The Pros and Cons of E-Books

Whether you’re the kind of person who ponders on the possible setbacks of our fast growing advancement in technology or you’re the kind who welcomes with open arms any means of making life easier with technology, the rate at which new electronic devices and machines are being produced and improved doesn’t seem likely to come to an end. And more often than not, each new advancement comes with a handful of positive aspects, as well as negative, and eBook is a perfect example. Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of E-Books”

Are Online Textbooks Making Education More Affordable?

It is undeniable that college costs have risen exponentially throughout the years, with U.S. News noting that this is due to soaring tuition prices. Based on an annual survey obtained by U.S. News, the average cost of tuition and fees for the last school year was $34,699 at private colleges, $21,632 for out-of-state students at state schools, and $9,528 for state residents at public colleges. Continue reading “Are Online Textbooks Making Education More Affordable?”

Advantages of Learning a Foreign Language

Whether you’re a science student whose primary interest lies in maths, physics, and all that complicated stuff, or a humanitarian student who, like me, is interested in the artsy stuff, learning a foreign language, especially while in college, is an important asset that is bound to come in handy in the future. It doesn’t only boost your CV or make travelling abroad much easier, but it also makes you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, as Anne Merritt says in The Telegraph. It’s not necessary to be a language major in order to learn a foreign language; language skills compliment any course or degree and it gives graduates a competitive advantage across all job sectors. But these are just a few out of numerous advantages of learning a new language. Here are some more advantages below. Continue reading “Advantages of Learning a Foreign Language”

The Importance of Having a Part Time Job

It’s an undeniable fact that having a part time job is a common aspect in the life of a college student. I mean, how else do you expect to afford those expensive textbooks, pay rent, and also have some money on the side for Saturday night outs? Part time jobs can be on or off campus, and you can earn as much as $15 per hour, depending on the job of course. But a decent salary isn’t all that a part time job is good for. Studies have shown that students who hold part time jobs while in college tend to have better grades, and with better grades, coupled with a handful of internships, they were likely to find jobs within six months after graduation! There are many ways in which having a part time job can help you not only improve your college experience but prepare you for what lies ahead after graduation, and here’s how! Continue reading “The Importance of Having a Part Time Job”

A Brief History of the College Textbook Pricing Racket

It’s a known fact that for the past decades the price of textbooks has increased at a drastic rate. New editions of textbooks are made every year, rendering the old ones, in most cases, useless, and students have no choice but to purchase them. Thanks to the Internet, students have been able to find a way to cope with the increasing price. A helpful factor is the emergence of websites and bookstores that give students the opportunity to rent books for a given period of time. They can also search through the web for used textbooks or ebooks which come in prices way cheaper than the original new or paper form. Continue reading “A Brief History of the College Textbook Pricing Racket”

How College Students Battled Textbook Publishers

The cost of textbooks for college students has skyrocketed over the past decade. A new economics textbook could now cost you as much as $300, and that’s just a tip of the iceberg. It’s a known fact that students spend an average of $600 to even $1000 on textbooks per year. However, this also depends on which university you attend, whether private or state. But despite the fact that the cost of textbooks has been increasing, the same can’t be said for the amount students spend on them. How could this be so? Well, when prices go up, people tend to find ways to avoid paying such high prices. And it appears that students have also found a way.  Continue reading “How College Students Battled Textbook Publishers”

Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices

The battle of publishers and textbook distributors against counterfeit books has been going on for quite some time now. Various laws and measures are being taken in order to prevent the distribution of counterfeit books, nevertheless, there are still many of them circulating on the market. Counterfeit books are seen as an illicit business in which criminals thrive; by making second-hand physical copies of books without authorization and then selling them off either directly to students or to textbook distributors. In most cases, they sell them at cheaper rates than the original ones. (Click to read more) Continue reading “Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices”

Why Do Textbooks Cost So Much?

Ever wonder why textbooks tend to be unreasonably expensive even for the average college student? Well, you’re not the only one. This is one of the most current problems we college students face. Various surveys have been taken by American universities to estimate how much college students spend on textbooks, and this ranges from $600 to even $1000 depending on which university you attend (private university or community college). Also taking into consideration the expenses for school supplies and material, this could easily top over $1000. Yes, that’s a pretty scary number. So, why do textbooks cost so much? We did some research and here are a few reasons why: Continue reading “Why Do Textbooks Cost So Much?”

Tips for a Wonderful Easter!

Easter is coming, Easter is here!

In honor of it we invite you to join us and celebrate with a little treasure: our special promo code: EASTER17 (and you don’t even have to go on a hunt)! Meanwhile, here are some tips that will help you have an amazing Easter:

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Get Your Own Pot of Gold with BooksRun!

Looks like St. Patrick’s is here! Cheers!

This holiday is mostly about spending (especially on alcoholic beverages, let’s be honest), so saving some green can present a true challenge. But keep your head up, ‘cause we’re about to drop some tips to help you with this matter!

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