bleg: how to bundle a list for students to purchase course books online?
I am not a fan of the TAMU bookstore for many reasons, but the most important is that I have yet to experience a start-of-term where all of my students had the ability to actually purchase the books necessary to complete the required readings.
I am looking for an alternative solution. I wanted to ask the blogosphere if anyone has recommendations on how to bundle a list of books online. Going to Amazon.com, I can create a wishlist, but I don’t want the books for myself and would hate for some student to accidentally purchase them and have them sent to me because they weren’t paying close attention. I thought Amazon would have a feature for this (I certainly cannot the first person that thought of this potential revenue stream), but even talking to someone on the phone there got me no leads.
Of course, if there’s a way I can do this that would support an independent bookstore, I would. My requirement in choosing a service is that the students will get their books quickly at no additional expense than the sum of list prices. Amazon is a nice option as it provides books at a discount and students likely already have accounts there enabling ease of purchase and shipping. I do not want to send the students to more than one web site to make their purchases, and these books are not rare, so should not pose much difficulty in sourcing.