Shopping for textbooks will still be painful for your wallet next year, but at least it will be easier. This fall, Blackboard will launch with a feature that lets you buy textbooks from Labyrinth online, at a 30% discount. Once you’ve registered for courses, you’ll be able to see the required and recommended books within Blackboard, pick the ones you like, charge them to your student account, and drop by Labyrinth for the pre-bagged set, making it simpler than ever to be a lazy college student.
Yes, it’s still limited to Labyrinth, and no, it does nothing about the Pequod monopoly, but it will list prices for books in all conditions – not just new. Even better, a Labyrinth representative said the reading lists will be available before the week classes begin, eliminating one of the only remaining inconveniences to shopping around for cheaper books online.