Are eTextbooks — or Digital Textbooks — suitable for college? Are they convenient and sustainable? Are there any eTextbooks for rent or should you always purchase them? Since this speedy digitalization of our learning environment is a recent events, it might not be easy to find an answer to any of these and other questions related to eTextbooks. Let’s clarify the situation together!
Let’s face it — getting your textbooks for college can get complicated. Is it better to rent or buy college books? If you want to go digital, should you rent digital textbooks? We’ve done the research for you — here are all the pros and cons.
Summer is officially here and though it might look different, that only emphasizes why you deserve an escape into a great book. Are you ready to dive into an engaging read, but need some direction? Look no further! We have compiled six ideas to help you find what to read next this summer!
Tips for Transitioning to College During COVID-19
College will look very different this fall whether that be in person or online. Schools are hopeful to have students on campus but are also making alternate plans, such as a hybrid of online and in-class, an early or late start, and other creative options.
But regardless of how college will look, here are some tips for making transitioning this fall as smooth as possible:
Don’t be shy! Introduce yourself to your professors, classmates, and advisors. For school online, try and follow the same advice and find virtual office hours for your professors, peer study groups, and work that campus directory to contact the folks you need. Need extra help introducing yourself? Here are some additional ideas to get you started on our first college transition tip.
Set up for Success
No matter where you are this fall, have a dedicated study space to focus on your studies, especially if you are taking classes online. Read through your syllabus and plan your to-do schedule for weekly studying as well as longer preparations for exams, papers, or projects. Try to eliminate distractions (like your phone) and if necessary use headphones. Learn about the services your school offers like tutor centers in math and writing, whether online or on campus. You don’t have to do it alone! There are resources available to help you succeed! And lastly, if your school is online, or in a mixed format, then create peer study groups via a conferencing app as an alternative.
Find savings success: Saving money now is just as important as ever for college students. Whether school is online, in-person, or a hybrid format, we’re here to help. Know you’ve found the best prices for your textbooks by visiting BookScouter.com or using the BookScouter app (for IOS and Android).
This is advice you hear over and over, but it will make a difference. For our third transition tip, we recommend you make connections through clubs, activities, events, student government, or consider joining a sorority or fraternity. Consider intramural sports, or meet new people while volunteering for a worthwhile cause on campus, or in the community. If being online is your only option, find like-minded peers in an online club just as you would on campus. Don’t see one that fits you? Start your own club and recruit members!
Getting along with roommates (whatever that may resemble this fall) will be a key to your transition. Sit down together and set expectations for your shared space. Determine how to respect each other’s property and need for quiet time. Agree on what times are acceptable for visitors and consider making a cleaning schedule to make sure everyone is pulling their weight. If you’re doing school online you might need to give your family members heads up for times when you need it quiet for an exam or the Wi-Fi bandwidth for an online class discussion.
No matter where you are be sure to exercise, eat healthily, and get regular sleep as much as you can. Consider meditation or practice finding mindfulness throughout the day. Find a balance in your life by not neglecting either academics or your personal life. Consider using a time management method like the Pomodoro Technique, which breaks down your work into intervals with short breaks.
Good luck students, with your transition to this exciting new chapter, and remember…there are resources to help you!
We talk a lot about how easy it is to make money flipping books. Today we’re going to show you how to do just that.
Here are the 9 steps to Making Money Flipping Books
1. Begin with an inventory.
You can begin with just one book. Maybe it’s a book you used for school or one you found at a thrift store. Don’t feel intimidated by the future of your bookselling business when you begin. We all began with one book. If you have more than one book, that’s great too! We recommend starting small before investing too much money in purchasing new inventory to flip. (We’ll get to purchasing new books to flip a little later in this article).
2. Research the going rate for your book based on its condition and edition.
By typing in the book’s ISBN into the search tool at BookScouter.com you’ll see the going rates for either “buying” or “selling” that book within seconds. The BookScouter app acts as a scanner that can speed up your research. Simply scan the code and see the prices offered by all of our online vendors. If you have hundreds or thousands of books you want to research, tap into our Pro User subscription to access the Bulk Lookup tool!
3. Search for the best platform to post your book to sell.
BookScouter.com is the fastest way to flip your books. If you sell to one of our vendors, you ship the books immediately and get paid as soon as the book(s) is processed There are several other places our users have mentioned posting their books in the past like eBay and Amazon. If you think you may get a higher price by selling on another marketplace platform, create an account and list your book there. You’ll need to be more patient with this option, as you have to wait for your books to sell. If you use a marketplace, you will need to account for shipping costs (while shipping is free for books sold on BookScouter). You may also want to check out Amazon FBA. With this option, you ship your inventory to Amazon and set your pricing, and then Amazon ships your books directly to the customer when they sell (like consignment). Of course, there are fees associated with this service, but it is a popular option with book flippers.
4. Sell your book.
On BookScouter this involves: typing in the ISBN, viewing the best prices, choosing a vendor, clicking “sell”, following the steps on the vendor’s website. With other marketplaces, such as eBay and Amazon, once you post your book for resale you’ll wait a little bit of time before a sale takes place.
5. Ship your book.
Once your book has been purchased, package your book(s) ASAP! When packaging your books include the packing slip inside and add the shipping label on the outside of the box. Be sure to package the book in a safe way that minimizes any damage. You want your customer to receive the book in the same condition you described. Here’s another pro-tip: notify your customer of the tracking number or at least keep the tracking information until the package is received by your customer.
