LocAZu uses the iPhone to save students some money on textbooks

by Liam Britten | Technology

As a post-secondary student, is there any more aggravating time in the year than the day you have to buy textbooks? You wait in the bookstore line-up for hours to be gouged at the till paying for the “new, revised edition” of a textbook that probably underwent all of three changes since the last edition. I’ve been there more times than I can count, and I’m sure many Techvibes readers have been too.

However, students with an iPhone might just get through the experience with more ease than most. A new free app called the LocAZu Textbook Finder can find you the best deals on your textbooks just by scanning the book’s barcode.

LocAZu, based in Vancouver, is a Canadian student network that works to save money and put on events for students. As of this writing, they’ve saved students almost $4 million on books and tutoring, and this app is the next step in their efforts. The app searches not only university bookstores, but mainstream booksellers like Chapters and Barnes and Noble as well as used booksellers, both used book businesses and students who just want to sell their old books for some quick cash.

200 million books and over 50,000 booksellers are listed on the app. It has features that allow you to send messages to sellers, and set up a wish list that will notify you when your book becomes available, or come into your price range.

To check out the LocAZu app, visit the iPhone App Store here.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

locazU launched at the end of March 2009 at 7 universities & colleges in BC and at 14 universities in Ontario in June. Since that time, the locaz have been working hard to get the word out about the site and the books the students list. The idea has always been to help students save money, and to offer them a straightforward and easy to use service. In late October of 2009 locazU went national... more

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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