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Direct Textbook Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is Direct Textbook?

Direct Textbook is a free service that has helped more than 20 million students, parents, and educators buy, sell, and rent textbooks at the best possible prices. Direct Textbook features one of the world's most robust book search engines. In addition to its own book database, Direct Textbook returns search results from more than 200 major book databases, including those maintained by Amazon.com, Abe Books, Alibris, and Ebay. The search engine also returns results from WorldCat, a comprehensive database that features listings from more than 10,000 libraries.
Learn more about Direct Textbook.


Do you have any statistics about the textbook industry?

Read our media page for college and textbooks statistics, media coverage, and more.


Does Direct Textbook sell, buy, or rent textbooks?

No. Direct Textbooks allows you to instantly compare prices from multiple textbook vendors and also redeem coupons so you can buy, sell, and rent textbooks at the best prices.


Is Direct Textbook safe? Are your vendors safe?

Yes. Since 2002, Direct Textbook has helped more than 20 million students, parents and educators buy, sell, and rent textbooks from the web's most reputable textbook vendors. Read independent third-party reviews of Direct Textbook.


Can I search for books by class/course?

Yes. See a list of college and universities that have registered course requirements with Direct Textbook here. If you don't see your class, simply search for your textbook by title, author, ISBN, and more.


Can I get current textbook prices from Direct Textbook on my iPhone?

Yes. Download the Direct Textbook iPhone app.


How about Twitter?

Yes. Learn how to find cheap textbooks on your phone via Twitter.


Can I link to Direct Textbook?

Yes. You can link to Direct Textbook price comparisons using the code snippets found here. Choose either a text link or search box to display on your website, and help your audience find the cheapest textbook prices!


Can I display Direct Textbook pricing in a widget/table on my website?

Yes. You can use these code snippets to add Direct Textbook pricing widgets to your website. The widgets are available in three different sizes and are totally customizable to match your site's style.


What is the Direct Textbook Essay Scholarship Contest?

Direct Textbook awards one scholarship annually to the author of a winning essay entry. Get details here.


What is the Direct Textbook Haiku Scholarship Contest?

Direct Textbook awards up to six scholarships annually for winning haiku entries. Get details here.


What is the Direct Textbook Photo Essay Scholarship Contest?

Direct Textbook awards up to six scholarships annually for winning photo essay entries. Get details here.


Do you have a developer API?

Yes. Learn more about the Direct Textbook XML API here.


What is My DT?

My DT is a free service that gives you access to a robust suite of programs designed to save you money and make your search for the lowest-priced textbooks more efficient. Sign up for My DT to enroll in the Direct Textbook Cash Back Program, save Booklists, and receive exclusive coupons and deals.


What are Booklists?

Booklists let you save a list of the books you own, books you have read and want to read, books you need for your classes, and books you want to receive as gifts. You can annotate your Booklist with notes for each individual book. It's a one-stop organizer for all your reading and learning material.


How do I create a Booklist?

Search for your book on Direct Textbook, then click Add to Booklist.


What is the Direct Textbook Cash Back Program?

The Direct Textbook Cash Back Program lets you earn up to 10 percent cash back on textbook purchases from selected booksellers. The DT Cash Back Program also allows you to earn cash rewards for referring friends, completing surveys, and more. Get full program details here.


What are price alerts?

Price alerts automatically email you a notification whenever a textbook drops to a new low price. To sign up for a price alert, search for your book on Direct Textbook, then click Get price alert.


What are in stock alerts?

If a textbook you've searched for is currently out of stock, you can sign up for stock alerts to be instantly notified when it becomes available. Search for your book on Direct Textbook, then click Get in stock alert.


What programs do you have for campus bookstores?

Direct Textbook offers two exciting ways for your campus bookstore to make more money online: Campus Link and Campus Advantage. Campus Link is a free widget that lets your customers search for online textbooks on Direct Textbook. Campus Advantage embeds the comparison search right on your website. You'll earn a commission when customers make online purchases. Make money easy no overhead or fulfillment hassles! Learn more.


How can my student group earn money with Direct Textbook?

The Campus Link program makes it easy to make money for your group, simply by directing visitors from your website or social media pages to Direct Textbook.
With commissions up to 10%, and the average student spending over $400.00 on textbooks, your club can make $500.00 by only referring 10-15 students. Learn More and Sign up.


I still have questions!

Many more service-specific questions are listed on our Buy, Sell, Rent, and Ebook pages. If you still have questions, no worries simply let us know and we'll be happy to help!



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