We founded Texts.com, and are ALSO trying to fix the broken textbook industry. AMA!
After seeing this terrific AMA from the PackBackBooks.com team, we thought we'd jump into the mix. If you haven't, please check it out. Kasey is honest, transparent throughout, and it's one of the more thorough AMA's I've read in a while.
Our story-- We (my co-founder is /u/bhalp1) are two 2012 grads who met on /r/NYCjobs last February. Since then, our humble, bootstrapped, two-man team has been hard at work building a free student textbook exchange and price-comparison engine. Check it out at Texts.com
Our goal is simple: give the people what they want. That means an exchange where they can buy/sell without paying a fee, and the tools to find the best online deals when there aren't any student listings for the book they need.
Feel free to ask us anything!
edit: proof by request: https://www.facebook.com/TextsDotCom/posts/503698119742183
edit2: If you're interested in providing feedback on a new Chrome extension, check out Texts.com/Enhance. It's currently in beta and works with college bookstores on the bkstr.com and bncollege.com domains. There are definitely some edge-cases that might cause errors, so feedback would be amazing and totally appreciated!
edit3: If you're interested in following along with our journey (and have a .EDU), please sign up at our site. It'd be huge to continue getting this support from the community. Additionally, we have a small subreddit at /r/TextsDotCom where you can chime in with any comments / feedback you might have.