Book selling website can save students money

Taylor Harrison

Students who are disappointed with the prices offered at the WKU Store or Amazon to buy back their books have another option. And students who need to purchase books for the coming semester have the potential to spend less money. gives students at WKU a chance to sell books to and buy them from other students on campus. Students can post the information about the book they want to sell, and others can contact them to purchase the book.

Phillip Kravtsov, CFO of, is a sophomore at Rutgers University. Kravtsov, along with his business partner who goes to the University of California, Los Angeles, developed the website. The website has been going for eight months and was launched in Kentucky less than a month ago, Kravtsov said.

“We’re all college students who made this,” Kravtsov said.

Students can select WKU as their school, and they will only buy and sell with other WKU students.

He said they created the website because they had a problem and wanted to fix it.

“I paid $1,000 for my textbooks in the beginning of the year, and then when I finished my semester, the bookstore wanted to give me $300 and Amazon wanted to give me $330,” Kravtsov said. “So we thought to ourselves, ‘Let’s change the world just a little bit.'”

Kravtsov said he and his business partner were getting frustrated with expensive book prices so they wondered if other students were going through the same thing.

“We did this out of pure anger, believe it or not,” Kravtsov said.

One goal for the website is to save people money. Kravtsov said on the website students can sell the book for more than they’d get at the buy-back programs, and others can get a cheaper book than a campus bookstore would charge.

Students have different options when it comes to paying, he said. They can either meet on campus and pay cash or use their credit card and ship the book.

Even though students can utilize the website, it isn’t necessarily geared toward students —anyone can use it, and it is absolutely free.

“We would never charge you anything for buying or selling your books,” Kravtsov said. “That’s insanity. That would go against all our ethics of why we created this.”