November 29, 2010 07:00 ET

College Students Receive 80% Return Selling Textbooks Through

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - November 29, 2010) -, the leading price comparison website for college textbooks, today announced the results of new research that provides fresh insight into the benefits of selling textbooks online versus through a campus bookstore. 

According to, which collects hundreds of millions of textbook prices annually, students who purchased books from at the beginning of the Fall 2010 semester received an average return on cost of 80% when the book was sold via at the end of the semester. 

"This is amazing!" said Jeff Sherwood, CEO for "Books that cost less than $50 back in August are only losing $4 on average. Everybody likes $4 textbooks!" has invested heavily in creating a lineup of the best, most reputable buyback vendors on the Internet. Its price comparison site searches all of these vendors to find the highest textbook buyback offer prices, making it simple for college students to get as much money as possible back at the end of each term.

Students search for the best offers at, then go to one of dozens of textbook buying websites, where they print out a free shipping label. Then, the student simply puts his or her books in a box, ships them, and receives a check or a PayPal within seven to 10 days.

"We like to say is the smartest way to buy, rent, or sell textbooks," said Sherwood.

Last year, introduced an iPhone application that lets students buy and sell textbooks from their iPhone or iPad. The popular application, which is free for downloading at, has been installed by thousands of students nationwide. 

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. Students shopping at can select from new or used textbooks, international editions, rentals and e-books, regardless of vendor, resulting in a savings of $225 on average multi-item textbook orders, and getting about 84% back at the end of each semester. 

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. BIGWORDS stays on top of the multitude of retail textbook business models, so that students can rely on it to find the cheapest copy of the right textbook, every time.

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