“Bookfinder.com, an umbrella search site that sifts through the inventories of hundreds of thousands booksellers worldwide, started a simple, easy-to-use textbook search tool. The way it works: enter a title, I.S.B.N. or author’s name in Bookfinder’s textbooks search box to navigate a huge database of 125 million new and used books. You can compare prices, shipping costs and the availability of less expensive editions published overseas.
Consider, for example, a textbook required for an advanced Japanese course at my daughter’s college. A Bookfinder search last week for ‘Genki II: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese II’ turned up 24 new and used copies, at prices ranging from $20.94 at Amazon.com to $110.62 at Amazon.de. For each of the 24 copies, total price (including shipping) is listed on a single page, along with information about how soon the book will ship. Some sellers offer expedited delivery. Amazon, for instance, offers overnight delivery and discounts of up to 30 percent off on new copies of 200,000 textbooks.
‘Our goal is to give students all the options of buying any new or used edition, whether it’s published here or for an overseas market, and then let them decide which books are the best deals for them,’ said Anirvan Chatterjee, Bookfinder.com’s founder.”
BookFinder.com started life as a class project, and we’re still based just a block away from campus. We know the new semester is stressful, so we’ve been working overtime to increase speed and selection for the busy textbook season; let us know if you have any problems.Posted by Anirvan