Textbook Innovation


Looking to sell your textbooks or buy discounted books from fellow students? Check out TextTrader.org and sell your books to local students who need them.

TextTrader was created by Sammy Y. (21) as a platform where students can buy and sell their used textbooks directly with other students. It allows the seller to post a photo, price, and description of the condition of the book. The seller has the option to sort by price or city so they know how far they would have to travel to purchase the book.

The site itself is entirely student run and maintained and does not make any money. Anyone who posts a book or wants to purchase a book simply connects with the seller online, meets in person, and pays the seller directly. Like an OfferUp for textbooks. Sammy wanted to create an option that was more mutually beneficial and gave students an alternate choice.

“Book buybacks only benefit the seller. TextTrader is a platform that mutually benefits the buyer and seller: the seller gets to earn back their money while the buyer gets a usable textbook for a fraction of the price. Plus, I believe this a great way to enhance the community at Overlake by bringing together students in different grades,” Sammy said.  

If you’re interested in using TextTrader to sell your books, please visit TextTrader.org or talk to Sammy Y. ('21).