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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.

The classics and competitors

short title latest edition ebook $ price € price rating update
Alberts 2014 (6th) $88 kindle $138 €84 4.7 (27x) 2016-09
Garrett 2016 (6th) no $250+ €218 4.2 (55) 5th! 2016-09
Lehninger 2012 (6th) no1 $79 €66 4.5 (83x) 5ed! 2016-09
Lodish 2016 (8th) no $190+ €72+ 4.5 (39x) 7th! 2016-09
Pollard 2016 (3rd) no $124 ?€ 4.4 (21x) 2nd!
Stryer 2015 (8th) no $270 €84 4.1 (88x) 7th! 2015-08
Voet 2016 (4th) online $259 €279 3.9 (100x) 2017-02
Campbell 2016 (11th) kindle only 9th! $180+ €154 4.2 (785x) 10th! 2016-09

Prices are approximate and were looked up on amazon.com and amazon.de as indicated in the update column.
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]

Voet et al. Biochemistry has been superseded by Fundamentals of Biochemistry. There has been no update to the first since 2010. The latter is actively update and appears to be a condensed and updated version of their larger textbook. The books are 1200 and 1500 pages, respectively.

eBooks

In 2011, only one of the classic textbooks above was made available as an ebook. In 2013, the only change was that Alberts is now also offered as a kindle ebook, much cheaper than at vitalsource. An additional caveat was that in early 2012 vitalsource did not sell outside the US/Ca although that may have changed.

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


Subtopics 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)
The Cell (Cooper..) 2009 (5th) no 106€ 4 (1x!!)
The Biology of Cancer (Weinberg) 2006 (1st) vitalsource $98 106€ (new) 5 (42)
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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

Laboratory methods

short title latest edition ebook $ price € price rating update
Boyer, Biochemistry Laboratory 2010 (2nd) no? $74 61€ 4.5 (8!) 2013-11
Reed, Practical Skills.. 4th 2013 2013 (4th) no? $57 44€ none 2013-11


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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