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This holiday season, Bookbyte has partnered with the Center for Hope and Safety in Salem, Oregon to help improve the lives of women and children who have been victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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If College were free, would textbooks cost more?

Free college. The idea is whispered like an incantation in student government meetings and dorm rooms across the country. An education without crippling debt. Surely a pipe dream, but a beautiful one none the less, right?

Several states in the US have begun to offer free or heavily discounted Community College, though 4 year universities still charge tens of thousands of dollars per semester. If, oh glorious thought, a 4 year degree were to be offered free of charge, what would it do to textbook costs?

Is Free College a Pipe Dream?

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As you may have heard, the Oxford English Dictionary made this emoji the word of the year.

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How to ship books safely: 5 ways to protect your package

Learning how to ship books safely is as easy as remembering five steps. It’s alarming how frequently we receive books that are damaged during shipping, usually due to being poorly packed. You can’t control how your boxes are handled while in transit, but you can control how you protect your books to minimize the chance of damage. Save yourself the heartache of a damaged delivery with these five tips for shipping your books safely.

shipping damage to a fragile box

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Bookbyte Local: Why Oregon Students Have the Best of Both Worlds

If you are an Oregon resident (or at least are a student in Oregon), we have great news for you. If you want to avoid shipping costs for your online textbook orders, you have two ways to do so. You can either order more than $49 in textbooks and receive free shipping (just like everybody else), or you can take a short trip to Bookbyte in Salem, Oregon. Our warehouse has over 30,000 textbooks in it just waiting for plucky students to walk in and buy them, tax and shipping free.


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How to get the most cash selling your textbooks.

According to OnCampus research, the average student sells back three books at the end of each semester. Most students sell back to one of three places: their campus bookstore, Amazon, or an online textbook marketplace like Bookbyte. The average student makes about 33 bucks back per book, according to the 2015 research.  We’ve sifted through the data and we’re going to take you through the best strategy for getting the most cash back.

Young, broke, and optimistic

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Why Textbooks are Actually Bargains

Why Textbooks Are Actually BargainsThe following was written by our own Ben Zoon, a talented Bookbyte employee and avid reader.

Ah, the start of the term, when countless shiny new textbooks are traded to college students in exchange for an arm and a leg. Meanwhile, last term’s books are being sold back for what seems like pennies on the dollar (unless you’re selling back to Bookbyte). It’s amazing how frequently textbooks get “updated” to new editions and seem to depreciate overnight. What then happens to all the old editions? They magically transform into some of the greatest bargains of our time!

Many modern college textbooks, especially the popular ones, are true works of art when you think about it. They’re overflowing with helpful pictures, diagrams, and charts. The text is written by some of the brightest educators in the country, whose passion truly shows through in their work. While I did my assigned reading in college, I would often find myself leafing forward a few chapters and marveling at the sheer quantity of blood, sweat, and tears that must have gone into producing it all.

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Bookbyte Contests — The Best Winter Storm Photos #NemoPicsBB

Over the weekend, Winter Storm Nemo smashed into the east coast, dumping over 30 inches of snow on New England. I used to live there, so I know that when those states are canceling classes because of inclement weather, things have gotten real.

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How Much of a Difference Does Renting Textbooks Make?

I’ve been out of college for a few years now, and it amazes me how much things have changed in the short time since I’ve been gone. A lot of things are much tougher. I don’t envy you guys’ tuition hikes. See the chart below from CNN Money:A chart displaying rising tuition rates. Tuition at a four-year private college has increased 60% in 10 years. Tuition at public four-year colleges has increased 104%.

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Barrel Decorating For Charity

Every November, the staff at Bookbyte breaks into groups to compete in a food drive. Each team gets a giant metal barrel and gets a short amount of time to decorate it according to a theme. Then we stuff the decorated barrels with as much food as we can scrounge up and donate it to the Marion-Polk Food Share, a charity that feeds the needy in our community of central Oregon.

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