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Textbook Buy Back Comparison: Android app to sell old books

July 16, 2012

The life of a student just isn’t complete without lugging around heavy textbooks. While some schools already provide lockers for their students, lockers were in limited supply in my university. Where other students either read their lessons ahead and only took notes to school or just completely left their textbooks at home and relied on listening to class discussions, I proudly loaded all my textbooks in my backpack and charged into school.

Carrying those books certainly made my university life something to remember, but now that I’ve graduated into adulthood, those books are now occupying a lot of space in my room. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has this problem. You might get lucky when a friend asks around for a book in your collection and she’ll take it off your hands for some cash.

If you’re getting desperate to reclaim your space, you can host a garage sale, but if your neighborhood doesn’t have a lot of people who might need the textbooks you’re selling, then your books might not be saying goodbye any time soon.

For people who want to get rid of and sell old books to a wider audience, there’s Textbook Buy Back Comparison. This app makes selling old textbooks simple by letting you scan the barcode on the back of any book. The app will then put together a list of online stores willing to buy back the used book, as well as inform you how much those stores are willing to pay.

Textbook Buy Back Comparison is very easy and straightforward to use. You won’t need to sign up for an account, nor will you need to input any details other than scanning a book’s barcode or punching in its ISBN.

The app received positive feedback on the Google Play Store, so I just had to try it out for myself using an HTC Sensation. If you haven’t installed a barcode scanner app on your Android device yet, the app will advise you to. You won’t need to dig through the Google Play Store because Textbook Buy Back Comparison will send you to the app’s page. Once that’s installed, you can now easily scan barcodes.

The developer mentioned that not only does Textbook Buy Back Comparison work for textbooks but also for any other book. I picked up a copy of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and tried to scan its barcode. One of the reviewers mentioned that you’d need a lot of light to scan barcodes in, so I tried scanning first in a medium-lit room. The scanner managed to easily detect the barcode, but unfortunately could not give me any results. I then moved to another room with more light, but was still unsuccessful.

Since barcode scanning wasn’t working out for me, I punched in the book’s ISBN instead and was awarded results. Though I might not be earning a lot selling To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s definitely nice to have an idea of online stores that would like to buy my book.

I tried a few more times with other books such as The Road Less Traveled, Technical Communication: A Practical Approach and A Hundred Years of Solitude, but unfortunately could not get results through both scanning the book’s barcode or entering its ISBN.

I suspect the trouble I experienced with Textbook Buy Back lay in my choices of books. Most of what I had scanned were novels rather than textbooks, but Textbook Buy Back’s search capabilities seem to work pretty well. Barcode scanning, for example, is done quickly and entering ISBNs is a good alternative to finding your book when barcode scanning just won’t work.

Textbook Buy Back Comparison also has a My List feature which archives all the books and textbooks you’ve managed to successfully scan or find through its ISBN. You can opt to compare prices again or you can remove it from your list. The Get Help section answers some commonly answered questions to help users understand the app’s functions better.

Despite the bit of trouble I had making Textbook Buy Back Comparison work for me, it’s a great way to get rid of textbooks and sell old books lying around, gathering dust, and attracting literal bookworms.

Download Textbook Buy Back Comparison for free from the Google Play Store and get rid of all those textbooks and books you don’t need.