Local Alums Give Miami College Students a Break on Textbooks at TheBookPost.com

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Patricia and Roberto Espinoza, both alums of FIU in Miami, Florida, provide a free textbook buy/sell service for Panthers and other regional students via their service http://www.TheBookPost.com. This forum allows students to logon and search for textbooks for sale by fellow students using title, author or ISBN, and to post their old textbooks for classmates to buy.

Students of FIU have long been at the mercy of local/campus textbook retailers, having to face high prices at the beginning of the semester, and low buy-back offers at the end. But Patricia and Roberto Espinoza are working to change that. Their free service, http://www.thebookpost.com, available to FIU and other regional students, offers a bulletin board format that allows users to browse textbooks for sale by fellow students, or to post their used texts for others to purchase.

Interested students exchange information via email or phone, and deal directly with one another. The service is free to use, and the student-to-student format avoids the need for shipping costs or retail markups, making it the best textbook deal available in the FIU area.
Rene, an FIU student who has used the service, raved that "I found the book I needed cheap and got it the same day;" while classmate Elisa A. noted that she sold her book within two days. Connecting students with each other not only avoids lines and frustration at the local textbook stores, but also tends to build community in the area. The service isn't limited to FIU students, though, as all Miami area students are welcome to post and purchase.

"We wanted to create this website for students to get a break on their textbook budget, this is our way to support students at our Alma Mater and those in the rest of colleges in Miami," notes Patricia. Both her and husband Roberto are alumni of FIU, and currently run CPC Computer Consultants, Inc., in Miami.

CPC Computer Consultants is a full-service web hosting, web design and e-commerce provider, and specializes in serving individuals and small businesses locally. TheBookPost.com was developed and is hosted via CPCCCI.com.

TheBookPost.com offers a user-friendly format, along with secure login and quick downloads. The majority of the book listings include a list price, asking price and even a photo. Returning FIU and area students are urged to check http://www.TheBookPost.com before laying out hundreds of dollars at local textbook retailers this fall.

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