Graduates are leaving university with an average debt of £13,252, but now students are to benefit from a new Web site that enables them to reduce their debt by buying and selling used academic books.
Developed by Sell Student books.com, the site enables graduates to make money by selling their used books to hard-up students, who, in turn, benefit from substantial savings when buying the books.
Michael Cattell, 18, is a first-year history student at the University of Liverpool, and one of the first people to pilot the Web site. "University course books were costing me a fortune," he said.
"By using this new Web site I've been able to save more than half the cover price of many of my books. It's a great idea and I've found the site really easy to use."
But the financial gains are not the only reason for students to make use of the site. Graduates will also be able to help the environment by reducing the demand for new books to be printed.
"Sell Student Books.com is the first commercial Web site to give graduates and students the opportunity to buy and sell used academic books," said the company's founder, Mark Fraser.
"Easy-to-use and secure, the site enables graduates to reduce their debt and de-clutter by selling unwanted academic books - while hard-up students can buy course books at a fraction of their original price."
Sell Student Books.com has a database of 700,000 books covering every college and university course in the UK.
Notes to editors
Sell Student Books.com the first commercial Web site linked to innovative mobile phone ISBN search technology to specialise in giving past and present students the opportunity to buy and sell used academic books. www.sellstudentbooks.com
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