Direct Textbook Helps Students Get More Bang for Their Book Bucks at Semester's End

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For College Students Selling Textbooks at the Close of the Spring Semester, Direct Textbook Offers Key Tools, Tips and Strategies for Getting the Most Money on Buybacks.

The price of textbooks is at an all time high, so it's increasingly important to students that they get as much money back as possible

Often at the end of the spring semester, students sell textbooks back to the college or university bookstore to recoup a portion of the hundreds of dollars spent on books. And while many campus bookstores offer convenience, most don't offer top dollar on textbook buybacks. This month, Direct Textbook launches a new and improved buyback program search tool that includes more vendors, more options and more results to help students get the most money back on used textbooks.

"The price of textbooks is at an all time high, so it's increasingly important to students that they get as much money back as possible," said Chris Lindgren, president. "The more money they get back, means the less money they have to spend on the following semester's books."

Direct Textbook's newly relaunched and more robust buyback program search now lets students search more than 20 companies for the best price to sell used books, including eCampus,Valore Books, Bookstores.com, We Buy Textbooks and more. Students simply enter the ISBN number, title, author or keywords into the search field and within seconds the tool provides a list of bookstores, the buyback price for hardcover and softcover editions, verifies whether the program pays for shipping and provides a link to initiate the selling process.

In addition to using the tool to ensure students get the most money on buybacks, they can also use the tool to find stores to buy back titles that their campus stores are no longer accepting. This is especially useful when a college or university decides not to use certain books for upcoming school terms.

Once a student has used the Direct Textbook buyback program search to find a vendor to sell their books to, the selling process is simple and hassle-free. In most cases, students will print a shipping label from the book buyback vendor's site, package the book and ship it via the vendor's preferred method. With most buyback programs, the vendor typically pays for shipping and handling.

It's important that students be aware that they may have to wait a week to over a month to receive their money when they sell their textbooks. However, for many, getting top dollar is worth the wait. Additionally, when selling books at the campus bookstore, the store bears the burden of inspecting all books for damage. When selling books back to online vendors, the student is responsible for inspecting the books.

When selling textbooks, it's important that textbooks be in the best condition possible. According to Direct Textbook, in order to meet minimum requirements and get top dollar for book buybacks:

Books should not have torn or missing covers.
Books should not have broken or major wear to bindings.
Books should not have missing or loose pages.
Books should have minimal highlighting and should not have sustained any major damage, such as water or moisture damage, or smoke or fire damage.
Books should not have strong odors or stains, such as cigarette smoke or mold.

"It's important to inspect books carefully before you send them to a buyback vendor," said Lindgren. "Many vendors will only return books that do not meet their requirements at the student's expense."

To use Direct Textbook's buyback program search tool, visit http://www.directtextbook.com. The site also includes tools to helps students find the best prices on new and used textbooks, eBooks and textbook rental, as well as coupon codes for top textbook vendors.

About Direct Textbook

First launched in 2002, Direct Textbook helps parents and students search more than 200 online bookstores for bargain textbooks, saving them money and time. The company has helped more than one million parents and students get more for their used books with its college textbook buyback price search, and save up to 90 percent on textbook purchases. Visit http://www.directtextbook.com for more information.

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