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College Dorm Survival Guide Pt. 2: Roommates

The transition into dorm life can be a difficult one for many college freshmen. Some simply are not accustomed to taking care of themselves and others go a little crazy without parental supervision. Most freshmen do just fine, but after the allure of being away from your parents wears off and the excitement of dorm life fades, you start to realize that you have an entire year to live in a small dorm room, in a hall full of strangers. (more…)

College Dorm Survival Guide Pt. 1: The RA

The transition into dorm life can be a difficult one for many college freshmen. Some simply are not accustomed to taking care of themselves and others go a little crazy without parental supervision. Most freshmen do just fine, but after the allure of being away from your parents wears off and the excitement of dorm life fades, you start to realize that you have an entire year to live in a small dorm room, in a hall full of strangers.  (more…)

Guru Roundup: Bringing You the Industry’s Need-to-Know News

Financial Edge: Who Will Dominate The Electronic Textbook Market?

“Two of the biggest book retailers in the U.S., Amazon and Barnes and Noble, both offer electronic textbook rentals. The service doesn’t always offer cost savings compared to purchasing a traditional textbook, but it does offer convenience. If you’re not sure where to shop, consider how the two companies compare on pricing, rental terms, portability and other factors . . .” (more…)

The Changing Landscape of Textbook Rental: An Interview with Chuck Jones, President of CA Jones Management

The textbook rental market has exploded over the past three years expanding from a handful of rental websites to over 15 sites that offer their own rental program.  One of the leaders in this space is College Book Renter.  The Textbook Guru took a second to sit down with the Chuck Jones, President of CA Jones Management, the company that owns College Book Renter, SE Books and a few other textbook-related companies. (more…)

The Death of International Editions and Follet Sues BookRenter

It’s not that often that I have the chance to follow legal proceedings. I don’t care much for lawyers or being sued and when I read legal documents, I sometimes get confused and annoyed by the jargon that I frustratedly walk away after wishing for a Cliffs Notes version. (more…)

Comparing Prices for the Top Used, New and e-book Retailers

Last week, we launched CampusBooks’ new e-book search service, and with it,findings comparing the availability of the top 1000 textbooks at each of those e-book merchants (see what Mashable had to say about it, too). This week, we took it one step further, and compared what everyone actually cares about: pricing. (more…)

Chegg Addresses Final Pieces to the Puzzle

In March, we speculated how Chegg was in the process of repositioning itself within the market . It seems that Chegg has confirmed our suspicions with a few recent moves. After the purchase of Student of Fortune, the rentals giant began referring to itself as the “Social Educational Platform” and developing a “Social Graph” with students. (more…)