Even though I’ve been out of college for awhile, I occasionally take a class, and every single time I sign up for a class I suffer from sticker shock. The price stickers found on text books are criminal. I was in college on the cusp of the digital era and there weren’t today’s resources to purchase books…now there’s an app for that (I never tire of saying that cliché).
There’s nothing that I enjoy more on a Saturday morning than playing with my iPad and iPhone (seriously I’m such a dork) and drinking coffee. I grabbed a Stumptown latte and headed to the college book store down the street to test out TextBookMe. In the dingy-lit cellar store (they keep all their text books in a cellar for some strange reason) I went straight to the graphic design section and started scanning barcodes off books (using the iPhone camera) and within seconds TextBookMe pulled up a list of online bookstores to buy the book along with the prices. For the most part I was able to find the books cheaper than the college bookstore with this app. Oh, and for the dingy-lit portion…why I brought that part up is not necessarily to be descriptive but to point out that TextBookMe allows you to easily scan books in any lighting situation.
Text book wise, TextBookMe managed to find every single book that I threw at it. So I decided to go a step further and started scanning random non-text books around my house and with a few exceptions TextBookMe rarely got stumped. Yeah music books, cook books…even some obscure non-fiction books were pulled up. So even if you’re not a college student using TextBookMe may save you some bucks.
The Bottom Line: 9/10 (Super!)
If you’re a college student on a budget, or frankly like to save a few bucks, TextBookMe is a fantastic tool that gives you plenty of purchasing options in seconds.