We are pleased to announce a new feature to Textbook Nova that we will be testing out over the next few weeks… comments!
When a visitor has found any book on the site they are now able to use a Disqus plugin that will allow them to comment on that specific book. We can share ideas or thoughts that are relevant to each book because there is a separate comment section for each book! Feel free to use this feature to help others learn more about the book they are looking to purchase. Over the next few weeks we will be monitoring this new feature and we will ultimately make a decision to keep or scrap this feature, based on the user feedback.
In addition to that, the astute visitor may notice that we have re-formatted the book details page. In previous versions of this site the only information provided by the location bar in your browser was the ISBN number… which really doesn’t mean much to the average human-being. If you take a quick glance at your location bar now, you will notice that it also includes the title of the book. This means that users sharing the book details from external websites will be more confident that the book they land on will be the actual book they are expecting.
As always, please feel free to reach out to us on Twitter @textbooknova or Facebook to give us feedback on these new features; and we are always open to hearing your suggestions on how we can make this site better for you!
A new semester is beginning and many students are busy looking for their textbooks and other material to be productive in their classes!
Take a quick look at a report for the amount of traffic Textbook Nova has been seeing this month…
You’ll see here that our traffic has been steadily increasing and that each week the traffic flow has stepped up (Mondays are a very popular day to be searching for textbooks!). This increasing trend can be partially contributed to the very recent launch of the website, but a larger portion is definitely due to this time of the year.
This increase in activity had also brought to our attention an issue with serving the pages on our site. We have already taken a corrective action to resolve this issue and you should not have any problem finding your textbooks. If you notice from the graph at the top, the traffic to Textbook Nova significantly began increasing on August 22nd. As a result a few users may have had an issues accessing our website between 8/22 to 8/24 (today). We have identified and addressed this issue and will continue to monitor the website for problems.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you, and wish the best of luck to you all in the upcoming semester!
We have been hard at work continually improving the algorithms Textbook Nova uses to find your academic materials. You are now able to get faster and more relevant search results using our search function.
You may also notice the textbook details page has improved dramatically. Users are able to vote on how relevant a book is (how closely it matches the terms that were searched) and also specify what type of program that book is used in. What this means is that Textbook Nova can now prioritize results based on how users are saying they actually are using the book. If a book is useful to you (or matches exactly the book you were looking for) then give it a vote of 5 stars to make the book more visible for the next person that is looking for the same textbook. Conversely, if you find a book that is nowhere near what you were looking for give it 1 star to say “I found this book, but it is nowhere near what I needed”.
If you are using a book for a Bachelor’s degree program go ahead and vote to say what you are doing with it. This will help other users be more confident that they have found the book they need when they see that their peers are also finding the same book. Additionally, it will help professors when deciding which book to base a curriculum on. Finally it can help publishers learn about their audience and know where the book is being used.
We hope you make good use of these new features and find the exact academic materials you need to succeed this semester!
We have had some unfortunate set backs but that won’t stop us from helping you find the academic material you need to succeed! You may notice that we have completely revamped the website with a new logo, a new look, and new format for displaying results (images will show in the search results page now!!); but do not worry this is the same site you were familiar with.
We have also been forced to re-think our business strategy and are no longer able to post links to torrents but we are confident that we can still help you find the educational textbooks you are looking for AND at the best prices!
Come see our new site at textbooknova.com and find the textbooks you need for this semester!