New Textbook App Wants Students to Scan Barcodes in Stores, Then Buy Elsewhere

A new version of the Direct Textbook mobile app, which allows users to compare textbook prices at hundreds of stores on their mobile device, now comes with a “barcode scanner” that allows students to browse textbooks in a physical store and then find the best price online, a practice otherwise known as “showrooming.”

Students can also check prices of a textbook on the app by entering its ISBN number. The app searches 200 bookstores and 10,000 libraries to find the best deal on a new or used version of the textbook.

Amazon took heat from booksellers and other retailers when it introduced the ability to use mobile devices to “showroom” products in retail stores. Its new Fire phone, has the feature built in. “Firefly” allows users to take a picture of a product and immediately view it in the Amazon store on the phone.

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Direct Textbook Revamps App To Slash Textbook Costs By Up To 90%
New app for iPhone and Android includes ISBN barcode scanner that lets college students instantly compare textbook prices from hundreds of online stores

Direct Textbook today announced the release of its revamped mobile app, which lets college students instantly compare textbook prices from hundreds of online stores. The new version of the Direct Textbook app introduces a barcode scanner that makes it easier than ever for students to find the lowest textbook prices and save an average of 50 percent – and up to 90 percent – on textbook costs. The free app runs on both iOS and Android platforms, available for download on the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively.

The Direct Textbook app turns smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices into textbook barcode scanners; users can either scan the barcode of the textbook they need or manually enter its ISBN number into the app. The app searches more than 200 online bookstores and 10,000 libraries to compare prices for new, used, ebook, rental, teacher and international textbook editions. The app also displays shipping information, available discounts and coupons in order to rank textbook deals by their total prices. If a student likes an offer, they can complete the purchase on the seller’s website.

“On average, college students spend nearly twice as much as they should on textbooks, and sometimes as much as 90 percent more than they should. This is significant when you consider the average college student will spend $5,000 on textbooks to earn a four-year degree,” said Direct Textbook Chief Technology Officer Morgan Macarthur. “Many of the most popular textbooks can’t be found at the biggest online bookstores; rather, students have to spend hours tracking down textbooks at smaller shops or pay outrageous fees at campus bookstores. That’s why Direct Textbook’s free service is so valuable: we search all the bookstores, instantly, so students can get the absolute lowest prices for the textbooks they need.”

The Direct Textbook app mirrors the Direct Textbook website, which since 2002 has been trusted by more than 20 million parents and students to slash college textbook fees. The app brings the power of to mobile devices so students can compare and purchase textbooks at the lowest prices from anywhere, anytime.

The Direct Textbook iPhone app can be downloaded from the App Store here.

The Direct Textbook Android app can be downloaded from the Google Play store here.

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Since 2002, Direct Textbook has helped more than 20 million parents and students find the lowest prices on new, used, rental and ebook textbooks.


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