BoolaBooks was created in the Fall of 2016, starting at Yale University to solve a simple problem: help make used textbooks a lot easier for college students.
Our team consists of former college students, who are acutely aware of the difficulties of finding cheap textbooks. When we started at Yale, we observed the following layout of the land. There was the bookstore, which was so expensive it was rarely considered beyond naive freshmen. There was Amazon, which had some more affordable options, but of course the post office was a nightmare, especially if trying to rent (and then return) books for the semester. There were facebook groups, but their coverage of classes, books, and people was poor and required endless scrolling.
Our team is a passionate group of deal hunter, and we knew too well back at Yale that other students’ books were clearly the best deal and most convenient option for used textbooks. The only problem was that people were limited to who they knew. What if you could leverage the entire campus’s network to find the books you needed?
BoolaBooks is the manifestation of that idea. It’s a website dedicated to bringing students together to help one another. It’s pretty simple really: students can upload books and other students can search for and buy them by talking to the seller directly on the sire. Since you’re both on campus you just meet up and exchange the books for cash.
How do we get involved? We pretty much don’t really, and that’s kind of the point. All we do is help make it easier for people to find each other. Books and searches are organized by course number, so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. When new books are posted, we let everyone who was previously looking know about it, so you’re not constantly having to scroll or check new listings.
This application uses Open Source components. You can find the source code of their open source projects along with license information below. We acknowledge and are grateful to these developers for their contributions to open source.
Book images and information is provided courtesy of Amazon Web Services Product Advertising. Course information obtained from http://catalog.yale.edu/ycps/subjects-of-instruction/.