26 Jan

ND student creates digital textbook marketplace

first_imgRyan Wigglesworth Sophomore Ryan Wigglesworth collected data on whether students would be willing to buy and sell textbooks prior to launching his service.Wigglesworth realized through the launch that quite a few students were willing to sell their textbooks but don’t simply because there isn’t an efficient method to do so.“You can sell back to Amazon … or you can sell back to the bookstore,” Wigglesworth said. “But the value isn’t great for people, and they would rather see if they could sell to a friend. They feel better about it, and they get a better price.”Wigglesworth believes that the bookstore’s advantage lies in the fact that “it’s easy, and that’s what people like.” He aims to make his service even easier by making it local, with different branches on different campuses.Novitch said he would use the service again not only because it earned him a little extra money, but because he could feel good about the fate of a retired schoolbook.“I hadn’t really thought about what I was going to do with it,” he said. “I just figured somebody else would have more use for it than I did.”Tags: Hammes Bookstore, startup, textbooks Sophomore Jacob Novitch had a problem he didn’t know what to do with: his almost brand-new copy of “Theological Foundations for Environmental Ethics.”“I had gotten this book last semester, and I was unable to rent it,” Novitch said. “I just kind of had it, and I didn’t need it anymore.”While the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore offers a renting option for some textbooks, many students find themselves stuck with a textbook they no longer need after the semester finishes.Novitch’s close friend and roommate, sophomore Ryan Wigglesworth, recently started a project creating an on-campus network for buying and selling textbooks. Wigglesworth said the idea was inspired by his own frustrations with buying textbooks.“Last winter break, when I was at home with my parents, we were looking for ways to save money,” he said. “They wanted me to sell my textbooks on an ND mobile service.”Wigglesworth created a survey that canvassed students across the country and received 160 responses, about half from Notre Dame and half from other schools.“I figured if I had this problem then other people probably would, too,” Wigglesworth said.Wigglesworth said his survey showed that people spend an average of around $520 a year on their textbooks. In fact, the average cost of books per year at a private four-year university is $1,240, according to research from the College Board. The University of Notre Dame factors a slightly lower $1,050 into its 2019-2020 cost of attendance.“I learned that there’s kind of a huge need for it. About half the people who responded have tried to sell textbooks, but only half of those actually succeed,” he said. “I figured I could maybe make this more efficient.”With money from the IDEA Center, Wigglesworth created a prototype version of this service, called BookSwap.“Basically, anyone can go on and post their books, and then if somebody else wants to buy it, they can buy it off the site,” he said. “It’s kind of like Craigslist for college.”Wigglesworth launched the service this past fall semester to some success.“I had about 50 postings up there, and five people were able to make sales,” he said, including Novitch, who parted ways with his theology textbook recently.last_img read more

18 Nov

Istria County Tourism Commission: After protection measures for hotels and camps, in the development of those for nautical, private accommodation and travel agencies

first_imgAt the very beginning, the acting prefect and president of the Commission, Fabrizio Radin, emphasized that the National Civil Protection Headquarters was asked about the opening of borders, ie the date and conditions of possible opening of Croatian borders to other European countries.  After protection measures for hotels and camps, in the development of those for nautical, private accommodation and travel agencies “Since the beginning of the epidemic, we have had 87 COVID-19 positive people, and as you may have heard, a few days ago the last patient in Istria County was cured, that is, he was discharged from the Pula General Hospital. As of Thursday, we have no more positive people in Istria County. At the moment, we have about 1300 people in self-isolation, of which about 200 have received contacts from positive people, while others have received an epidemiological measure of self-isolation due to crossing the border.”, Said Dr. Stojanović. The session was also attended by the director of the Institute of Public Health of the Istrian County, Dr. Aleksandar Stojanović, who commented on the epidemiological situation in Istria, as well as on proposals for protection measures for camps and hotels.  At the 2nd session of the Istria County Tourism Commission, held today in full composition through a conference call, there was talk about the epidemiological situation in Istria and future activities after the opening of borders, as well as expectations for the tourist year 2020. Regarding the expectations from the tourist year, it was emphasized that everything depends on the date of opening the borders of both Croatia and the emitting markets, ie Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Furthermore, from Monday, May 11, it will be possible to start operating hotels and camps with all its facilities, which will open gradually, depending on the opening of state borders, ie market demand.center_img It was agreed at the session that a proposal of measures for nautical tourism, private accommodation and travel agencies will be drafted by next week, in cooperation with the mentioned sectors and ZZJZIŽ. Photo: Istria Premium Camping Resort “We have received the answer that the topic of the possible opening of internal borders within the EU will be on the table of tomorrow’s summit, which will be held in Brussels. The meeting should define guidelines and indicative opening dates for borders. “, informed the members of the Commission the prefect Radin.  Regarding the proposed protection measures and operational procedures composed of the Croatian Camping Association and the Croatian Association of Entrepreneurs in Tourism, Dr. Stojanović said that they are professionally based and mostly cover potential risks. The measures will be presented after coordination with the National Headquarters and the Ministry of Tourism. last_img read more