On Counterfeit Textbooks

Counterfeit textbooks have to be distinguished from international or Eastern Economy editions. Unlike the latter, they are produced illegally, and students sometimes tend to buy them on various marketplaces from third-party sellers because of lower prices (such books are often shipped from China, India, etc.) Afterwards, they may want to sell these books to buyback websites like BooksRun, and we do not accept them for obvious reasons.

In order to help our customers (and everyone who’s interested) spot the counterfeit textbooks and not fall into the trap we are posting this list of differences between genuine and illegal editions that need to be paid attention to.

1) Binding. It differs from the one of the authentic textbook. The glue can be of a different color and unevenly distributed along the binding, and the book may generally look poorly made. Books with bindings for which cheap glue was used also smell different than an original quality edition. Curvature of the spine can also be different, i.e. too flat or bent.

Examples of counterfeit book binding:

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How to Earn More on Textbook Buyback?

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It’s the buyback season, and many students are selling their textbooks to campus bookstores, freshmen, or various websites that offer the best prices. However, sometimes they don’t get the full price or their books are simply not accepted due to bad condition. To avoid this, students can prevent books from getting damaged or used, and here is the list of precautions that you are free to take.

  • Book covers

Textbooks are inevitably getting scratched or creased from use, and if you don’t care too much about the way you stuff them in your bag, a simple book cover might be the perfect way out. It can get torn or dirty, but that won’t influence the price of your book in any way.

  • Careful with food or drinks

Although you can be be tempted to snack during your study marathons before the exams, it’s best that you take a break and eat somewhere far away from the precious $300 books. The same goes to coffee, soda etc. it’s not very nice for the next owner to buy a book and see that someone has been using it as a coaster. Stained books are obviously losing buyback value, so there’s that. Continue reading “How to Earn More on Textbook Buyback?”

7 Real Money-Saving Tips for Students

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If you are a student and happen to be concerned with a question of saving money (most likely you are), you sure have seen all these vague tips such as “control your spending”. Here, we can give you something more concrete to rely on.

  • Share expenses with friends

Get a bunch of roommates and flatmates (make sure you get along with them first) and split the costs of rent, heating, and even food if you’re willing to share meals. Same goes for all the deals you can find where you can get more for less money—for example, cinema or Netflix account.

Paying the full price for all the textbooks cannot be good for your budget, and getting used books may be the way out. Of course, they might not look as good and fresh as new ones, but what’s the point of spending so much money if you’re going to use the book twice a semester for a short homework problem? BooksRun.com may help you with this.  Continue reading “7 Real Money-Saving Tips for Students”

4 Skills You Need for Your Job Interview: Student & Graduate Edition

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It’s already clear what college students are going to do in the summer, but what about the graduates? Quite an obvious answer would be looking for a job or internship, and to help them prepare them for the interviews, here is the list of skills that are considered to be the most useful in the current and future workspace.

  • Effective problem solving

Time of jobs where you’re only required to solve simple tasks that don’t differ from each other is passing. Society is getting more and more complicated, and being able to efficiently tackle the arising problems is going to be really highly valued. Proactive thinking allows problem-solvers to work independently to a certain degree and does not need continuous supervision, and this facilitates work for every party.

  • Critical thinking

As an extension of problem solving, analytical thinking is derived from an ability to comprehend and process information as well as undertake productive and quality decisions. Developing logical skills, reasoning and argumentation play a big role in being able to think critically and approach problems from different angles.

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6 Tips for Students: What to Do in the Summer?

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Summer is finally here, and there is a wide choice of activities in front of you. Some students prefer to use their time for well-deserved rest, and some perceive it as an opportunity to work more. Regardless of what you choose, here are some tips useful for every student on a summer break.

1) Volunteer work

Any work experience is valuable enough to put on the resume. Volunteering, among other things, helps you build communication skills, networking, and group work. It also allows you to try out something new and learn as well as help the community.

2) Summer school

Even if the thought of additional classes in the summer makes us cringe, they might turn out to be very helpful in the sense that you would get ahead in the subject that you were not understanding too well. Student groups are usually smaller in size, so it’s a great chance to get to know your classmates better. Continue reading “6 Tips for Students: What to Do in the Summer?”