How the Internet Makes My Life as a Homeschooling Mother Embarassingly Easy: Book Buying, part II

(NOTE: Even if you don’t homeschool, if you buy books off the internet at all, READ THIS! It will save you time and money.)

Last year, when we bought our laptop, David and I switched to Firefox as a browser. We were a bit late to the party, I know. All the cool people were already using it. But we jumped on the bandwagon.

The feature that I love most about Firefox is a little tool called “Book Burro.” Whenever I need to price a book, I go to the amazon page for that title. As soon as I click on the particular book I’m considering, Firefox puts up a little drop-down menu in the top left-hand corner of my screen.

When I click on that menu, I see prices for that same book at five other internet bookstores, as well as area libraries that have the book in circulation.

Yes, what I just said is true. On one screen, I see all that information. Oh happy, happy day.

The one thing I’d change about book burro is that I’d make it so the buyer can put in the bookstores they frequent (Rainbow Resource doesn’t pop up, for example, so I still need to go to their site to check prices). But still, the amount of time this has saved in my life is pretty substantial.

FYI, more often than not, Amazon does not have the best price.

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