UCL News


Books for sale

23 May 2006

Enterprising UCL medical student Nasrin Hafezparast has set up a web business to enable students to buy and sell text books.

Eunibooks acts as a virtual market place for students, but without any of the fees normally associated with buying or selling second-hand books online.

Nasrin graduated from UCL with a Computer Science degree in 2004, before beginning her medical studies in 2005. "During my first degree, I experienced buying and selling books through websites such as Amazon and Ebay. However, after paying the fees they charge and almost double in postage and packing I was left with very little money at the end of it all. This is what inspired me to set up an online service to allow students to buy and sell second-hand text books for free" explained Nasrin.

Eunibooks, which was set up 12 months ago, is already proving to be popular, with around 1,000 registered members and over 3,000 text books for sale. Nasrin now plans to open the service up to bookshops but is adamant their prices will still be lower than that of her competitors: "The majority of online bookshops charge sellers a percentage of the price of the book sold but eunibooks is a completely free service, with the average textbook on sale for under £15."

The site enables the user to either search by author, title or keyword, or simply browse by subject. Additional features include a section where users can list books they require and an email alert service which notifies prospective buyers when a desired book is available.

To find out more about the eunibooks, use the link at the bottom of this article.