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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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Bookbyte’s five favorite productivity focused sites.

Bookbyte’s five favorite productivity focused sites.

Life on the internet for a student who should be studying is hard. Staring at a blank word document trying to convince yourself you want to write a paper is even harder when online shopping and social media are simply an alt+tab away. Luckily, there are a whole slew of programs, apps and websites designed to make paper writing and studying bearable. Here are the Bookbyte team’s five favorite websites to make you more productive. Continue reading “Bookbyte’s five favorite productivity focused sites.”

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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So you forgot to buy your textbook: 5 ways to cope.

We’ve all been there, sitting in your first class of the semester only to hear your professor say “Due next class is paper on chapter two of the textbook.” The textbook you haven’t bought yet. So what’s a girl to do?
Your first panicked instinct might be to run to your campus bookstore and pay an extraordinarily high price for the book, if your textbook is in stock. If you’re strapped for cash or the bookstore doesn’t have a copy available, it’s time to panic. Or at least it would be, if you didn’t have access to this list of 5 ways to deal with a missing textbook.

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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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Flashback Photos of Halloween Costumes Past

‘Tis the season for spooky stories, pumpkin-flavored everything, and sitting in front of the glowing screen of your TV while you stream scary movies on Netflix. It’s also time to start planning your Halloween costume! Before you start venturing into the jungle of Spirit Halloween stores and the frightening “sexified” versions of your favorite childhood characters, why not take a trip down memory lane?

In the spirit of our Costumes of Halloween Past Contest, our Marketing team waxes nostalgic about some of our favorite Halloween costume photos (or the photos we could find in the tubs of our parent’s attics).

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10 Awesome Things You Can Do With Ramen

Imagine it: you come back to your room, starved after a long day of classes. You have a new pile of homework to complete and you just want to collapse into the scratchy Twin-XL sheets of your small bed. But before you can do that, you need sustenance. A hearty meal, a dish that will really hit the spot — a steaming foam container of instant noodles.

Actually, that’s probably not the meal you’re dreaming about at the end of the day. In fact, if it’s the third week in a row of having the same “dinner” for you, it’s probably the last thing you want to see in your one clean bowl at the end of the night.

Never fear — creative, frustrated, and hungry humans just like yourself have found some pretty ingenious ways to make the hot-water-dried-noodle combo palatable again. Browse below for 10 insanely cool ways to make instant ramen even more delicious. And remember: there’s no wrong way to eat ramen!


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5 Best Back-to-Class Apps to Boost Your GPA

5 Best Apps to Boost Your GPAIt’s that time of year again — time to hang up your swimsuits and hiking boots and pack away the suitcases and video games and head back to class. But whether it’s your first year of college or you’re returning as big man/woman on campus, everyone can use a little academic help to start them (and their GPAs) off on the right foot. Besides a Dictionary app and Google Drive, here are five must-have apps you can download to prepare yourself for A+s all semester long.

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DIY Dorm Décor to Make Your Room Your Own

DIY Dorm Decor

Moving into a new dorm room? Bet you’re excited to make it just like the lookbook from an Urban Outfitters catalog. The only problem? The same problem that has plagued college students since the birth of Top Ramen: MONEY.

So how to get it to look the way you’ve been dreaming and madly pinning without robbing a bank? We’ve scoured the web to find you the the cheapest and easiest do-it-yourself dorm decorating ideas. Read on to earn your degree in DIY!

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College Dorm Packing List – The Basics

Moving away to college is a scary, yet exciting time! Starting a new chapter in new surroundings allows you to come into a space with a fresh perspective that can help you flourish. Saying goodbye to your family and friends is never easy, but experiencing college in a place that’s your very own truly is a treasure. Because we know this can be a stressful time in any student’s life, (and shopping for cute dresses for a new fall wardrobe is stressful enough!) we’ve composed a list of essentials for any student about to move into a dorm room. While you may not know your roommate, location of classes, or even your major, packing for dorm life doesn’t have to be complicated!

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