Make money from your old text books



The App

Realising the value tied up in your unwanted textbooks just got a whole lot easier. Fatbrain, the online retailer specialising in buying and reselling student textbooks, launched an innovative new app in May this year with the help of Calvium. This innovative book buyback app enables smartphone users to turn their books into cash with a scan and a tap.

The Fatbrain app, available free to download on iOS and Android, allows the user to scan any book with a barcode, build their own virtual bookshelf and get an instant valuation. Users can then select which books they’d like to sell, choose their preferred delivery option and receive payment via PayPal or Cheque.

  • The app includes the following features:
  • Scan your entire bookshelf
  • Get an instant valuation on each book
  • Valuation held for 7 days
  • Create an account with Facebook, Twitter or email
  • Get notified of special deals and when valuations change
  • Free delivery at your nearest Collect + drop off point
Calvium has done a superb job on the Fatbrain App. There were many parties involved with different elements of the creation of the app and Cavium’s professionalism and good communication skills ensured a smooth build. Their extensive knowledge and expertise in mobile interaction helped inform our design team and improved the finished article. We are extremely pleased with the FatBrain app, which hit impressive download targets and improved sales. We would certainly work with Calvium again.

Pete Trembath, Founder of Fatbrain

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