Well, without the book and the beer kit I just calculated that you could buy all of that stuff from NB for $87.12. Also that kit doesn't include either a hydrometer or a thermometer (other than the stick on, which I included in my price) and I also included an autosiphon rather than the racking cane. NB might not have the best prices, I just used it as a reference, but I'd suggest exploring piecing together the equipment you need rather than buying a kit.
Edit - And sorry, that's www.northernbrewer.com
if you haven't been there before. Like I said, there may be better prices out there, that's just what I used in a quick and dirty comparison to that kit.