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June 20, 2012

Make Easy Money Online By Selling Your Textbooks


You need a little bit of extra money right now. Who doesn’t? Maybe these people. But if you’re reading this, chances are you are not on that list. So what are your options? Why not sell your unneeded textbooks and make easy money online this summer?

Now you may be asking yourself “What if I need to brush up on my imaginary numbers twenty years from now?” Well, there are some alternatives to selling your textbooks. This handy, 100% unbiased* flowchart spells out all your money-making options:


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Go with the flow(chart) and earn some extra money.


There you have it. Unless you want to become a cage fighter, or a medical guinea pig or wait until next year to sell to your campus bookstore only to find out that they are no longer buying that edition you should give a try. Shipping is always free and you can sell your textbooks anytime, not just during finals week. Letting go is never easy. But all that cold, hard cash will make it a little easier to part with your dearly beloved, and now mostly useless, textbooks.


*Actual level of unbiasedness may vary.


Textbook Buyback Android App | Cash4Books Textbook ISBN Scanner App

October 24, 2011

Free Textbook Buyback Android App

We are proud to introduce the official Textbook Buyback Android App. Selling textbooks has never been easier:

  • Scan textbook barcodes using your phone’s camera. No barcode? No problem! Simply use the custom keypad to manually enter the ISBN.
  • Receive instant price quotes on textbooks that we are currently purchasing. We also buy non-textbooks including fiction, non-fiction, hardcovers and paperbacks.
  • The app will store your list of books.
  • Checkout within the app.
  • Print your emailed packing slip and free shipping labels. No printer? Contact us and we will send you shipping labels.
  • Ship your books, then get paid.
Yes, it’s really that easy!


Cash4Books Textbook Buyback App


Download the app today

Click or scan the QR code to go to the Google Android Marketplace to download the app: Cash4Books Textbook Buyback Android App   You can also download the app by opening up the Google Android Market on your phone and searching the the term “cash4books”.

Cash4Books Textbook Buyback Android App

Eight reasons why you will love our app!

Here are eight reasons to download the Cash4Books Textbook Buyback App:

  1. The app is 100% free!
  2. Scan textbook barcodes with your phone’s camera (no special barcode scanner hardware required). The high-quality barcode scanner will even work on phones that do not have auto-focus cameras.
  3. Textbook buyback has never been easier; get price quotes from anywhere you have mobile service.
  4. Auto-Add mode allows you to scan books continuously. In our testing, 15 books could be scanned in under a minute.
  5. The keypad has a “978” button for ISBN-13s and an “X” button that is necessary for certain types of ISBN-10s.
  6. Save yourself time and energy by taking your Android to your bookshelf instead of having to to lug your books to your computer.
  7. We offer textbook buyback services year-round. You don’t need to wait until finals week to sell textbooks.
  8. The app has a built-in help screen to provide you with answers to your questions about scanning and selling textbooks.
We hope you enjoy the new app. If you like it, please leave a review in the marketplace. Have problems or questions? Use the Contact Us page to send us an email or give us a call, 1-877-243-5935, Monday-Friday, 8-5 Pacific Time.

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Do you have an iPhone? We also have an iPhone Book Barcode Scanner app!

4 Essentials to Look For in a Writing Handbook

September 13, 2011

Attention college students: as you get settled into your new fall classes and start shopping for the best textbook prices, here are a few things to look for in a writing handbook that will help with your term papers and essay assignments.

Once you get past the introductory writing courses like English 101, your professors are going to expect competent, college-level writing in your assigned essays without giving you a lot of steps and support. Hopefully you learned all of the basics from English 101, and even if you did, an excellent writing handbook can provide a lot of quick support and resources at your fingertips.

All college writing handbooks will give you the basics about starting your essay (brainstorming, mapping, outlining, and drafting), and all handbooks will give you the grammar basics (how to make sure your sentence isn’t a fragment and how to tell if your sentence has a comma splice), but here are a few things to look for in a writing handbook that offer extra support to make your writing shine during college (and maybe beyond college too).

