Direct Textbook launches new Android app and mobile site

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Direct Textbook has taken another step toward fulfilling its mission to help college students find the lowest prices on textbooks with the release of its long-awaited Android app and mobile site. The Android app and mobile site feature the same powerful tools found on Direct Textbook's already-popular iPhone app.

The Direct Textbook Android app and mobile site are free to use, and allow students to search for textbooks by title, author, ISBN, keywords and other filters. Search queries are processed through Direct Textbook's extensive textbook database and more than 200 booksellers. Single-page search results also display shipping and handling fees as well as available coupons.

The average college freshman will spend nearly $5,000 on textbooks during the course of earning a four-year degree. Most students overpay by an average of 45 percent. However, a quick search on Direct Textbook could yield up to 90 percent savings on individual titles and add up to an average four-year savings of $2,500.

The move to expand Direct Textbook's mobile accessibility comes in an age when nearly 80 percent of all college students use mobile devices, 68 percent of high school students research colleges on mobile devices and 43 percent browse the web exclusively on mobile devices, according to the 2013 Noel-Levitz E-Expectations Report.

Direct Textbook is committed to helping students combat ever-inflating college textbook prices, so we're incredibly excited about introducing our new Android app and mobile site. Together with our iPhone app and desktop site, they empower students to find the lowest textbook prices on their preferred devices and on their own terms," said Morgan Macarthur, Direct Textbook Chief Technology Officer.

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