[Re]introducing BookScouter Mobile

December 19th, 2014

Tucked away in the recesses of BookScouter.com there once was a mobile-optimized site found at m.bookscouter.com. Today I’d like to re-introduce this tool and bring it into the limelight because it, too, has been rebranded with the new BookScouter design and given a much needed makeover.

BookScouter Mobile is a very lightweight version of BookScouter.com with only the minimum required information for users to make buying decisions on the go. Additionally, BookScouter Mobile has the capability to use a smartphone’s camera to scan a book’s ISBN for quick and easy searching while on location of book bonanzas, yard sales, and bookstores. In order to take advantage of this feature, users must install the free Pic2Shop app, compatible with all iOS and Android devices.

BookScouter Mobile is not meant to replace the existing iOS and Android BookScouter apps; but due to their age, m.bookscouter.com is a great alternative for users while we reengineer our mobile apps for broader compatibility, optimized use, and performance.

I want to thank you for your continued support while we work to improve BookScouter and its many features. Stay tuned for our 2015 roadmap where we’ll reveal more changes that lie in store for BookScouter.

Cheers,
Dustin Checketts
President

BookByte Offering 5% Buyback Bonus

December 8th, 2014

For a limited time and exclusively through BookScouter, BookByte is offering a 5% Buyback Bonus (Bonus capped to $15)  to any sale using the promo code “bscouter5″. This offer is good through December 31, 2014.

Redemption Instructions

  1. Search your ISBN on BookScouter.com
  2. Locate BookByte and click “Sell Here”
  3. Continue adding books by following steps 1-2 (new books will automatically be added to your BookByte cart)
  4. When you’re ready to check out, login to BookByte, create an account, or proceed via Guest checkout
  5. Type “bscouter5″ (without quotes) into the “Have a Promo Code?” box below your “Order Summary”
  6. Click “Apply” and watch your total increase by 5%

Complete your payment options, shipping information, and optional tracking alerts and you’ve earned an extra 5% on your buyback order! Be sure to return to BookScouter.com to rate your experience and let others know about this limited time offer.

BookScouter Site Redesign – What You Should Know

October 11th, 2014

The last time that we redesigned the BookScouter site was clear back in April of 2010.   (It was really ugly before that.)

We’ve spent the past several months working on the new design and think that the new look is a huge improvement that makes the site look much more modern.  None of the functionality has changed, but you may find some links in slightly different places.  We’ve spent the last week fixing some minor bugs that were introduced with the redesign and listening to your request for changes based on how you used the site.  We’ve got a few more minor things that we’d like to clean up, but everything should be running pretty well now.

One thing that may not be obvious came from suggestions from users.  You said that the pricing information should be moved up on the page so as not to require scrolling to see the prices.   We wanted to keep the format as it was for new users, so if you simply sign into your free account, there is now a setting  that says “Hide Featured Vendor, moves pricing table higher on the page, limiting page scrolling, and hides FAQs.”.   Selecting “Hide” next to this setting will show the book information on the left side of the page, and the prices on the right side, further up the page

As always, please feel free to Contact Us if you have any more comments or suggestions.  We are also getting more active on Facebook, so you can interact with us and others there as well.

Slight Change to BookScouter Bulk Functionality

August 4th, 2014

Since its inception, the Bulk Lookup Tool for BookScouter Pro users has had a quirky behavior if you started to process a second list before the first one was completely finished the two lists would get partially combined.

We’ve just released a change that will fix this behavior so that it works more as expected. When you upload a list of ISBNS, the resulting screen will display only prices from that list. It no longer combines the prices from multiple lists

Historic BookScouter.com Data

August 4th, 2014

Would you like to gain access to BookScouter’s daily pricing data? BookScouter now has historic data available for purchase. A daily data file contains every price that is shown on the BookScouter.com website.

Contact us about pricing and a sample to try it out!

