Online Bookstores are Becoming More Social

bookstoreThe online bookstore business is booming due partly to the educational reforms being implemented recently especially with open textbook project. With many textbooks starting to be converted digitally the ways by which they are sold also changes.

This is the same concept we offer here at CourseEasy. We aim to provide college bookstores the tools to make their bookstore from “two-day relevance to all year round”. The entire system is likened to a social network where students can create an account and collaborate with their fellow students as well as teachers. Students are also given the chance to manage and keep record of their GPA and have built-in calculator that allows them to check if they’re meeting their academic goals.

Other tools such as personal bookshelf and Notes, and Semester Calendar are some of the really cool tools that students can use in order to better manage their school work.

If there’s one thing that’s lacking in present-day educational system, active collaboration is missing. Students need to be able to connect with other students so that they can make full sense of what they are studying. Group study is an effective way to learn and better understand complicated concepts in any field.

CourseEasy’s social network interface makes more attractive for students to use the tool because they find the features familiar. And the fact that its familiar it will easily attract users leading to a successful learning ecosystem.

Now bookstores doesn’t have to be irrelevant after back-to-school season. Now schools can improve the relevance of their college bookstore by allowing student to collaborate in a learning community and help them manage their learning tasks and intensify their learning potential and help them achieve more while studying.

All these technology are based on cloud computing and it’s a way to move forward in terms of improving the shape of our educational institutions today. Talk to us to know more about CourseEasy’s proprietary online bookstore system.

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Features that Make Online Bookstores as Social Networking Sites Stand Out

japanese manga storeOnline bookstores can opt to function as social networking sites at the same time. Here are features that will make those more helpful and ideal to student learning.

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.

Messaging features

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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