We are Jacob and Ben—Textbook Experts. For years we’ve watched textbook publisher’s jerk students around through price control and unnecessary complexity. So we did something about it.
When it comes to buying textbooks, students have two essential problems--complexity and price.
We all understand the price problem--"that book is HOW MUCH?!" But the complexity problem is less understood, and it directly affects the price problem. You see, if students don't know all their options, or don't understand what they actually need (or don't need), they're going to pay too much.
After 17 years in the textbook industry, we finally got tired of watching countless students spend way too much money for their class material simply because they don’t understand they have options. Publishers rely on creating confusion to ensure student’s buy new, high priced items from them instead of lower margin or used items on the web.
And the craziest thing of all...students have no idea they’re getting screwed because of textbook complexity. They know books are expensive, but they say, “I just bought what was on my syllabus. What’s so complex about that?”
A lot actually, and while you might have what you need for class, you probably overpaid big time.
So, we decided to do something about it. We understand that a typical student has no way to become a Textbook Expert, so we created a free tool that makes everyone an expert. Our tool does two things.
- It puts students back in control by giving them every option for the material they need. There are more options than they think--even for things like access codes.
- It simplifies class material down into its component parts. Publishers make a ton of money on high priced “packages” that contain more than one item. We’ve found that if you break that package down into its individual items and just buy what you need, you can save dumb amounts of money.
We call our free tool PageLess, and you can use it at www.pageless.us
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