

NCBI Bookshelf


Specialised textbooks

Genetics

title latest edition ebook € price rating
Genetics (Hartwell) 2010 (4th) no 45€ 4 (26) 3rd!
A Primer of Genome Science (Gibson) 2009 (3rd) no 60€ 4.5 (2)
Genes (Lewin) 2009 (10th) no 53€ 3.5 (6)
Introduction to Genetic Analysis (Griffiths) 2010 (10th) no 53€ 3.5 (16) 9th!
iGenetics (Russell) 2009 (3rd) no? 78€ 4 (5)
Genomes 3 (Brown) 2006 (3rd) no 30€ 3 (4)
Human Molecular Genetics (Strachan) 2010 (4th) vitalsource $103 55€ 4.5 (14) 3rd!
Genetics in Medicine (Nussbaum) 2007 (7th) kindle 42€ 59€ 4.5 (8)

Medical focus

title latest edition ebook € price rating
Biochemistry with Clinical Correlations (Devlin) 2010 (7th) no 62€ 4 (8x)
Janeway's Immunobiology 2011 (8th) vitalsource $92 47€ 5 (5x)
Cell Biology (Pollard..) 2007 (2nd) no 69€ 4 (9x)
The Cell (Cooper..) 2009 (5th) no 106€ 4 (1x!!)
The Biology of Cancer (Weinberg) 2006 (1st) vitalsource $98 106€ (new) 5 (42)
short latest ebook [ €] [rating ]

Developmental biology / Embryology

title latest edition ebook € price rating
Developmental Biology (Gilbert) 2010 (9th) online, 51€ 180 days! 52€ 4 (19)
Principles of Development (Wolpert) 2010 (4th) no 36€ 3.5 (12)
Langman's Medical Embryology (Sadler) 2011 (12th) no 58€ 3.5 (41) 10th!
The Developing Human (Moore) 2011 (9th) kindle 44€ 70€ 3.5 (9) 8th!
Larsen's Human Embryology 2008 (4th) no 65€ 4.5 (3!)

Kenneth Saladin reviews Sadler, Moore and Larsen and generally recommends Sadler.

Neuroscience

title latest edition ebook € price rating
Basic Neurochemistry (Siegel) 2011 (8th) kindle 65€ 72-96€ 4.5 (2!)
Neuroscience (Purves) 2011 (5th) 58€ 4.5 (37)
From Neuron to Brain (Nicholls) 2011 (5th) ? 4.5 (16) 4th!
Medical Neurobiology (Mason) 2011 (1st) no 56€ 5 (4)
Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain (Bear) 2006 (3rd) 41€ 4.5 (33)
Fundamental Neuroscience (Squire) 2008 (3) 3.5 (24)
The Neuron (Levitan, Kaczmarek) 2001 (3rd) 5 (7)
Principles of Neural Science (Kandel) 2000 (4th) 4.5 (47)

Plant biochemistry

title latest edition ebook € price rating
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology of Plants (Buchanan..) 2012 (2nd)  ? 117€ 4 (10x) 1st ed.
Plant Physiology (Taiz & Zeiger) 2010 (5th) no 62€ 5 (4x)
Plant Biochemistry (Heldt..) 2008 (4th) only 3rd 72€ 4 (7x)

Microbiology

title latest edition ebook € price rating
Microbiology: An Introduction (Tortora) 2009 (10th) no 114€ 4.5 (48)
Prescott's Microbiology 2010 (8th) $99 174€* 4.5 (8)
Brock Biology of Microorganisms 2010 (13th) no 62€ 4 (6)
Microbiology: Principles and Explorations (Black) 2012 (8th) kindle 7th! 71€ 4 (18) 7th!
Microbiology: A Systems Approach (Cowan) 2011 (3rd) no 168€* 4 (24)
Microbiology with Diseases by Body System (Bauman) 2011 (3rd) kindle 152€* 5 (15)
Microbiology: An Evolving Science (Slonczewski) 2010 (2nd) Adobe 65€ 5 (4)

* only hardcover as of 2012/01

Non-English textbooks

title latest edition language price rating
Biochemie und Pathobiochemie (Löffler) 2006 (8.) German 80€ 3.5 (28)
Biochemie (Müller-Esterl) 2010 (2.) German 55€ 4 (18)
Biochemie des Menschen (Horn) 2009 (4.) German 40€ 4.5 (6)
Pflanzenbiochemie (Heldt..) 2008 (4.) German 60€ 4 (7x)
Experimentator: Proteinbiochemie & Proteomics 2009 (6.) German 33€ 5 (9)
Experimentator: Molekularbiologie & Genomics 2008 (6.) German 33€ 4.5 (14)
Experimentator: Zellkultur 2011 (3.) German 33€ 4 (7)
Experimentator: Immunologie 2008 (3.) German 33€ 5 (2!)
Experimentator: Neurowissenschaften 2010 (1.) German 33€ 5 (1!)

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