10 Best Productivity Apps and Digital Tools for College Students in 2020

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Summer is the best time to get equipped with the best productivity apps for college students. These digital tools help you be productive at college, manage your homework and lecture notes, save money, schedule classes, sell textbooks, and much more. Of course, some of these apps can be substituted in an analog way: taking handwritten notes and flashcards, keeping a Filofax agenda, or writing in a good-old Bullet Journal.

But maybe you’ll get seduced by how amazing and life-changing these apps are. In the end, you will opt for a blended system, integrating productivity apps with other analog time-management and studying tools. If you prefer to store all of your study-related information digitally and have instant access to any information from your phone or laptop — you will fall for these apps immediately!

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Top 10 Purchase and Rent Textbooks

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We love books at BooksRun! And we care about making textbooks affordable for others! We love sharing as well! Every day our data scientists monitor textbooks’ prices on the market to make sure we continue offering the lowest prices on used textbooks for you, our dear readers! Below you will find a list of the top 10 purchased or rented textbooks in this season:

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10 Best Selling College Textbooks for 2020

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BooksRun aims to save American students’ money with an option to purchase used textbooks for their studies and sell them to us later. We monitor carefully the most popular college textbooks of the year so that our students start their textbooks’ search as early as possible, and they have their books at hand before the start of the semester. With millions of books in stock, it has never been an easy task to establish top-selling textbooks! Nevertheless, we always try to do it to reveal the books that might be hard to find this year so make sure you start your book hunting process ASAP! 

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Textbooks’ Access Codes

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As a student, you are strongly aware of the high costs of textbooks. Moreover, you might have noticed that every time you purchase a textbook, you receive a pitch from the publisher to upgrade for some extra add-ons without which, according to the publisher, you will struggle to understand the course and excel in your studies. This has become a trend for the tech industry either: when you buy new software, you receive advice immediately on what you can purchase next. It can be a tech-support subscription (because we live at the era of services), a wider variety of content, customized- templates, etc. Nowadays there are always ways to make us, general customers, pay more and have extra fees… In the publishing industry, this has turned out into a profitable business model when students buying textbooks need to have the code for practicing additional tests associated with these books. Therefore, it puts extra worries on students if they are trying to save money by purchasing second-hand textbooks. Below we will try to demystify certain beliefs about these access codes for students.

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The Biggest Educational Publishers

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This article uses some of the information provided here: The Biggest Educational Publishers


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Numerous times we covered stories about reselling, donating, or recycling used textbooks. But do you know where do these books come from? We decided to tell you about the largest publishers who provide textbooks for university courses all over the country: they are responsible for deciding on the structure of the course, for creating the layout of the textbooks, and for distributing them. In total, there are 310 “General Education” publishers in the USA. Among them, there are 5 most prominent companies that stand out in the publishing industry. Below we will cover them in more detail.

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Best Time To Sell Your Textbooks

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As a regular student most of the time you are in the position when you need money to cover up your running costs at the college or to save up some money for vacation traveling. One of the simplest options to earn extra cash available to you as a student is to sell your textbooks to marketplaces and buyback companies. Now it is quite a popular service and a lot of students have heard about it.

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BooksRun Loyalty Program

We live in a time when forests disappearing in a week and floods destroying towns and villages become the norm of our life. Here at BooksRun, we care about our planet and we want to make sure that we pass our planet to our grandchildren in a decent state — that’s why we partner with ONETREEPLANTED. Bearing this in mind, we launched our BooksRun Loyalty program to support you, our dear readers, in going green since buying, renting or selling used books is a way to minimize the deforestation and carbon footprint. Below you will find information on how to earn points and what you will get if you sign up for our Let’s Go Green Together Initiative.

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Tips on how to spend your summer holiday

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Yessssssssss!  The long-awaited summer holiday is finally here! And that means no more having to set your alarm to wake up early in the early morning, or racking your brain at midnight because of school work or exams. Yes, it’s the time when you’re allowed to set your books aside, kick back, relax, and binge on Netflix. Or…maybe not? I for one plan on dedicating a lot of time binging on my favorite shows on Netflix, but at some point, this might get a bit boring and repetitive. If you’re looking for ways to spice up your summer and make it an adventurous and interesting one, then we’ve got just the tips that might help you in doing so!

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How to get Textbooks for Free (Buy and Sell textbooks for the same price)

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It’s a common fact that a lot of students are not so eager to spend a lot of money on expensive textbooks, especially on textbooks that they know they’ll need for just a semester. That’s why as students, we’ve been able to find easy ways out of this dilemma in which we end up not having to spend a fortune on textbooks. The Internet is a very helpful tool that has provided us with various means of solving our book problems; such as renting textbooks, buying used hand-me-downs, comparing online prices, as well as the famous buyback services that a lot of websites such as Booksrun offer. The outrageously high prices of textbooks, as well as education fees, have caused students to try to save as much money as they can by buying and selling textbooks. Buying and selling textbooks is a popular thing amongst students and it’s pretty much the most profitable means of earning extra money. Although, sometimes it may not be as easy as it seems. It takes practice and experience to master the art of book scouting and once you become a pro you might even be able to buy and sell textbooks for the same price. That means not losing any money at all! Here are some helpful tips you’ll need to consider.

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A Brief History of the College Textbook Pricing Racket

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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 like BooksRun and bookstores that give students the opportunity to rent textbooks for a given period of time. They can also search through the web for used textbooks or ebooks which come at prices way cheaper than the original new or paper form.

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