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.
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