6. Send the invoice.
While each platform is different as to when you receive your funds, it’s most common that your payment will arrive once the book has been processed and the customer confirms the condition is as described. Many marketplace platforms require payment for the book upfront, so you should receive your money fast. However, other places like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace depend on what you and the customer have agreed upon (typically pay in person or PayPal once the item is received).
7. Designate your funds.
As with any business keep track of your revenue (you can use something as simple as a spreadsheet or invest in Quickbooks). Make sure you pay yourself and team for your work, pay any bills your business has (this type of business has low overhead, but as you grow you might add on additional paid services to streamline your work) and invest in your business. As you grow the business consider your own business license and bank account. Don’t forget to keep track of your revenue and payments for both personal records and tax purposes.
8. Add to your inventory.
To help your business grow, we recommend investing a few thousand dollars to really kick things off! It may take some time (a few weeks to a couple of months) but it shouldn’t take too long for you to begin seeing a return on your investment, especially if you time it right. For the best resale profits, we recommend selling close to the start of a college semester (specifically if you’re selling textbooks). You can find books to add to your inventory in several ways: online, college students, liquidation sales, estate sales, and thrift stores. We discuss a few of these on our blog Best Resources for Reselling Books.
Once you take these steps you’ll be able to confidently move forward with consistently making money by flipping books!
- Note the book condition. The condition of the book plays a role in how you should price for a sale. The conditions listed are typically Good/Like New, Acceptable, and Unacceptable. To make a profit you want to resell books that are either in “Good/Like New” or “Acceptable” condition.
- Make sure you’re adding profit margins into the resale price. Take into consideration packaging and shipping costs in addition to the time you’re spending researching, posting, selling, and purchasing books.
- While our world is still experiencing changes due to COVID-19, continue to work safely. Trust your own intuition with visiting brick and mortar shops or meeting people in person to make book sales. If you are increasing your inventory from someone locally, consider having them pay you through PayPal, Venmo, or Cash App. Consider drop-offs (at a neutral location) while keeping as much distance as possible. Much of the work can be done at home, so we hope this gives you peace of mind when your health and safety is concerned.
Reselling books can be a very lucrative business or side-hustle! As with every business, great tools and resources can help make the business of reselling books sustainable.
Here are the best resources to help you make the most money reselling books:
Resources for Finding Books
Finding books that you can resell for profit is the greatest challenge and also one of the most exciting parts of flipping books (aside from making money). Below are a number of great places where you can find quality books to resell:
- Online: Of course, start with BookScouter vendors like Amazon and eBay. You can also check those sites directly. Other resale sites like Craigslist and Facebook Market place might have some treasures.
- Colleges: When looking for books pay attention to college semesters, buying from college students could prove to be an excellent opportunity for you. You could gain permission from a college club or greek organization, partner with a local bookstore, or work with a local coffee shop to set up a shop (a table, special event) to purchase books back from students.
- Local Places: Think of perusing the lines of tables full of treasures that you can make great money from (or some items you’d like to use in your own home). Places like garage sales, estate sales, thrift stores, library sales (use https://booksalefinder.com to find sales), auctions, and markets are all great local places to find books. In these moments having your BookScouter app downloaded (iOS or Android) will help you quickly see if the books you find will be worthwhile.
- Liquidation Opportunities: Two important sites to find mass volumes of books at discounted prices are https://www.govdeals.com and https://www.liquidation.com/index. When purchasing books from liquidation services, be sure to cross-reference for the value of the book(s) before you make the purchase. The risk with liquidation is that you may be purchasing by pallet or box and not all titles (or any) will be listed.
- Amazon Arbitrage Sites: These three websites can help you quickly find books from Amazon’s database: ScoutIQ, Zen Arbitrage, and Scoutly.
Resources and Tips for Selling Books
Now, for the best part: making money on reselling books!
To help you find the best going rate for a book online, the BookScouter ISBN lookup feature is the best way to immediately sell for the highest going price for a book. We structured the lookup so the best deal shows up first! You don’t have to search for the best price.
Curious about how to sell books on BookScouter.com? Check out this article.
If you click on the caution sign, it shows if there is a minimum amount required to sell to that specific vendor at this time.
Similar to how you find textbooks, you can use similar avenues to resell textbooks! If you are connected to a college student group, consider reselling directly to your connections. You can also set up your own accounts on various platforms. These are merely suggestions, but honestly using the BookScouter tool will help you sell at the best price every time.
Pro Tools for Reselling Books
BookScouter.com provides a number of additional resources for resellers who are serious about flipping books. These tools have helped so many pro users make lots of money faster.
- Bulk lookup: This tool allows you to look up multiple ISBNs at one time and receive all of the best prices for each on one page.
- Deals: View pricing information from our buy and sell vendors to identify potential deals.
- Historical Buyback Price Lookup: Review the buyback price history for a given ISBN, and identify seasonal pricing and trends.
Do you need these resources? CLICK HERE to gain access to all the pro tools! Becoming a BookScouter Pro is only $29.99 a month!
What You Need to Ship Book
Using common-sense like making sure the books are clean and up to the quality expected by the buyer, all you really need are shipping items and a postal service!
Here are a few items to have on hand, especially if you’re reselling books often:
- Book shipping boxes
- Packing Tape
- Clear plastic bag or bubble wrap
- Packing materials
UPS, FedEx, and USPS are all great options for shipping your books. Don’t forget to grab the tracking number!
With these best resources in hand, you’ll be making great money flipping books!