Tech Tuesday: UF students develop textbook buy/sell app

Published: Dec. 3, 2019 at 6:21 PM EST
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Going off to college can be a tough transition for some low-income students in Gainesville.

A group of University of Florida students has developed a unique app to buy and sell cheap textbooks on campus.

"I just thought to myself, there has to be an easier way to be able to facilitate this transaction and have to spend almost like over a thousand dollars each year," BookMark'd CEO Sharod Farmer said.

Farmer also says he realized he was not the only student struggling to pay for books.

"There's definitely moments where I had to think about do I wanna pay for this textbook, or what am I gonna do to save money on rent?" UF Student Irfan Kovanaya said.

Chief Marketing Officer Dana Daley says the app is more secure than buying books on social media pages since the company holds the payment until the buyer and seller meet up.

"A code is sent to the students' phone who wanted to buy the book and then they enter the code back into the website so that we release the payment to the seller," she said.

Although Farmer and Daley started developing the app seven months ago, they say they have big hopes.

"It starts with just a textbook but eventually we can make the cost of attendance a lot lower that way we have even more people to come to college," Farmer said.

Bookmark'd is set to launch January 2020.