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    • Grilled Books
      • GrilledBooks is an initiative started by two university students in an effort to help students afford textbooks for college.
      • It’s an interactive website that allows students and professors to post books to trade or sell.
      • The site was started as a UConn Senior design project by Computer Science Engineering major Denis Ivanov. His partner in development is CSE major, Junior Tom Farnham.
      • The project is 6 months in the making and should take another six months before the site goes live.
      • The address is GrilledBooks.com
      What it is:
    • Grilled Books search results with course title:
    • What it’s about:
      • The site was started when a disgruntled Ivanov was unhappy with the current options to buy and sell books.
      • His objective was to alleviate the cost of attending college and make finding cheaper books as easy as possible.
      • “ W h en you think about it, it makes perfect sense. We all take the same courses; the books are the same,” said Ivanov
    • University Options:
      • The university options are what Ivanov is not happy with.
      • UConn, as well as other colleges and universities in the area are offering:
        • Textbook buy backs
        • eTextbooks
        • Textbook renting
        • and offering used textbooks at lowered prices
    • Why university options aren’t good enough for some:
      • “ I’ve actually gone halvsies with another student for a textbook and we share because it was upwards of $200, so I think it’d be worth checking out,” said UConn Psychology major Damien Cusanelli.
      • “ S t arting my first semester, I bought a book that cost me $225. I saw then that UConn was double-dipping in my pockets between tuition and textbooks,” said GriledBooks co-creator Tom Farnham.
      • “ T h e most expensive textbook I had to purchase was $170 and I only got 65% of that when I sold it back to the bookstore. And I haven’t even heard of textbook renting at this branch, ” said UConn History major Greg Corbu.
    • Options outside of UConn:
      • The site will start off as being geo-bound to a particular campus and the Beta version will be specifically for UConn students.
      • Ivanov, however, hopes to connect with other universities in the area and, with time, potentially universities worldwide.
      • Including other colleges and universities would involve electronically crawling the course listing and bookstores of the school and the site would update itself on its own to include new titles.
    • How it works:
      • The design and interaction of the site are simple.
      • The user enters the course code, or course title, or the textbooks ISBN number to see if anyone on the site is willing to trade or sell.
      • The user can also post their own book codes to show what they no longer need and are willing to give away/sell/trade/
      • The option to enter textbook information via one’s iPhone or Android and receive a text message in return with the availability of the text is currently in development.
    • Grilled Books search results with ISBN number:
    • The nature of the site:
      • The site won’t have banners or ads.
      • The goal of the site is to helps students share, not sell or make a profit.
      • GrilledBooks.com focuses on extremely simple function to optimize ease of use. Basically, the fewer clicks to one’s destination, the better.
    • Opportunity for Feedback:
    • Site Connectivity:
      • Much like the rest of the open-source web development community, GrilledBooks relies on feedback from users to check on issues and work on improvements for the site.
      • The point of the site is to bypass the co-op and the university and have students and professors working interactively with one another.
    • Android Capability:
    • Emphasis on Technology:
      • Another goal is to utilize technology to the best of their ability. Ivanov and Farnham have made the site smart phone friendly.
      • Each textbook has a unique ISBN number and a unique barcode.
      • Each barcode, when broken down into a readable form, is translated into the unique ISBN number.
      • On the Android phone, there is a built-in scanner than scans the barcode and identifies the unique ISBN number.
      • GrilledBooks has an application that detects this information from the user’s phone, take the information and crawls the site electronically to see if the title is available on the site.
      • The following slides demonstrate.
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    • Future of GrilledBooks.com:
      • There is no official launch date, but the site is anticipated to go live mid-May of 2011.
      • The site will not, however, be “finished” as the nature of the project is to be under constant construction and development.
      • Ivanov can be reached for further information at [email_address]
    • Contact List:
      • Greg Corbu
      • Phone: 860-478-0425
      • E-mail: gregory.corbu@huskymail.uconn.edu
      • Damien Cusanelli
      • Phone: 860-335-5473
      • E-mail: [email_address]
      • Tom Farnham
      • Phone: 860-716-0080
      • E-mail: [email_address]
      • Denis Ivanov
      • Phone: 860-874-4357
      • E-mail: visible@jumh4x.net