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(December 10, 2009)

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/10/09 -- has released an updated version of its iBookStore application for iPhone and iPod Touch. Version 1.2 adds real-time buyback price-comparison technology so that students can ensure that they get the most money back when selling their books at the end of the semester. This buyback capability not only shows students the best prices for selling textbooks back, it actually connects them with the buyer and allows them to proceed with the transaction from within the app.

"As students prepare to sell back their textbooks , they want to know market values so that they can find the best deal. Our iPhone app provides them with information and options; it gives them fast access to prices and peace of mind that they are getting the most cash in their pockets. Wherever they are, they can simply connect and find the best book deals for both buying and selling," said Jeff Cohen, CEO of

With buyback in place, iBookStore now delivers price comparisons for both buying and selling books as well as the application's many other features such as a wishlist, send-to-a-friend, and lists of bestselling textbooks and award-winning trade books. iBookStore remains a free download for students and book lovers alike. Application details and a download link can be found at

The iBookStore app is the latest addition to's ever-expanding suite of free interactive "beyond the website" tools developed to empower students with ways to find the best deals quickly, easily, and on the go. "Students interact with us in many different ways. Our robust technology has allowed us to develop a set of free tools that allow students to save money using their preferred methods of connectivity and interaction. We are driven to innovation by a desire to provide choices and flexible solutions that meet a broad spectrum of student demand," said Cohen.

The Internet-based savings suite currently includes:

-- iBookStore: A lean and powerful iPhone app that allows students to search millions of books from multiple vendors and databases, find the best prices for both buying and selling, and complete the transaction on the spot.

-- Price Tweetbacks: A Twitter tool that allows followers to send direct messages containing an ISBN to @CampusBooks and receive instant replies with the lowest purchase price and a link to buy the book.

-- iGoogle Gadget: A mini-app that integrates within the customizable iGoogle interface and places textbook price-comparison on the user's homepage.

-- Blog: A valuable resource containing information on all things textbook savings. From laws and government policies to scholarships to coupons and contests, if it concerns saving money on college textbooks, it'll be here.

-- Mobile Website: A streamlined and simplified version of the main website. Quick to load, light on images, perfect for students with browser-enabled phones.

The savings suite provides tools for students to save up to 95% on their college textbook purchases and to get the most money from buyback. All interactive tools use real-time pricing information from more than three dozen Internet merchants and hundreds of sellers. is committed to making textbooks as accessible as possible for students and will continue to develop the interactive solutions that empower students to enhance further their educations without incurring unnecessary expenses.

About was started in 1998 by college students tired of paying outrageous prices for textbooks. The company has evolved into a leading comparison-shopping website. First and foremost, our aim is to be a beneficial service to students. Our website is designed to offer students an alternative to high-priced books and bookstores, to provide efficient and friendly customer service, and to do business ethically and with attention to environmental sustainability. To learn more, visit and be sure to read our blog.

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