Monday, May 10, 2010

Amazon offers textbook buyback program as alternative to campus bookstores; one million books now eligible

Amazon announced today that its textbook buyback program now has one million books eligible. The program allows students to exchange used textbooks in return for an Gift Card.
While most students would probably prefer the cash, the program does allow students to compare prices offered by Amazon (here is the Amazon buyback page) against those offered by university bookstores.

According to Amazon, once a book is received and verified by the third party merchant who purchases the title, an Gift Card is deposited into the student's account.

"Buying textbooks is no longer the financial burden it once was for students, and we're happy that we've been able to make Textbook Buyback even more convenient with over 1 million books now available to trade in for high prices. Students are crazy if they're still selling their books back on campus," said Julie Todaro, director of Books at

It's a bit hard to judge that last statement, but it is certainly true that by gathering a buyback program under one roof it does create a greater range of buyers. It may also be helpful on those occasions where the university bookstore will not buy back a book because the class will no longer be offered. I have my collection of Kierkegaard thanks to that happening.