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BookX Adds To MIT411’s Competition

By Kelley Rivoire
EDITOR IN CHIEF

A used textbook exchange Web site launched last night on the heels of two recent others. Like MIT412 (http://mit412.com/) and CampusBeacon (http://campusbeacon.com/), the new BookX (http://bookx.mit.edu/) was developed when MIT411 (http://www.mit411.com/) disappeared this summer.

Aston R. Motes ’07, one of BookX’s creators, said the site was made to fill the void left by MIT411. Motes said they think “that we can do a better job simplifying the whole buy/sell process” than rival MIT412. They were not initially aware of CampusBeacon. “We’re trying to take the Google approach when everyone else is doing the Yahoo!” Motes said.

Unlike the other sites, BookX will focus solely on textbook sales, and does not plan to add features such as restaurant listings, Motes said. Also different from the other sites, BookX will use MIT certificates, rather than require sellers to create profiles.

The name is similar to that of the service called the book exchange, or “bookex,” offered by the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. APO Book Exchange Chair Kelsey J. Byers ’07 said she welcomes additional services like BookX, but worries that people will confuse the two. APO has offered a live book exchange, at which sellers drop off books for buyers to peruse, for the past 35 years.

Motes said that he was not aware of the resemblance between the names, and that the creators “just kind of picked something that MIT would give us the .mit for,” settling on BookX when told that http://books.mit.edu was not available.

MIT411.com is scheduled to reappear online soon.