College Textbooks For Cheap

Alana Folen
Wednesday - August 03, 2011
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Bookzingo founders Ryan Catalani, Matt Feldman, Melanie Feldman and George Tang. Photo from Melanie Feldman

In the eyes of the average college student, with each new semester comes the dreaded reality of having to dish out massive amounts of cash for college textbooks. Well, fret no more., a new online marketplace, aims to become the standard for college students buying and selling class textbooks. The core mission of is to save students money.

“Bookzingo helps students find others buying and selling textbooks right at their campus,” explains Bookzingo CEO Melanie Feldman, a Punahou graduate who will be graduating from the University of Pittsburgh this December with a double major in finance and marketing.

According to Feldman, the average student will spend anywhere from $800$1,200 a year on textbooks. However, with a college bookstore’s buyback, a student would generally only receive $100-$300 in returns.

“On Bookzingo, you yourself are able to determine how much you spend or save on books,” she says.

Feldman founded the company along with college students Ryan Catalani, Matt Feldman and George Tang. Together, they are currently working to establish Bookzingo’s service locally at the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University and several high schools islandwide, including Punahou School.

“Bookzingo is free to use and always will be. A student goes on the site, chooses the school he or she attends, and signs up for an account (which only asks for a name, email and password). From there, if they want to buy, they just search for their book. Search results come up, and all they have to do is click ‘request’ and Bookzingo automatically notifies the seller with an email,” Feldman adds.

“If the student is looking to sell a book, they fill in some basic information, name their price, post their book, and can just sit back and wait for the email. From there, the buyer and seller determine how they want to meet up and close the deal.”

Bookzingo also has recently teamed up with Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt to offer new users a 15-percent-off coupon at any Menchie’s Hawaii location, with more advertising partnerships planned in the near future.

For more information on Bookzingo, visit and find “Bookzingo” on Twitter and Facebook.

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