Have an opinion about college textbooks? Love to write?
You might make a great contributor to our college textbook blog network.
The college textbook blog network has two goals for adding guest bloggers: To have you produce outstanding and useful content that reaches a broad expanse of college students. To provide multiple viewpoints on the subject of college textbooks.
We only want and will only syndicate quality insights created by writers who stand behind their work.
1. Choose your topic. Select an area of expertise and write an article relating to one of the following topics:
a. How to save money on textbooks.
b. Information on renting textbooks.
c. Textbook News.
d. Technology around textbooks.
e. Your opinion concerning textbooks.
f. Textbooks after the course ends.
3. Write your Article. Compose your article for the college student that could use help with textbooks! All articles must be original work created by the submitter and can be previously published. The article and about box may contain one link each.
a. Choose a narrow focus. We are more likely to accept articles that share in-depth information on a narrow topic, as opposed to shallow tips on a broad topic.
b. Make it fresh and new. Avoid redundant tips and information we’ve all heard before. Tell the reader something they didn’t know so that they are likely to ‘share this with a friend!’
c. Write concise paragraphs. Use bullets and avoid lengthy paragraphs. The goal is for a reader to be able to get an overall feel for your entire article in about 5-10 seconds. Keep articles between 200-800 words in length. Articles with excessive grammatical, spelling and/or punctuation errors will not be accepted.
d. Infuse your article with wit and personality. It is OK to be corny, be relatable, make it personal. Write in the “I” form. Include a catchy introduction and loads of creativity to set you apart.
4. Submit the article. Email your article to firstname.lastname@example.org where it will be considered for publication. We prefer that you simply paste your article into the body of your email rather than send an attachment. You will receive a response within 7 days. Include your first name, and city/state so we can include it at the bottom of your post!
5. Self Promote. Your article will be promoted on our Facebook and Twitter posts but we encourage self promotion. We will send you the URL of your guest post so you can promote it to your Twitter and Facebook followers. This cross promotion will dramatically improve your articles social reach.
A group of scholars were unhappy with the campus bookstore’s textbook buyback program, so they started BooksDore as a system for Vanderbilt scholars to sell and buy textbooks. BooksDore is a Facebook group devoted to providing a simpler way for scholars to get the textbooks they want without “breaking the bank.” “Students are getting ripped off by a 3rd party by going through the bookstore,” Nicole Zenkel, founder of BooksDore, related. “With the amount that folk are spending on their textbooks, they are receiving so very little back that scholars are wasting a large amount of cash, and that is sort of silly because we are already paying so much in university fees. We would like to help scholars find alternative routes they can buy and sell their textbooks, and purchasing textbooks from one another can save lots of money.” Before beginning BooksDore, the team surveyed scholars to learn more about their experiences purchasing textbooks. In their survey of 540 scholars, they discovered that only 44 had acquired textbooks from other scholars. Most of the scholars claimed to spend between $301 and $400 on textbooks in the average semester and receive back only between $0 and $50 from textbook buyback programs. Additionally, 76.7 % of scholars surveyed made a claim to be either “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with the existing options for buying textbooks. While some scholars already try to sell their books on Facebook through groups, Zenkel claims this Facebook group will be a way more acceptable way to do it.
“Having its own page is much simpler so that you can just go to the current page and purchase and sell, in contrast to occasionally on Facebook it becomes lost in translation,” Zenkel asserted. “If you post on the Vanderbilt page, nobody actually goes to that attempting to find books, so this is a less complicated way to do it.” BooksDore is a service, not a business, so it is totally free to use and makes no profit. The page went public on March fourteen. The group had 1,451 members as of press time.
- Renting Out Your Textbooks – A nice Annuity for Students (college-textbooks.co)
- Textbook Rental – Boon or Bust for Students (cheaptextbook.org)
- Free Textbooks, Easier Said Than Done (buy-used-college-textbooks-cheap.com)
- Are eBooks really textbooks? (college-textbooks.co)
- Can e-Textbooks Savings Pay For Your iPad? (cheaptextbook.org)
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