BooksRun Barcode Scanner Apps for Android and iPhone Available!

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Tired of manually typing the ISBNs? Don’t have access to a computer? Wanna know the buyback price of a textbook in front of you right now?
Quote your books with our new free barcode scanner now you can create your buyback orders on BooksRun.com from anywhere you want!
Use the coupon code APPS16 and get 10% extra on buyback orders with apps!
Our app is now available on both Android and iOS devices.

It’s extremely easy to use simply load the app and follow these steps:

  • Scan book’s barcode with your smartphone’s camera (or type the ISBN into the field)
  • Get instant buyback quotes and add them to your order
  • Click on the item to change quantity and condition
  • Checkout using your BooksRun account or by creating a new account
  • Choose your method of payment by check or PayPal
  • Sell your books!

Afterwards, you just need to access a printer, print a free shipping label, and drop your package at the nearest post office. You will get paid by check or PayPal within 2 business days after order processing.

Now you may think, why download the BooksRun App for Android or iPhone?

First, it’s a great chance for college students and graduates: you can quickly sell the textbooks you don’t need anymore and get paid in cash. Also, it’s very useful for book scouting as you can instantly quote multiple ISBNs with our barcode scanner in a matter of a few seconds. There are no other requirements except having an smartphone with a camera and a working connection to the internet. No payment for downloads or use included.

You can always contact our support and ask any questions about the apps on BooksRun.com!

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Am I Reading a Textbook Efficiently?

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Do you know that feeling when you’re reading the same line for ten times and not grasping the sense at all? Because I do. And I’m pretty sure that’s a very common problem for students who don’t know how in the world is it possible to learn many chapters in one night before the test (mind you, the “night” does not mean eight hours you should be sleeping).

Here are some tips that will help you. Nothing particularly mysterious or any terrible secrets passed down from generation to generation of people with straight A’s, just a small guide to improve your reading and studying habits.

First, find a nice location. It’s quite important to both sit comfortably (so that nothing would distract you) and feel collected – i.e. not lying on your back with a textbook threatening to slip out of your hands and land on your face. No judging, but I personally don’t find that studying position extremely efficient. Continue reading “Am I Reading a Textbook Efficiently?”

Tips for College Freshmen: Make It Memorable!

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The end (of the summer) is nigh! It’s already time for freshmen to buy textbooks, learn about new dorm roommates, and simply get ready for the college in all senses. Everyone standing in front of this new experience does not really know what to expect, and for sure you will encounter all the good and the bad sides of being a college student. But in order to make these years more memorable, you can engage into many activities which can expand your horizons and make your life more fun.

  • Meet new people

Don’t be afraid of going out and making friends, socializing is a skill that will always be useful. Also, getting to know a bunch of new people makes you look at things from a different perspective, and college is a perfect place for this. Continue reading “Tips for College Freshmen: Make It Memorable!”

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?”

Matter of Motivation: 7 Tips That Do Help

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There are two types of motivation: internal and external. I presume we all know what external motivation is: I will earn a lot of money; everyone will like me more, and I will finally eat this piece of cake that has been waiting in the fridge for a whole hour when I was studying. But internal, on the other hand, makes the process the goal itself – for example, you’re performing an operation on a patient, but you’re not doing it because you’ll be paid a lot of money, but rather because you want to improve patient’s life and better your technique. Long story short – study not for a grade, but rather for yourself.

One of many researches has shown that people with weak external and strong internal motivation achieved better success than the ones having high external motivation levels. Apparently, genuine interest and ambitions guide the person better than a will to get rich and famous. Of course, no one says that external validation does not work completely—but the fact remains: internal just works better. In the 21st century, the carrot-and-stick motivation to do work well and get rewarded is not enough in many cases, Continue reading “Matter of Motivation: 7 Tips That Do Help”