Each file is gzipped CSV with the following columns:

  • Vendor ID
  • ISBN
  • Price
  • Timestamp

Sample Data:
24,0809129795,1.25,2014-08-04 00:00:00
54,0691122946,1.05,2014-08-04 00:00:01
24,0691122946,1.00,2014-08-04 00:00:01
47,1416589228,1.74,2014-08-04 00:00:01
12,1418548200,1.25,2014-08-04 00:00:02
11,1111347174,4.58,2014-08-04 00:00:02
12,1111347174,54.25,2014-08-04 00:00:02
18,1111347174,18.50,2014-08-04 00:00:02
16,1111347174,51.25,2014-08-04 00:00:02

BookScouter Mentioned on WallStCheatSheet

June 23rd, 2014

BookScouter was featured in the article, “6 Ways to Earn Money Without Leaving the House” found on WallStCheatSheet.com. Their six suggestions include recycle, have a garage sale, teach lessons, sell used books, open an Etsy store, and rent a spare room.

Full Article: WallStCheatSheet.com

New Site: BooksCashed.com

January 30th, 2014

We’re happy to announce the third new site that we’ve added this month. BooksCashed.com is the latest addition. This company is based in Atlanta and seems to have some very competitive pricing.

Please give them a try if you have the chance, and make sure to leave feedback after you’ve tried them out.

Three New Sites Added

January 11th, 2014

It has been a busy week, as we’ve added three new book buyback websites to BookScouter.com. They are GoSellBooks.com, GoGetterBooks.com, and Marathon Books

Please give these new companies a try, and leave feedback for them after your transaction has been completed to help others know about them.

Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Textbooks in the Best Condition

September 5th, 2013

If you have just bought new textbooks for the semester, make sure you are keeping your books in the best condition to get the highest prices when you sell them back. The following is a list of the top 10 ways to keep your textbooks in the best condition during the semester.

  1. Organize Your Backpack – It is best if you can avoid using a backpack, but if you can’t, arrange the contents so that it will cause the least amount of wear on your books.
  2. Waterproof Your Backpack on Rainy Days – If you know it is going to rain, line your backpack with a plastic grocery bag. Use two just to be safe. Soaked textbooks are a quick way to drop in condition.
  3. Find Other Ways to Highlight – Use Post-It notes or write notes in a separate handbook with references to where the passage was found. Even one highlight will lower your book’s sellback price.
  4. Eat and Drink From a Safe Distance – Avoid these accidents by simply keeping food and drink at a safe distance. You will thank yourself.
  5. Only Open Additional Resources if Needed – Many books come with CDs or packets. If your teacher does not require you to use these resources, keep them sealed.
  6. Cover Hardback Books – Hardback books are kept in much better condition if properly covered. By making the cover, you can personalize it in a fun way too. Be sure not to make the cover too tight or too loose.
  7. Remove Jacket Covers – Some books come with a jacket cover. This can actually become a nuisance to you, as they tear easy. Simply store the cover in a safe place until you return the book. A fresh jacket cover will make your book look brand new.
  8. Do Not Store on the Floor – There is a lot of dust and things that are not seen easily on the floor. Avoid laying your books down on it if possible.
  9. Lay Books Flat in Storage – If you have room, storing your books while laying flat will better protect the corners from being bent.
  10. Use Proper Packaging – You are responsible for returning the book in the same condition. If your book is damaged while being delivered, you will still get a lower price. When you ship your books back, make sure they are securely packaged.

Now is the Best Time to Sell Your Used Textbooks

August 22nd, 2013

A recent article on extrabux.com suggests that timing can drastically affect how much cash you get back when you sell your textbooks. In fact, due to the Laws of Supply and Demand, the week of August 20th is the best time of the year to sell your used textbooks. Research shows that sale prices during this week can increase by as much as 20%.

In an effort to maintain enough supply to meet the Fall-Semester demand, book-buyback companies featured on BookScouter are currently in fierce competition for students’ textbooks. As a result, prices offered to you are at an annual high.

Now is the time to take advantage of the textbook buyback season. By using BookScouter, you can maximize the immediate sales for your used textbooks. Go out and get some cash.