Facebook Textbook Exchange - Use BookTrapper Instead

By: BookTrapper

For every university you'll find a Facebook textbook exchange group, but there's a better option. BookTrapper is designed for this very purpose, and it works so much better than a Facebook group for selling textbooks on campus.

The problem with using Facebook groups for selling textbooks is that there will be thousands of members, and everyone posts books they want to sell and those that they need on the main feed. It's easy to see how convoluted that can become - it's just...

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Why do Science Textbooks Cost so Much More?

By: BookTrapper

If you choose a major that requires lots of science classes, you'll spend much more on textbooks over the course of your college career. But why is this so? Why do some textbooks cost so much more than others? Is it printing costs alone that determines value? Is it the material that contributes most the cost?

Material Dictates Cost

Science is a rapidly advancing field, and knowledge is increasing at incredible speed. It takes research, time, energy, and money to progress in certain...

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How to Get a Job in Tech

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As economies increasingly rely on big data, web, and mobile technologies, companies are looking to hire employees with tech skills. They need people who have at least a basic understanding of web technologies and possess some skills.

If you are a job seeker in today’s economy, what skills are necessary to get a job in a tech related field? Do you have to go to college, get a degree in computer science, and then apply? Will a degree in management and information systems get you a good...

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Should You Go to a Two Year College and then Transfer?

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Many high school graduates have the option to go to immediately move away from home and attend a four year school or stay in town, go to a junior college, and then transfer after two years. But which better? Each has advantages and disadvantages.

Two Year Schools

Students are normally able to maintain a better GPA at junior colleges because the courses are not designed to “weed out” students who don’t make the best grades. It’s a good place to build up your GPA. Some...

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Law Students: Use BookTrapper to Sell those Expensive Textbooks with Each Other

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If you are thinking about going to law school, you already know how expensive it can be. Many new lawyers start their first job with over one hundred thousand dollars in student load debt. If they go to a private college such as Emory University, they will have even more. One expense that often gets overlooked is the cost of textbooks for law school. Per semester, it can top one thousand dollars. They are huge, thick books that contain lots of cases; students are expected to read them and be...

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Advice for Choosing a College Major

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Statisticians will harp on the fact that historically, people who go to college earn significantly more over their lifetimes than those who do not attend. These statistics go back decades, but are they as true today as they were in 1970? That question is up for debate as many college graduates are burdened by debt, and total student loan debt passes one trillion dollars. Is a four year degree worth possibly decades of debt? Are all degrees equal? How can students today be smart...

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Post Textbooks for Sale at Your Dorm or Apartment

By: BookTrapper

BookTrapper.com just added a new feature - students can now search their dorm or apartment complex for classmates to buy and sell textbooks with. In your dashboard, you'll see a button right by the semester select button. It will have a magnifying glass and the name of your dorm/apartment (which you entered earlier). Click this button and it will immediately filter the current results set to your dorm or apartment complex.

Search Your Dorm

To make this feature work in your account, just...

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3 Ways Reading Books Can Help You Have More Intelligent Conversations

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Being well read and being able to draw from that knowledge in conversation can elevate you in other people's minds, and they will see you as being more attractive - not just romantically. Building a huge knowledge base of ideas gained from books gives you things to talk about and insert into conversations that can make a profound impact on the way others perceive you. If you learn how to do this well, you can easily become the most interesting person in the room. I'll talk about...

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Will Print Textbooks Ever Go Away Completely?

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As of late, there has been lots of speculation that hardcover textbooks will fall pray to the digital revolution and ebooks will eat away at sales until publishers give up completely. However, it's a big industry, and there are reasons why hardcovers have stuck around this long. I don't foresee a complete switch to ebooks, but many publishers are discoutinuing some hardcovers in favor of digital copies. If it does happen, it will be gradual.

High Schools Can't Switch to Ebooks

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Can Students Save Money by Using Off-Campus Bookstores?

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Yes, in many cases, books and school supplies are cheaper off campus because independent businesses have to offer lower prices as an alternative - otherwise they wouldn't be in business. The on-campus bookstore has a natural monopoly - that's where students shop because that's where they go to school. As a general rule, anything you buy on campus is going to be more expensive, whether it's a chicken sandwich or a textbook.

When it comes to used books as opposed to new books,...

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