Updated March 24 at 12:29am

Get more for used textbooks

By Emily Gowdey-Backus | Gowdey-Backus@PBN.com
A senior at the ­University of Rhode Island, Anthony ­Markey knows how frustrating it is when the school bookstore offers to buy back textbooks at a fraction of the original price. "Although only a few months have gone by, it's almost …

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A senior at the ­University of Rhode Island, Anthony ­Markey knows how frustrating it is when the school bookstore offers to buy back textbooks at a fraction of the original price.

"Although only a few months have gone by, it's almost worse than a car … you're getting pennies on the dollar," he said.

Markey, who tried to sell his textbooks to fellow students via a Facebook group, knew there had to be a better way. In December he launched Providence-based Libby – an online textbook buy-and-sell platform currently in the beta stage at URI and Johnson & Wales University.

He said he chose to start the company while still enrolled because, as a college student, he is part of Libby's target demographic.

Libby is one of 12 companies chosen to participate in the latest Bridge to MassChallenge boot camp, a pitch competition and startup generator for Rhode Island businesses.

Within the next year, Markey hopes to expand in the Northeast, what he called "a college- and university-rich area." •

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