A new textbook exchange created by UGBC is currently up and running. The website, bc.texts.com, allows students to buy and sell textbooks from one another as well as see books listed on Amazon, AbeBooks and other online sources.
Bc.texts.com is part of a larger website, texts.com, which was created and is currently run by Peter Frank and Ben Halpern. The two are recent college graduates who were often frustrated with their own textbook buying experience. They met on Reddit in early 2013 and began creating texts.com shortly afterwards.
In the spring of last year, Rony Thomas, a former UGBC member, worked with Frank and Halpern to make Boston College a part of the nascent website. With their help, the site was fully functional at the end of last year.
The project was part of the platform that UGBC President Nanci Chettiar and Vice President Chris Marchese ran on last year. While the site has been working for a few months, it is not yet widely used.
“The site isn’t fully utilized yet. Our plan is to publicize the site very heavily in late November and early December to get students signed up on the site and to get them using it for the spring semester,” said Marchese.
The goal of the site is to make books more affordable for students. The site allows for price comparison of books listed on the site and those listed other places on the web. Students can search for books on the site by entering an ISBN number title or author, just like they would Amazon or eBay.
You can also easily put your own books up for sale on the site. The website includes a feature which allows one to show the books they are selling immediately or to choose a date for the listing to go live. In other words, you can enter the information for your books now, but not have them be available for purchase until the end of the semester.
When books are sold through bc.texts.com, the seller receives the full price of the sale as opposed the portion he or she would receive from selling books back to the campus bookstore. In addition, delivery is convenient because students can meet up around campus to exchange books rather than mailing books to a third-party buyer like on Amazon.
Come the end of the semester, UGBC hopes that bc.texts.com becomes a tool that BC students use in buying and selling their texts, saving some money in the process.