Gainesville, Fla. (PRWEB) January 11, 2012
The price of all-too-expensive textbooks is a headache for cash-strapped collegians. But for savvy students who have discovered Textbooks.org, the financial weight of purchasing books is no longer the burden it used to be.
"As an undergrad, I would spend hours trying to search online and in person for good book deals," says website founder Steven Kennedy. "I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if one site could do all the work for me?’"
Similar to what Priceline and Kayak do for airline travel, Texbooks.org gathers the prices and shipping costs for textbooks sold by online retailers, such as Amazon. The site then compares those numbers and presents a "Summary of Lowest Prices" so that consumers can select the best online deals for new, used, and rental books.
Textbooks.org currently features profiles about independent bookstores to encourage patrons to keep mom-and-pop establishments in mind when searching for cheap textbooks. As business increases, Kennedy says he plans to improve the price-search technology by checking more bookstores and displaying additional discount codes for participating vendors.
Since the site was launched in December, the number of visitors to Textbooks.org has grown nearly tenfold, and customers have saved $75 or more on some of the most popular books in the scientific and engineering fields.
The website couldn’t come at a better time. The Los Angeles Times reports that popular college textbooks can average $120 and such prices have forced debate among universities and state governments to think of substitutes for course material.
As a 2008 University of Florida graduate who lives in the bastion of the Gator Nation, Kennedy says the Textbooks.org formula is a simple, stress-free alternative.
“You could watch a bowl game, buy your books, and save money without leaving the couch.”
Working to be the best resource for students shopping for textbooks, the site has helped thousands save time and money buying college textbooks.