We developed a Chrome Plugin that overlays lower textbook prices directly on the bookstore website despite legal threats from Follett, the nation's largest college bookstore operator. AMA
We developed OccupyTheBookstore.com, a Chrome Plugin which overlays competitive market prices for textbooks directly on the college bookstore website. This allows students to easily compare prices from services like Amazon and Chegg instead of being forced into the inflated bookstore markup. Though students are increasingly aware of third-party options, many are still dependent on the campus bookstore because they control the information for which textbooks are required by course.
Here's a GIF of it in action.
We've been asked to remove the extension by Follett, a $2.7 billion company that services over 1700+ college bookstores. Instead of complying, we rebuilt the extension from the ground up and re-branded it as #OccupyTheBookstore, as the user is literally occupying their website to find cheaper deals.
Ask us anything about the textbook industry, the lack of legal basis for Follett's threats, etc., and if you're a college student, be sure to try out the extension for yourself!
Wow, lots of great interest and questions. Two quick hits:
1) This is a Texts.com side project that makes use of our core API. If you are a college student and would like to build something yourself, hit up our lead dev at [email protected], or PM /u/bhalp1 or tweet to him @BHalp1
2) If you'd like some free #OccupyTheBookstore stickers, click this form.
Wow, this is really an overwhelming and awesome amount of support and interest.
We've gotten some great media attention, and also received an e-mail from someone at the EFF! Words cannot express how pumped we are.
If you need to get in touch with me for any reason, just PM me or shoot an email to [email protected].
Wow, this is absolutely insane. The WSJ just posted an article: www.wsj.com/articles/BL-DGB-39652