Accountants frequently create spreadsheets like this one. (Image credit: Casey Serin)

Business accounting is one of the most important aspects of any company. For a company to enjoy success, its management must have solid accountants backing it so that it can succeed financially. Business accounting is a popular major at colleges and universities around the country. Perhaps that is why a textbook on this subject is one of the most-purchased academic books today. According to Amazon. The ninth best-selling college textbook currently on the market is Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis [14th Edition].

Originally released by Prentice Hall on January 4, 2011), this textbook has 896 pages of useful information. Each version of the book, including this one, integrates some of the most current and up-to-date practices and theories with regard to accounting. The primary theme of this book is “different costs for different purposes.” The authors expound on this by thoroughly discussing ways in which a businesses and individuals must put priorities on how they spend their money, and how there are different purposes for some money and other purposes for other money. The text reaches beyond the basic cost accounting procedures that the average person knows by considering concepts and analyses that most people don’t always consider.

Although the book briefly touches on how individuals should manage their money, its main focus is accounting and finances among business managers. Some of the topics brought up throughout the book include cost-volume-profit analysis, job costing, allocation of support-department costs, and period costs. Because of how in-depth the book is, it really serves as a terrific resource and, essentially, as a handbook for first-time accounting professionals as well as for college students learning accounting.

The book’s authors are Charles T. Horngren, Srikant M. Datar, and Madhav Rajan. Horngren has authored and co-authored a number of textbooks on accounting and financial subjects. His other works include  Introduction to Management Accounting: Ch’s 1-17 (15th Edition) (2010), Introduction to Financial Accounting (Charles T Horngren Series in Accounting) (2005), and Cost Accounting and MyAcctgLab Access Code Package (13th Edition) (2008). Datar and Rajan also have contributed to other accounting books and resources. Rajan and Horngren are both professors at Stanford University, while Datar is on the faculty at Harvard University.

If you need this textbook or any other book for the upcoming semester, use to compare prices on them in order to get the most bang for your buck. It might sound cliché, but the most effective way to save money on college textbooks is to do some shopping around by exploring and weighing your options.