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Pros and Cons of eTextbooks

College By July 23, 2020 No Comments

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!

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Find Your Next Summer Read

General By June 25, 2020 No Comments

Find Your Next Summer Read

Summer is officially here and though it might look different in 2020, 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 your next summer read. 

Find Your Next Summer Read

The beach is an iconic summer reading spot, but be open to other options this year.

Summertime =  beach read. So maybe you can’t get to the beach this year. Recreate the feeling at home. Lean back on that chaise lounge, sip a cold drink and peruse these books that will take you away from it all:

Sink your teeth into a meatier work. If beach reading fare is not for you perhaps you should elevate your search. There are plenty of award-winning options to select for fiction or nonfiction amongst lists for major book awards some found on these lists: 

Find Your Next Summer Read

No beach? Try a nearby lake or stream to read outdoors.

Get with the times. Perhaps you’ve seen trending topics in the news and want to dig deeper into one that interests you. Topics might include politics, medicine, current events, or history to keep you informed. You can some ideas here:

Cross the Finish Line! Are there any book series you haven’t completed yet? Don’t leave your favorite characters hanging! Or if you’ve finished a series, find another to binge-read through with inspiration from these lists:

Find Your Next Summer Read

Find some shade to stretch out and read.

On the silver screen. Hollywood has long sought inspiration for movies from books. See if any of your favorites are also a book and judge how well the movie portrayed characters, locations and stayed true to the author’s work. Here is a list of the best books turned movies:

Best foot forward. Getting ahead for school or work may not seem fun during your summer, but reading now to prepare yourself for a busy fall semester or to advance yourself at work is never a wrong idea. Doing it ahead of time lets you take your time to ponder the themes and be better prepared for a discussion or test. Tip: take some good annotated notes to refresh yourself on the key points months later. Learn how here:

And as a final recommendation, no matter which book you choose, know that you bought it for the BEST PRICE using the BookScouter.com/buy comparison tool. Simply scan the ISBN with the app or type in the title, author, or keyword to search our large selection of vendors and check out your purchase options. 

No matter the type of book you select, we are confident that when you begin to read it will feel like summer has finally arrived!

 

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Tips for Transitioning to College During COVID-19

College, General By June 11, 2020 No Comments

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:

Introduce yourself

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.

Tips for Transitioning to College During COVID-19

Try to find a comfortable place to study consistently and get rid of distractions like your phone.

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).

Tips for Transitioning to College During COVID-19

Save money by getting the best price buying and selling your textbooks with BookScouter.com and the BookScouter app.

Get involved

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!

Come together

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.

Tips for Transitioning to College During COVID-19

Make time every day to refuel yourself.

Refuel

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!

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How to Make Money Flipping Books

General By May 12, 2020 No Comments

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). 

make money flipping stacks of books

Begin making money by flipping books you already have in your own home.

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! 

make money flipping books using the bookscouter app

The BookScouter mobile app makes it easy to find the going price for a book fast. Selling books is easy on the app too!

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.

make money flipping books by shipping books in exchange for cash

Shipping books is a big part of the flipping business. Factor shipping costs and materials into your profit margin.

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). 

you can make lots of money by flipping books

When cash begins to pour in, designate funds to your profit as well as what you want to invest back into your business.

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. 

9. Repeat!

Once you take these steps you’ll be able to confidently move forward with consistently making money by flipping books! 

Additional tips: 

  • 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 money flipping lots of books

The condition of each book plays a big role in how you can price the book for profit.

  • 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. 

Now that you know how to make a profit from flipping books, use appropriate resources to make the most money. Start today by using BookScouter.com!

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