Have you selected a college writing handbook yet? Image credit: Unhindered by Talent,

#1 – Sentence Style

In the beginning of your undergraduate days, you will probably be most concerned with creating error-free sentences. However, as you go deeper into your degree field and start taking upper-level courses, correctness is no longer enough; you want to have style. Learning the intricacies of subordination is essential for advanced college-level writing, especially if you want to go on to graduate school. It takes a lot of practice. For example, do you know how to use parallelism in order to convey the multi-part meaning of a complex idea, capture your audience’s attention through stylistic devices, and display a sophisticated level of critical thinking with your grammar? Make sure your handbook has an entire section on sentence style that gives plenty of ideas and instructions for a variety of sentences.

#2 – MLA/APA Updates

Your professors will expect you to use MLA or APA format (or maybe something else) to document your sources. Make sure your writing handbook has the latest updates. For example, MLA format has now been updated so students no longer need to include cumbersome urls in their citations. As far as I can tell, most of the updates for documenting electronic and online sources are very helpful for students, so it’s better to make sure you’re using the new format.

#3 – Glossary of Style and Usage

There are a lot of things in college writing that your spellchecker will not pick up. For example, do you know whether or not to use “toward” or “towards”? “Further” or “farther”? “Hanged” or “hung”? Do you know the differences between “lay,” “lie,” and “laid”? Should you capitalize seasons? A good glossary of usage will provide easy answers to all of these things and a lot more. If you think your professors don’t notice stuff like this, you’re wrong. They notice, and it doesn’t take very many little usage errors to add up and make an overall bad impression.


Use a writing handbook to easily develop a spiffy resume. Image credit: The CV Inn,

#4 – Resumes and Cover Letters

During college and after, you’re going to need to make awesome resumes and cover letters for job hunting. All of the lessons of effective college writing come into play with these documents that can make or break your job search: how to write for a specific audience (your prospective employer), how to craft concise and impactful sentences, how to persuade, how to use powerful verbs for dynamic style. Making a perfect resume and cover letter is an art form–it takes style. In addition to these features, there are very specific conventions regarding format and presentation for resumes and cover letters. Too many people stop at correct format without making their sentences powerful. You want your writing handbook to give you all of this information within easy reach. Spend at least as much time editing and revising your resume as you would a college term paper that is ten times as long.

Some of you out there might be thinking, why should I bother paying for a writing handbook when all of this information is available online? It’s true that you can find most of this information online, but you have to find it first. As a working writer myself, I can tell you it is much more time consuming to go searching for a usage question online (and sort through all the results that pop up) than it is to flip open my handbook, which is always sitting on my desk.

Do you have any questions about finding a writing handbook? Or do you have any other questions that you always wanted to ask your professors but were afraid to ask? Leave your questions in the comments section and I can give you all of the inside information.

Sell Textbooks Online and Make Fast Cash

September 4, 2011

Don’t get ripped off by the college bookstore ever again. Sell textbooks online! offers an easy and convenient textbook buyback service. Simply type the ISBN numbers off the back of your textbooks into our site to receive free and instant price quotes. Your textbooks ship for free with our prepaid mailing labels. Once the textbooks arrive, we issue payment promptly through your choice of PayPal or check.

Even more, we have an iPhone barcode scanner, as well as an Android barcode scanner, for some quick price checks.  With our easy to use apps, you can quickly sell your textbooks right from your smart phone.

A reliable and trusted buyer of college textbooks since 2004, has purchased over 1.6 million books from 250,000 customers. Located in Beaverton, Oregon, we are a family-owned business with 40 employees. Read more about us here, and some media coverage (which includes  a mention on the CBS Early Show, the Dr. Phil show, and the Yahoo! Shine blog).


Sell textbooks online in three easy steps:

  1. Enter textbooks to sell

  2. Ship for FREE

  3. Get paid

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Six Tips for the First Time Online College Student

July 26, 2011

As we get closer to the new school year, a lot of college students out there are making big decisions about their fall schedules, including whether or not to take online classes.

As an online instructor for a community college, I’ve noticed some common pitfalls and challenges for the first time online college student. In order to help with the transition to the online learning environment, here are six tips for students taking online classes.

