The cost of being a student is always on the rise and as a result students are being stretched more than ever in their resources, often having to take on multiple part-time jobs on top of their studies to survive. One of the biggest investments for students is in textbooks which, after the semester is over, become largely useless to them. Sell Textbooks For Cash is a service that helps students re-sell their used textbooks for the best available prices in order to recoup some of their resources and lessen the financial burden. They have just released a Sell Textbooks Android app and iPhone app which does all the work on behalf of students, getting them the best deal.
The website previously used a book’s ISBN number to identify it before doing an automated search of book re-sellers to list the best prices, informing students as to the best platform to use to sell their old books. Users could then sell textbooks online by clicking through the website based service.
Now, the new iPhone and Android app uses a barcode scanner to automatically get all the information required and present the best sites direct to the mobile device, which can be clicked through to make the listing on the site of the student’s choice if they have already registered an account with that provider.
A spokesperson for Sell Textbooks For Cash explained, “Selling old textbooks to new owners has never been easier than with our new iPhone and Android apps, which have reinvented the way we people access our services. Using the new app, a simple barcode scan will automatically find the book and compare prices across different major providers like Amazon, eCampus and Rent Text and deliver ranked listings of the best prices, so students can make cash back off their old text books at the end of each semester. The app has streamlined this process when it is needed most.”
Paige Takeya, Chief Copy Editor of KALEO.com, made the following observation on digital vs physical textbooks.
PRO-DIGITAL – There are countless reasons that point in favour of deserting your physical books in place of ebooks. You may cut back on space ( and the environment ). Each e-reader on the market has the capacity to store hundreds, or possibly thousands, of paperless books on a single gadget that weighs less than a pound and is generally no bigger than the average notebook. Storing your library on these light electronic gadgets will save you back stiffness, shelf space and trees. You may save cash. Most ebooks run less expensive than their hard-copy clones. Most dedicated e-readers function just like books. Technological advancements mean that developments like e-ink ( which duplicates the appearance of published paper just about exactly ) and backlights help you in avoiding glare and the eye strain that might come with looking at a brightly lit LCD screen all day. You can bookmark your place, highlight passages and take notes on an e-reader with no difficulty.
PRO-PHYSICAL – But do not begin to burn your books just yet, there are plenty of reasons which explain why the traditional way can still be the simplest way. You will might ultamatly save money. Consider that a digital purchase is perminant: There’s an excellent chance you might sell your physical textbooks and recover your cash, but no one is going to purchase your PDF files. Not everything is available, for all of the hype of electronic books, there are lots of books simply unavailable in the format. While public domain works and fresh releases are probably found digitally, books that fall between these 2 might or might not be electronic books yet. A brief search of my very own fall reading list showed that at least half my books are hard copy-only, which suggests that irrespective of everything else, I am going to be hauling 1 or 2 dictionary-sized books around.
To paraphrase, an e-reader investment would possibly not be the cleverest if none of your books will be purchasable in the format. Tablets might not be as easy on the eyes. While dedicated devices like Amazon’s Kindle do incorporate e-ink to reduce eye strain, tablets like the iPad use backlit LCD screens. If you intend to do plenty of heavy reading but you do not want to buy an e-ink-based e-reader then your eyes may finish up wounding during your late-at-night cram sessions.
Decision – The problem of whether you read and are more successfully with a printed copy or digital textbook is very subjective. I actually find physical texts better for my private learning style, but my opinion is that there are plenty of folks that feel differently. My own advise is to go for a mix of both options. I believe stuff like compendiums and reference books would be more easy to transport and less expensive if you can find digital versions, but I think that it may be better to have hard copies of books and any other texts that you’ll be investigating detailed just so you’ve got the liberty to annotate and highlight and fold corners as generously as you please. But in the end your call will rest on your financial position and your requirements.
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