“We’re very excited to launch this campaign,” said Mr. Jones, Cheap-Textbooks creator. “Kickstarter offers a unique and personal way for us to directly reach fans and education technology more broadly. In this way, it is both a fundraising and awareness campaign platform. Many students do not know there are tools to help lower textbook spending.”
Cheap-Textbooks was created to fill a gap in the Internet textbook market for college students, where options are few, and the needed textbooks are extremely expensive. Based on the need for automated research, Cheap-Textbooks’
The turn to a crowdfunding platform such as Kickstarter is part of a broader trend by tech and media companies to seek funding from non-traditional sources. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects in which backers receive rewards, but not equity, for their support. Since its launch on April 28, 2009, over $1 billion has been pledged through Kickstarter by more than 6.8 million people, funding more than 67,000 creative projects.
Cheap-Textbooks turned to Kickstarter to enable the funding to develop a iPhone and iPad app for portable access to its’ vast database of textbook information. “Imagine sitting is a classroom or bookstore trying to decide what textbooks to buy on a limited budget.” added Jones. “A quick entry of the ISBN or barcode scan will reveal all of a student’s pricing options making the decision to buy, rent or even skip a informed one.” Jones continued “Kickstarter provides us with a way to offer a free app that provides tremendous financial rewards to college students. Our current web based tool and Android app have helped thousands of students but we need a iPhone/iPad app to bring this service to the largest student population.”
To learn more about the project visit the Kickstarter page at: https://www.kickstarter.com/
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