Bookbyte was founded as an online textbook retailer in 1999, operating out of a closet in the founder’s house in Salem, Oregon. Initially, the company used to provide used textbooks at a fraction of the cost to students in colleges and universities. The idea was to make textbooks accessible to every student in the nation. The business had a good start and was soon moved to a garage and then to increasingly larger and larger warehouses. Within a few years, the business was expanded and Bookbyte started renting books and selling textbooks for cash. The business continued to grow, and the company began offering 10 percent cash back on the return of all textbook rentals. Over the years, Bookbyte has established itself as one the leading used textbook retailers on the west coast. The company was ranked 79th on the Private 150 Oregon companies list for 2014 by Oregon Business magazine.
Bookbyte was founded with a mission to help students lower the cost their studies. The company still works towards the same mission and constantly looks for new ways to make life easier for the students by helping them to buy and rent textbooks for less and also to sell books for more. Bookbyte has come a long way to become one of the largest retailers of used textbooks, but has kept its original values. The company still operates as a family owned business and maintains a commitment to supporting noble causes. At the root of Bookbyte’s values is a strong belief that “every student deserves the same educational opportunities.” The company has formed a partnership with Rotary Books for the World to donate textbooks to underprivileged communities in different parts of the world. A number of schools and educational institutions donate textbooks to Bookbyte, which in turn enable the company to contribute books regularly to international communities.
What makes Bookbyte unique?
Bookbyte has made textbooks cheaper and more easily accessible to underprivileged students around the world. The company allows college and university students to buy and rent used textbooks at the lowest possible price, and offers the highest buyback prices to students selling their books. On an average buying a textbook from Bookbyte enables a student to save around 65 percent on the original price, while renting a book allows them get a whopping 87 percent discount on the initial listed price. Bookbyte also offers 10 percent cash back on the return of all textbook rentals, and fulfills its social responsibility by contributing textbooks to a number of international communities.