December 03, 2009 07:00 ET

College Textbook Buybacks: Now There's an App for That, Too iPhone App Generates Up to 75% Return on Cost of Textbooks

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - December 3, 2009) -, the leading college textbook price comparison website, today announced that students can sell their textbooks online via "The iPhone App for Textbooks" -- in most cases generating a return of up to 75% on the initial cost of the books. The iPhone app has three main buyback functions: it provides students with offers from companies that want to purchase textbooks from students directly; it lets students list the textbooks they want to sell; and the app allows students to donate textbooks to help fight illiteracy. is the only app in the AppStore that compares textbook buyback offers. The iPhone app can be downloaded for free at

"College terms are ending and so begins another round of students being gouged by campus bookstores, which typically pay 15% of what they sold the book for just a few months prior," said Jeff Sherwood, CEO at "Now students can avoid the hassle of standing in long buyback lines, while at the same time getting the most money possible for their books."

The iPhone app first launched in August. At the time users could only purchase books via the app -- saving $225 average on the cost of textbooks. Now, in addition to buying and selling textbooks via the app, students can share info about the books they purchased or sold via Facebook or Twitter, simply by clicking a button in the app.

"When students sell at the campus bookstores they are at the mercy of three very large textbook distributors who control close to 100% of the market," continued Sherwood. "When students sell online through there are many more options, and merchants seeking to refresh inventory are incented to offer students a far better deal than campus bookstores."

For nearly 10 years has been reducing the high cost of textbooks with its proprietary Multi-Item Price Optimization™ technology, which maximizes promotions and minimizes shipping costs. scours the Internet and provides students the lowest total cost, or the greatest possible return, for all their textbooks.

The iPhone app continues the website tradition by bringing the full range of comparison shopping and selling options to iPhone users. Whether roaming campus or panicking over schedules, students can use the app to find the best prices and buyback options. And as with the classic buyback service, merchants to whom students are selling their textbooks will provide students with a pre-paid shipping label which they can print and affix to the box.

About is owned by Bigger Words, Inc., based in Annapolis, MD. Since 2001, the price comparison site has been saving students more and more money on textbooks through its proprietary Multi-Item Price Optimization™ technology. stays on top of the multitude of retail textbook business models, so that students can rely it to find the cheapest copy of the right textbook, every time.

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