Alice Sneary: August 2010 Archives
Where are all these free textbooks coming from? WorldCat libraries, of course! And just in time for back-to-school.
Although let me digress for a minute to remind you that the textbooks are NOT free for the library.
BUT, with the help of this handy new app from CampusBooks.com--available for iPhone and Android--students of all ages can compare costs and availability of textbooks and source them from a number of different places: online web sites, the traditional college bookstore or now a library nearby.
The CampusBooks apps are free and provide prices on on new, used, ebook and rental textbooks. Similar to other mobile shopping apps that use the WorldCat Search API and WorldCat Registry APIs (in fact CampusBooks uses the pic2shop technology, who has also implemented WorldCat results), you simply scan the book barcode or type in a title, author, keyword or ISBN search and voila, local library phone numbers, URLs, address and maps at your fingertips.
If you're an iPhone or Android user, download the apps now at no cost through Apple's iTunes app store or the Android market on your phone. Photos below: