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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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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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Young, Broke, and Optimistic: Are Twentysomethings Too Confident About Their Finances?

Young, broke, and optimistic

Confidence is great for many a thing. Like when you’re working up the nerve to ask the cute person at the bar to dance, or when you’re about to give a speech to a room of your peers. But overconfidence is best avoided, especially when mixed with ignorance (I’m looking at you, Achilles, and your weak heel). Overconfidence when it comes to your finances? REALLY not good.

LearnVest, a financial planning service, conducted a survey with questions related to how a person’s confidence about their finances affects their saving/spending behavior. In answers from 100,000 users, they found a huge discrepancy in the level of financial confidence between the different age brackets.

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Gender & Books: Who Are You Reading?

girl reading book

Goodreads recently asked the question: What do men and women read when it comes to books?

What is Goodreads, you ask? is a website for users to track, rate, and review the books they read. Users can participate in book club discussions, follow their friends, create “To-Read” book lists, and read reviews from other users. Goodreads took the top stats of 40,000 of their most active readers to see what the sexes are reading. Here’s their collected information in a cool infographic:

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What’s Your Uber Score? How to NOT Be Stood Up by Your Driver

Uber driver

Services like UberX and Lyft have turned out to be a boon for many a person looking for safe transport from a bar at 4 a.m. Or for people needing a ride from the dentist’s office when the effects of nitrous oxide are still wearing off. With their prices often being lower than what a taxi service offers, these driver-finding apps are even more beneficial for students without wheels of their own.

If you’ve never used UberX or Lyft, here’s the basics: Open the app and select your location, then a driver is sent over and you’re texted when he/she arrives. When you get to your location, you hop out (no need to pay cash – the fare is automatically charged to the credit card on file), and you leave feedback on a 1 to 5 scale. The thing is, while you’re rating your driver, your driver is rating you right back.

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Turning the Classroom into a Multiplayer Game


Avatars, guilds, quests, XP — sounds like the newest installment of World of Warcraft, but for a growing number of classrooms it’s just another day at school.

Lee Sheldon, a video-game designer and Game Design teacher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, came up with the idea of “gaming” his lesson plans after becoming bored with the traditional teaching format of: lecture, quiz, grade, repeat. Sheldon knew if he was boring himself, his college students were probably even worse off. That’s when it clicked: he needed to “gamify” the classroom.

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What’s the Worst Final You’ve Ever Taken?


Every once in awhile a final comes around that just plain kicks you in the butt, no matter how long you’ve prepared or hard you’ve studied. Here are the Bookbyte team’s worst finals experiences.


My worst final was my hardest, but not necessarily the one with the lowest grade. One of the projects I had for a Layout class was to design and produce a magazine, with each person in the class in charge of one spread. I elected to be editor of the magazine, and spent many long days in the computer lab making sure that the magazine was taken care of. We went through countless rounds of revisions, and since I was in charge, I had to be there the whole time. I’m pretty sure I had several 12+ hour days, working on it between my classes and my job. I barely remember sleeping. It was such a relief to be done with it at the end of the term! Continue reading “What’s the Worst Final You’ve Ever Taken?”

Should All Tests Be Open Book?

Posted by Reddit user snerro
Posted by Reddit user snerro

A thread on Reddit with the above image kicked off an interesting discussion by teachers and students on the value of memorization in education. As often happens with stuff we find on Reddit, we carried the discussion back into the office, and not all of us were on the same page. Here’s what we thought:

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