Tip #1: Manage Your Time

Learn To Manage Your Time

Tick, tock, tick, tock ... Photo credit: RBerteig,

To be a successful online college student, you need to be able to work independently. For example, are you the type of student who can read a chapter in your textbook and complete a homework assignment without any direct instruction in a face-to-face classroom? Are you able to plan your time to work on your online class without someone looking over your shoulder?

If you currently have trouble planning time for your homework for face-to-face classes, chances are you will have trouble planning your “class time” in the online environment. If you need a lot of structure, the online classroom is probably not the right choice for you.

Tip #2: Order Your Textbooks Early

Order your textbooks as soon as possible. It’s very tempting to search high and low for the cheapest textbook online. However, any value you get from a super-low price isn’t worth being behind the first week while you wait for your textbook to arrive in the mail. In many online classes, the textbook is especially important as there is not any class time for the instructor to personally deliver any content to you.

Every term I hear long sob stories from students who are waiting for the textbooks to arrive, sometimes in the second or third week of the class. Believe me, online instructors have no sympathy for this.

If you don’t purchase from the school’s bookstore, only order from a reputable vendor (a vendor with lots of sales and lots of happy customers), and order in plenty of time to be ready on the first day of school.

Tip #3: Don’t Freak Out!

Don't Panic!

Resist the urge to hit the button. Photo credit: star5112,

It can be scary and anxiety-producing being a first time online college student. Generally speaking, however, there is never a reason to completely freak out. By freaking out, I mean sending the instructor multiple panicky emails, calling the department secretary in tears, or desperately searching for the instructor’s office on campus (chances are the online instructor won’t be there).

If you find yourself freaking out about something, first take a deep breath. Next, give your instructor 24 hours to answer your email. If something is really urgent, most online programs have help-lines that you can call (sometimes these are open 24 hours). These help-lines are especially useful if you are having any kind of technical problem with the online classroom.

Tip #4: Follow the Online Rules of Etiquette

Online classrooms have certain expectations for etiquette and behavior. Hopefully, these guidelines are posted somewhere in the introductory materials for the class. One of the most important rules for first time online college students is to write on discussion forums with correct spelling and punctuation.

Online classes have social, interactive components, but this is not an informal setting like Facebook. An online classroom is a formal, business-like atmosphere. In addition to using correct spelling and punctuation in discussion forums, remember to do the same with emails to your instructor. Always begin your email with a greeting and use the same care you would use if you were writing a homework assignment.

In addition, be respectful of your peers. If you find yourself getting upset about something in an online discussion, don’t post your response until you are calm and able to read your post objectively. The worst thing you can do is distinguish yourself in the class by attacking a classmate or posting an angry or highly emotional response.

Tip #5: Start Out Without the Right Technology or Computer Skills

You should probably know how to use one of these before you start an online class. Photo credit: izzymunchted,

Most online programs give students a clear set of technical requirements in order to use the online classroom. You can most often find this on the school’s website.

But more importantly, do you have the right computer skills? Are you comfortable using a computer? Do you regularly visit social networking sites? Shop online? Use online banking? Contribute to a blog? When you decide to go to a movie, do you still call the theater for show times, or do you buy your tickets in advance on fandango? To succeed in an online classroom, it’s imperative that you’re comfortable navigating through the online environment. Taking an online class doesn’t require a deep technical knowledge of computers, but it does require being comfortable with the online basics.

In addition to software requirements and skills, you should only take an online class if you have a reliable internet connection. Every now and then, a student will disappear for a week or two, only to reappear with a story about not being able to afford the high speed internet bill. Unfortunately, most online instructors will not be sympathetic with this plight.

Tip #6: Visit Frequently

To succeed in an online classroom, you need to visit the classroom frequently, at least as much as you would go to a face-to-face classroom, but probably more. Sometimes, students think they only need to check in every week–not true. The best approach is to be as active in the classroom as possible, contributing to discussions, following the instructor’s announcements, and keeping track of the deadlines. My recommendation is to visit every day!

Online classes are actually a lot of fun–just make sure you actually have enough time to devote to them. Don’t take an online class because you don’t have time to go to school. Online classes provide a lot of flexibility, but they are still very time consuming.

Hopefully these six tips help you make the right choices for your fall schedule. Good luck with your studies this fall!

- Professor Chad