iFlipd and GoFundMe Make Paying for Textbooks Easier for College Students

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iFlipd, the only pay-as-you-go weekly textbook rental provider, announced a new partnership with GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, so college students can raise money from family, friends, and community organizations to help pay for their textbooks needs. All of the contributions raised go straight to the cost of the textbooks, so their supporters know their money is well spent.

“Paying for college is hard enough and many students can use some help. Our pay-as-you-go weekly textbook solution provides a flexible experience at an affordable price,” said Kati Radziwon, iFlipd CEO and founder. “GoFundMe is the number one fundraiser for textbook costs to date and our partnership with them extends our simple and flexible payment process to a wider and needed audience.”

“With college tuition on the rise, it’s more important than ever to help support students pursuing their higher education,” said Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO. “Many students have a network of family and friends who are ready to help them out with expenses like textbooks. With this new partnership with iFlipd, we’re excited to make it easier and faster for college students to get the financial support they need.”

How can students start to raise money?
The process is simple for students to get started:

  1. Create a free iFlipd account
  2. Set up their GoFundMe account
  3. Share their story, invite family & friends to help fund their textbooks
  4. Apply the funds directly through iFlipd to rent and pay for textbooks

Why iFlipd?
As the only pay-as-you-go weekly textbook rental provider, iFlipd allows students to pay for only the time they need through weekly rentals. Students instantly have access to the books they need in print and eBook format. Students can return them any time they like while earning reward points each time.

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Student entrepreneurs lower textbook rental costs

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Two students at the University of Pretoria have found inspiration in having to work with a tight budget. They’ve turned their lack of funds into a business opportunity to help other students, while also putting money back in their pockets.
Thabiso Lekala, the co-founder of eAfford, shared a predicament with many other students. Books are the lifeblood of his university life, but they are a major expenditure, and the campus library doesn’t always have enough copies of a textbook in demand.

He and his friend, Seyi Ogunbowale, decided to turn this to their advantage, by creating a business that rents out academic books online for less than half the retail cost.

Lekala says’ “You’d go to the library and you’d find that the textbooks you were looking to find to study is not there, or someone has borrowed it …I couldn’t afford textbooks, I couldn’t afford to go out, I couldn’t afford like groceries and stuff so I had to compromise on some of those stuff so it actually pushed me to say if I could do this I can help a lot of other people in the same situation.”

The service currently has more than a hundred users, with over 10 000 books on offer.

The duo started with a cash injection of six-thousand-rand, and have now done a deal with publishers, whereby they are hoping to expand their online library to other campuses around the country.

Source: http://www.enca.com/student-entrepreneurs-cut-textbook-costs

Textbook Rentals Increase at University Arkansas

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Textbook purchases from the University Bookstore have increased over the past few years, but so has the means to acquire textbooks, the UA Bookstore director said.

       

“We have seen a growth in the textbook market and textbook purchases as we are looking at the UofA bookstore,” Ali Sadeghi said. “That has come on the understanding that the enrollment has increased and the kind of material that professors have been using has changed.”

   

 

Students have the option to buy new and used books, and also rent textbooks, which is generally the cheapest means of acquiring books.

The bookstore has seen a 30 percent growth rate in students who rent textbooks.

“The variety of material available and the ways students can obtain the books has mushroomed,” Sadeghi said.

Sadeghi also said that while officials has seen an increase in students getting their books from the bookstore, they also have to analyze and understand all of the factors.

“When we normalize the data, we also see the phenomenon of online purchasing,” Sadeghi said.

Students are able to pick up textbooks that they reserve or pre-order at the second floor of the bookstore.

“We also have a site within our website that provides competitive shopping for our students,” Sadeghi said.

Certain majors, such as engineering, involve purchasing textbooks that may be more expensive than usual. Textbooks more than $200 is common for engineering majors, student said.

“One time I had to buy a statics and dynamics combo book that was a little over $200, and that one I had to get from the bookstore because it was a bookstore-only book,” senior Caleb Bryant said. “However, it came in use for two different classes and sold back for a good amount. Most engineering books are expensive anyway, so it comes with the major.”

While online books may be cheaper, they are not always a better price, and take time to be delivered.

“At times, it is not that much cheaper,” Bryant said. “The bookstore offers convenience, and you are able to get it that day usually. The Internet offers it cheaper, and if the professor allows earlier versions, it is much cheaper, but then you have to wait for it to come in.”

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