Best Books To Read in 2019

By: BookTrapper

Here's a curated list of the top books to read for 2019. Most of these already have tons of great reviews by people who have read them pre-release. I'll keep adding to this list as the year progresses. If you have a book you would like to recommend, please Contact Us, and I'll consider adding it to this page. The only requirement is that the release date is sometime during 2019.

Novels/Fiction

1) The Great Alone: A Novel (Kristin Hannah) - Upon returning from Vietnam, Ernt...

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Why Does Renting Textbooks Cost So Much?

By: BookTrapper

Renting was supposed to bring the cost of textbooks down - but did anyone really think that textbook companies and campus bookstores would be on board with something that would make them less money? They are a business like any other, and the student textbook industry is huge. So does renting make sense? Does it help students actually save money? Or is it yet another ploy by university bookstores to get even more money from their students?

A Quick Example

Let's run the numbers and see,...

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How do You Sell Your Textbooks on Amazon?

By: BookTrapper

To sell your books on Amazon, follow the steps below.

  1. Register for an Amazon seller account. When you sign up, make sure to register as an individual instead of a commercial seller. The individual account type charges small fees per listing, while the commercial account type charges a monthly fee plus additional fees per listing. The personal account limits you to forty items per month, and you probably won't go over that unless you plan on making this your business. In that case...
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How Much is a Textbook Worth?

By: BookTrapper

The value of a textbook depends on two things: if it currently being used as course material by college professors (is it in high demand?) and the subject matter of the book (how complex is the subject matter? Does it involve lots of research?). These two factors are the most important, so let's dive into them below.

Subject Matters

Textbooks pertaining to science such as biology, chemistry, physics, and anatomy are going to fetch the highest price because lots of research and time...

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Merchant Spotlight: ValoreBooks - Top Buyback Company

By: BookTrapper

Founded in in 2005, this company has undergone some transformation in the years since. It is now owned by Follett (parent company), which is a huge company that operates bookstores on many college campuses throughout the country. ValoreBooks.com is basically Follett's online portal where they buy back used books and then use that inventory to resupply their chains of campus bookstores. Follett operates the bookstore at the University of Georgia (fyi).

Coverage

Because of their network,...

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Is Books-A-Million Going the Way of Other Brick and Mortar Retailers?

By: BookTrapper

With all the bad news coming out of retail these days, it's hard to see how some store chains are still operating. Big department stores in malls are closing at astonishing rates all over the country; they are succumbing to the inevitable march of online sales. People just don't want to go to a physical store when they can access vastly more inventory at much better prices with a click here and a click there. Books-A-Million is still operating, but they are obviously experiencing the...

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BookTrapper is Now Available in the United Kingdom (UK)

By: BookTrapper

Students in the UK can now use BookTrapper to post used books for sale at their college or university. At booktrapper.co.uk, students from all the major colleges and universities have access to BookTrapper's core technology. Specifically, the student to student matching system developed first at booktrapper.com and then duplicated for the United Kingdom gives students a functional textbook swapping marketplace on campus.

Regarding price comparison functionality - it's...

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What Companies Pay the Most for Used Textbooks?

By: BookTrapper

Doing a simple google search will return a plethora of online vendors offering to buy your textbooks. Individuals also buy and sell textbooks as a side hustle. But who is going to consistently pay the most money and buy the largest variety of books? Some vendors are super picky about which titles they are willing to buy, and they only buy the ones that they know they can turn around and sell for a profit. You're going to want to stick to a few top companies most of the time because...

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How to Find the Highest Offer When Selling Books or Textbooks Online

By: BookTrapper

Searching google, you'll find a handful of companies that actually buy your books - companies that you can ship your books to, and they will send you payment when they receive them. Some names include Booksrun, eCampus, Buyback101, and more. However, the price each of these companies is willing to pay can vary by a lot. If you have a stack of books to sell, it's impractical to go to each company site and get an offer for each book. If you're selling ten books and ten...

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Introducing the BookTrapper iPhone App

By: BookTrapper

In addition to our website, BookTrapper now has an iPhone app that allows you to either enter an isbn number or scan a barcode. Just like BookTrapper.com, our mobile app returns buyback offers, purchase prices, and rental prices. More vendors are coming soon, but we have the major ones! 

Home Screen

You can download our app for IOS here. If you are in a bookstore on campus, just open the app, scan a barcode, and find out if you can get that book cheaper online. This works for renting as...

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