BookCheetah Empowers College Students to Save Money by Buying/Selling Their Own Textbooks

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Transactions cost students less than an iTunes song download, and a portion of all proceeds support charity.

BookCheetah a one-of-a-kind new method for students to buy and sell their textbooks, is excited to be available for the collegiate school year!

Founded by noted Colorado College economics professor and Yale University graduate Daniel Johnson, the online service will enable students to save money by controlling transactions themselves - eliminating the need for powerless negotiating with bookstores.

“During my 15 years as a college professor, I have heard countless tales of students being unable to find used books locally, or unable to sell their previous textbooks,” said Daniel Johnson. “Using BookCheetah, students can now find the books they need and sell the ones they no longer want, on their own campus, at prices they decide to set. Students across the nation can stretch their already limited budgets by using this service to take charge of buying and selling their books.”

Using BookCheetah is as easy as boiling water! Here is how it works:

1) REGISTER. Sign up for a free account. Just need a name, email, and school.

2) SEARCH. Find the books you need for upcoming classes and add them to your wish list.

3) POST. Add your old books for sale on your bookshelf. You set the price.

4) MEET. BookCheetah finds people who have what you need (your wish list) or need what you have (your bookshelf). Buy a credit to get introduced, and then set up a time and place to exchange cash for books.

Students keep their book-buying dollars where they belong - in their pockets. BookCheetah doesn’t charge one cent for the book transaction, just for the matchmaking. The company sells user tokens for a dollar or less. For less than the price of an iTunes song, students can locate the year's textbooks. And BookCheetah’s search goes both ways: search for sellers of needed books, or identify buyers of books to sell.

Finally, BookCheetah wants students to feel good about the tokens they purchase! Therefore, ten cents of every dollar the company earns from matchmaking goes directly to the student’s choice of three worthy charities: The Cheetah Conservation Fund, Teach For America, or the student government of their school!

About BookCheetah:
BookCheetah was developed in 2012 by noted Colorado College economics professor Daniel Johnson with the mission of making it easier for college students to buy and sell their own text books – on their terms. The service is available for all students attending US-based schools, and is rapidly expanding to Canada and Britain. Using BookCheetah, students are now able to buy and sell their textbooks at a price they deem appropriate without the hassle of a middle man (aka campus bookstores). To learn more about this innovative service, please visit:

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