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New Textbook App Wants Students to Scan Barcodes in Stores, Then Buy Elsewhere

A new version of the Direct Textbook mobile app, which allows users to compare textbook prices at hundreds of stores on their mobile device, now comes with a “barcode scanner” that allows students to browse textbooks in a physical store and then find the best price online, a practice otherwise known as “showrooming.” Students can also check prices of a textbook on the app by entering its ISBN number. The app searches 200 bookstores and 10,000 libraries to find the best deal on a new or used version of the textbook.

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