College Students Get Textbook Buying Help from’s New Online Book Advisor

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Want to know whether to buy or rent textbooks? Want the best deals? Check out the online book advisor.

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We’re all about giving students affordable and informative options to keep more money in their pockets.

College students looking for money-saving deals now have a new way to cut through the textbook clutter – the innovative online advisor from, a leading provider of new, used and rental textbooks. has launched the first and only online book advisor that does more than find the best bargains. It also recommends whether students rent, buy or opt for a deeply discounted international edition.

“We’re all about giving students affordable and informative options to keep more money in their pockets,” said Phil Smyres, president of “Too often, students and their families feel overwhelmed by all the textbook choices.

“Our online book advisor simplifies the process, giving students an easy and credible way to determine how to best meet their textbooks needs.”

The online advisor guides students through the shopping experience in less time than it takes to browse multiple sites. By simply entering the textbook ISBN number, students are asked a series of questions to gauge how they will use the book. The advisor quickly comes back with recommendations to buy new or used, rent or go the international route. Here are sample questions:

  • Your year in college?
  • Your textbook habits, i.e., do you highlight, write in margins?
  • Do you plan to use the book for ongoing reference?
  • Are you open to nontraditional book options?

“We’re eliminating the guesswork for students,” Smyres said. “You get a recommendation that is valuable in terms of the savings it can bring.”, based in the Columbus, Ohio, suburb of Grandview Heights, is among the largest online sellers, buyers and renters of textbooks. Started in 2002, it also operates For more information, visit the online book advisor here.

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