Occupy the Bookstore wants to save you money on textbooks

IMG_0019New Chrome plugin made for college students
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

“Occupy the Bookstore” isn’t another gathering of protesters in New York, it’s a gathering of college kids looking to save money on their school books.
Going to college is expensive. Collegedate.com published an article stating, “According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2013–2014 school year was… $8,893 for state residents at public colleges.” Add in, “College Board reports the average cost for books and supplies for the 2013–2014 school year was $1,207 at public colleges” and it shows why occupythebookstore.com came to be.
Occupythebookstore.com allows you to download a free plugin for the Chrome browser. This plugin, which works automatically once downloaded, will show you the price comparisons on different sites all while sitting on a college bookstore’s website.
If a student were to look up a Psychology book on neebo.com (SC4’s bookstore site) they would find a bar on top of the screen, showing different listings for different sites, such as Chegg, Amazon, and Bilbo.
Occupy the Bookstore plugin opens a new tab to the different site, allowing you to keep a metaphorical bookmark in the original website. Students can also sell their textbooks to the site for free once they create an account.
This new plugin may be the end of high priced college bookstores, but it is too early to tell, being that the app didn’t launch until the beginning of Jan.

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