Unibookworm Lite: Written & Video iPhone App Review
Buy books cheaply, sell books you no longer need, or swap books with other students-that is the main idea of Unibookworm Lite! Released from UK-developer Tapped, this free app (also with a paid version without ads) is available now on iTunes.
Unibookworm Lite is an app focused on the college textbook buy/sell/swap market. If you have ever been through the uni, then you will know just how much of a pain it is to try and find the best prices for textbooks. A simple rule of the thumb is as follows: the most expensive place to purchase will be college bookstore on campus, middle ground is websites like Half.com and eBay, while the cheapest way is to buy from friends and classmates. Of course, getting a buddy to loan you a book is often the most affordable (provided you don’t lose it!). Unibookworm takes these concepts and allows you to buy, sell, and swap books through one convenient app. This app is focused on UK universities, so bear that in mind when using it. You can list your books, with a helpful ISBN lookup and camera photo feature also included. If you don’t see the book you need, you can also list it in the ‘Wanted’ section of the app. Payments are not supported through the app, but the developer’s recommend you use the popular Barclay’s Pingit service to do so. Overall, it’s a neat service with a lot of good book recycling (be it through selling or swapping) options.
Unibookworm Lite looks decent on iOS. It features a somewhat simple, soft, textbook or notebook style design. The buttons are at times a little obscure in their actual meaning (not labeled, just sporting a unique image purportedly related to their function). All the tabs responded quickly to the touch and while it does take a little tapping around to figure out what everything means, it’s not too difficult from the start, thanks to the full users guide linked on the app. You will need to register to use Unibookworm, with an email and a password you create.
Honestly, we could do with more book reselling options. Sure, there is Half.com and eBay, Amazon and Craigslist-but competition is the key and Unibookworm offers a much needed service. It helps make book sales more relevant to the college community and could be a really powerful tool. Unfortunately, Unibookworm lacks one sorely needed aspect to function – users, and lots of them. Hopefully, more people will adopt this app and thus make it more useful! All it would take is one or two universities to recommend it as a more personalized way to sell/buy college textbooks.
Unibookworm Lite iPhone app requires iOS 5.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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