Attending college comes with a lot of expenses. Even with a scholarship, the cost of food, housing, and text books adds up. I remember having to purchase text books at $100 a pop – a lot for a book I would only use for 6 months. (A lot for any book, really.) I considered myself lucky if I was able to find a used book in decent condition, but even those were at least $70.
With MatchBooks, there’s a great way to get matched textbooks for free. What is a “matched” textbook? Essentially MatchBook takes textbooks that are assigned for certain introductory college courses, then creates a “matched” textbook using content from another textbook, following the same order of topics. It’s not a free copy of the assigned textbook, but is more like another resource of information that follows the same chapter order and key terms of the assigned textbook .
The first free, online MatchBook is a MatchBook for “Psychology” Myers 9th edition. To create the MatchBook for Myers Psych, the MatchBook team used “Introduction to Psychology” by Charles Stangor and rearranged the contents of the book to match the order in the Myers Psych book. The best part is that students can read the online MatchBook for Myers Psych online, for FREE, without any fees or expiration date.
MatchBooks is a great way for those who have tight budgets or are unable to afford the assigned textbooks to still obtain the critical information they need for their introductory college classes. Even if you can afford the assigned textbooks, MatchBooks could be a great supplemental study resource for those who need a little more explanation. Plus, since it’s available online, you can access it anywhere you have internet access and you won’t need to tote a heavy book across campus.
What do you think about the MatchBooks concept? Would you use a MatchBook for your studies?