Following a recent Reddit discussion thread, a new textbook price comparison tool called Occupy The Bookstore has grown in popularity. According to the Reddit thread, Occupy The Bookstore is “a Chrome Plugin which overlays competitive market prices for textbooks directly on the college bookstore website.” When a user installs the extension, they see their bookstore’s prices for textbooks, as well as pricing from various online vendors.
The creators of the chrome extension, Peter Frank and Ben Halpern, are also the founders of Texts.com, a site that helps buyers find the best prices for textbooks. They are now facing litigation from the Follett Higher Education Group, the largest campus bookstore operator in the US. The Follett Group recently emailed Frank and Halpern and asked that they remove the extension on the basis that it “is effectively changing the presentation of the information on the screen.” Follett then stated that legal action would be pursued in the event of noncompliance. Unfortunately for Follett, their requests seem to have generated an unforeseen amount of publicity for the plugin; Occupy The Bookstore has now been downloaded from the Chrome Web Store more than 20,000 times and its creators have no intentions of removing it.
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