Bookbyte was founded back in 1999. With more than a decade and a half of experience in the online book industry, they are well established and have a solid reputation. What started as an incredibly small company around the turn of the century has grown into a large business devoted to helping students everywhere.
Based out of Salem, Oregon, Bookbyte focuses on textbooks. Whether you’re looking to rent, sell, or buy a textbook, they are an excellent option. They offer thousands of titles and 28 categories of books. As is evident on their company website, Bookbyte truly has the aim to help students maximize from their textbook experience. They offer information about prime times to sell your books back, how to tell what your textbook would be worth, and more.
Aside from helping students find affordable options, they also work with the Rotary Books around the World organization to build literacy in South Africa, Thailand, Belize, and Uganda. Indeed, Bookbyte is not only well established; they have appealing motives.
This company does a lot of things well.
For starters, the fact that they specialize in the textbook industry makes them an appealing option for a lot of students. Rather than spreading their efforts across all types of books, Bookbyte has decided to focus just on the books students need most-textbooks. Not only that; they specialize in bringing down the prices of these books and helping students save some money by selling them back.
The fact that Bookbyte offers the option to sell back your textbook is another perk they provide. There is a 10% loyalty amount for customers who sell the textbook they bought from Bookbyte to the company. They also allow you to sell back your books in store or online-whichever is more convenient for you.
What sets Bookbyte apart, however, are the following features:
Despite the many positive aspects of Bookbyte, the company does have its limitations. Depending on the customer, these "limitations" could really be red flags or deal breakers too.
First up is the fact that this company really only handles textbooks. Now, for many customers-particularly students-this is a very appealing quality and makes the company an expert in just the area those customers need. But for customers who need a site that offers any type of book, Bookbyte isn't a great resource. In this vein, Bookbyte has limited their customer base and made themselves a somewhat narrow option.
Bookbyte can be limiting in a few other ways as well:
I sold bookbyte.com three text books that were all in excellent condition. They paid me for two of them, but stated that the third book was damaged and not salable, and that they would recycle it. I emailed them and requested that they return my book and that I would pay for return shipping, but they refuse to respond. This is what they do; lie and tell you your perfectly good book was received damaged and that they will recycle it, refuse to return it to you, then turnaround and resell it for a profit at your loss. Do not, I repeat, do not deal with this company. They are a scam and will rip you off. Run away as fast as you can. Deal with a reputable site, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble, whom will return your books if they decide not to buy them, and the shipping is free.This company sucks!