I’ve just finished adding Chegg.com as a new merchant. Chegg is primarily a company that rents textbooks to students, which is a fairly new concept that seems to be gaining some traction. From what I know, they are a pretty good company to deal with, and they seem to be offering a pretty competitive price for many textbooks. Please give them a try and leave feedback for them. It looks like Powells also changed the layout of their page which broke lookups for it. That has been fixed, and I see that they now offer payment via PayPal.
Since quietly launching BookScouter.com about a year and a half ago in August 2007, I have been making changes silently on the site. The layout and functionality has largely remained the same, but vendors have been added and removed. I’ve revamped some of the behind-the-scenes code to try and improve efficiency, and I’m quite happy with how things are working now. I have had email conversations with several frequent users and appreciate your suggestions to make the site more useful. I’m working on several things, including a mobile version of the site and some ways to make the searches go faster. It seems like now is a good time to introduce a blog. It will be a place where I post site announcements and solicit feedback from users as I develop some of these new projects.