Though many seasoned college students may know already this, the campus book store rips you off while both buying and selling your books. “Half.com”:www.half.com and “Amazon”:www.amazon.com are the two most popular book sites. However, these sites can be limited and typically more expensive than sites like “campus books”:http://www.campusbooks.com/, where you’ll save an average of 61% when purchasing books. When it comes to selling, I’ve personally got 10-15% more than what the book store offers. With the “cost of college”:http://www.collegeboard.com/press/releases/150634.html being as high as it is (and “rising”:http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/press/cost06/trends_college_pricing_06.pdf), every little bit helps. By cutting out the middle man, students get more for less during your purchase and sale. Everybody wins, except of course the bandits at the bookstore.
Whlie you’re at it, here are “118 other ways”:http://www.scholarships-ar-us.org/student-living/save-money.htm to save money at college,
Following on from a post I made some time ago about the online book sharing site, “Book Mooch”:http://www.bookmooch.com/, I’ve found another one. “Library Thing”:http://www.librarything.com/ is a free online book cataloging service that takes the ultimate solo activity (reading… get your mind out the gutter) and makes it social. Now you can chat with others that have similar literary tastes, make recommendations, and even trade books with people. Organize your books however you’d like with the now ubiquitous, but still helpful, web2.0 tagging structure, write reviews, anything you want. I’ve only been messing around with the service for a few hours so far, but I’ve already entered a small part of my library and explored the forums. Below is a picture of my “virtual library”:http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=aeherder which is, I regret to say, a lot more organized than the carbon-based one.
Previous posts about similar things are the musical equivalent to Library Thing, “Last.fm”:http://duenos.net/article/14/melodic-match-making-on-lastfm/ (yet again) and “analog peer-to-peer”:http://duenos.net/article/88/analog-peer-to-peer/, sharing in the real world using the internet.