Software helps college students find best prices for textbooks

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DENVER -- College textbooks are not cheap. That’s not new news. What is news is how some local schools are trying to help ease the costs.

“Textbooks are expensive, so by having additional alternatives they have the option to choose what they want,” said director of Tivoli Station bookstore Michael Clarke.

The Tivoli bookstore serves several Denver colleges and has a new way to shop on the website. It lists the new, used, e-book and rental prices in the store, and also the prices from other websites.

“There will be some cases where our options are going to be the better option, and sometimes the online options may be better,” Clarke said.

It’s bargain hunting, all in one spot.

“I think it’s good because it teaches you to go and look for your own, not just pay the textbook price and be OK with that, but find a price that works better for you,” CU Denver student Sean Ackerman said.

And for one first-generation college student, it has made the process a whole lot easier.

“At first it was stressful,” Metro State University Denver student Jazmine Becerra said. “Nerve-wracking but they show you so many opportunities that they can give you, and that eases the stress.”

And gives you time for more important things.

“You don’t have to go back and forth. I already have so many assignments due," she said.

Colorado State University, which starts classes Monday, offers a similar resource on its website. The University of Colorado is looking into the software and says its bookstore have a lot of options as well.

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