We have created a couple of animated videos to illustrate the essence of what Direct Textbook is for new users. They are viewable on our new YouTube Channel.
The first video is a brief overview of how Direct Textbook helps with all your book purchasing needs. It is intended to introduce users to all the services we provide in a simple, clear fashion. This is the video currently shown on our home page.
Probably a video you haven't seen yet, the second video is a fun take on the evolution of book searching. Starting in the dark, distant past, watch how students have approached finding their textbooks for classes. The video follows, with a nursery rhyme style, students up to current day and the improvements of searching with Direct Textbook.
We hope you enjoy both of these. Comme... more »
May 30, 2013 Comments
As if tuition and living expenses weren't enough financial stress for college students, the escalating prices of textbooks can be enough to keep students up at night worrying about how they're going to pay for their educations. Since 1978, the average price of textbooks has increased by 182%, which means the average 4-year college student faces around $5,000 in textbook purchases over the course of earning a degree. Add that in with the estimated $50,000 college education price tag, and it's easy to see why the high price of new textbooks has led many students to seek cheaper alternatives.
E-textbooks and international textbooks – those originally purchased overseas, also known as softcovers – are two such alternatives. But is buying and selling international textbooks and e-textbooks legal?
Recent legal proceedings have confused students, causing many to hesitate to buy or sell used textbooks for fear they might be breaking th... more »
Apr 29, 2013 Comments
Part 3 of this series looks at what you can do to improve your sleep, and in turn have a better quality of life. This final post details exact steps you can take to manage your sleep habits, and how to be on the lookout for actions that may be harmful to your sleep.
How To Improve Sleep
Sleep hygiene is a set of practices you follow to ensure a restful night's sleep and full daytime alertness. When you incorporate proven sleep hygiene practices into your daily life, you can realize the following benefits:
• enhanced concentration
• better memorization ability
• enhanced work and academic performance and productivity
• the ability to meet commitments
• a better mood
• better health
• enhanced emotional health
• a happier, lo... more »
Apr 27, 2013 Comments
In Part 1 of this series it was established that getting a good night's sleep is imperative to health, happiness and personal safety, as well as academic and professional success. Part 2 of this 3-part series details why you might not be getting enough sleep, and how to find out the amount of sleep you need on an individual basis.
What Causes Sleep Deprivation?
Sleep deprivation can be caused by a number of factors, both biological and environmental. Individuals who suffer from a lack of sleep might report any of the following causes, either as lone factors or in combination with other causes:
Cramming for exams, working late on a project, staying up late to watch television, reading in bed, or a hectic schedule can cause you put off sleeping as long as possible.
Diet and medication
A poor diet can lead to sleeplessness, as can eating right before bed. High fat meals ar... more »
Apr 1, 2013 Comments