Online bookstores should also serve as social media portals these days. Most of those bookshops are trying to beat and outpace competitors so they have to come out with strategies to entice students. Because social networking is popular among students, why not use it to boost sales of online bookstores?
Social networking can be integrated into online bookstores. By doing so, Internet-based bookstores can better serve the students, who on the other hand can use the portal as another tool that aids their learning. Here are the important features that stand out.
Online bookstores that function as social networks at the same time must have helpful messaging features. These can range from emails, to forums, to instant chats. Students can very well exchange knowledge and information through these features. They can exchange notes and share their learning techniques.
Instant messaging can facilitate better socialization and interaction. It is because students can instantly and immediately respond to what other students are saying. It will be like conversing with them but only virtually. This way, the interaction can serve less as a distraction. Students can still study or read their lessons while chatting, which is in line with the discussion of the textbook. This online bookstore feature is something that is also fully integrated in CourseEasy.
Tracking book purchases
Some students may prefer to interact with other students from outside their community or from other schools. Doing so may be advantageous because they can possibly learn more from them. In typical social networks, it may be harder to do so because there are millions of users worldwide and there can be more posers.
In online bookstores, there can be less or no social network poser at all. Students can be sure other users are also students who purchase textbooks from the online bookstore. They can make new friends or meet other students through checking out and tracking users’ textbook purchases. This way, they can identify other students who also bought and used the same textbooks they use. That can be a good start for conversations and interactions.
Selling and buying textbooks
Of course, online bookstores sell and even buy textbooks. As social networks, they also facilitate selling and buying of books among students. Some books can be so rare and almost obsolete, it may already be impossible to find and buy them even online. But other students may have copies of those that they do not use anymore. Thus, other students can just offer to buy those textbooks.
Online bookstores serving as social networks can also facilitate trading or exchanging of textbooks among themselves. They can agree to trade their old textbooks for books they need this semester. This type of activity can be facilitated by CourseEasy and it makes it even easier than ever to trade, swap, or buy textbooks online as well as track students’ performance in school.
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