Student Creates New Website,, to Find Best Prices on Textbooks

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High Cost of College Textbooks Inspired Creation of Program to Comparison Shop on 40 Websites

When Christian Genco of Colleyville, Texas discovered that textbooks for his first college semester would cost more than $1,000, he was shocked. He then spent 2 days searching online for better prices for his books and was able to save a few hundred dollars. The next semester, he wrote a program to do the shopping for him and with the click of a button, he saved nearly $700.

Next he decided to share his program with a few friends. They were excited with the amount of money they were able to save and how easy it was to use Genco's program. Genco asked those using his program to give him advice to help make the program better. "I built it for myself." Genco said. "but I knew right away I needed to share it with others". Textbooks can be a major expense in college and many students carry loans to pay for them. "I feel good knowing I am helping decrease many student's college debt". Genco saved several thousand dollars on textbooks over the course of college and became quite popular with students at Southern Methodist University.

Initially the program interfaced only with Southern Methodist University's system but the summer after he graduated college, Genco upgraded the system to interface with most colleges and universities in the US. Students can enter which classes they are taking and tells them what books they will need and where to find the best prices. is free to use. Genco gets a small "affiliate's fee" from retailers when books are purchased through his site.

In addition to textbooks, you can search for any book and save money on It searches the 40 websites that Genco found had the best bargains.

Genco's tagline is "If you want to save money on textbooks, you have to ask nicely."

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