The Undergraduate Council is launching its re-tooled online textbook shopping service today, hopeful that the enhanced site will boost its campus presence and help supplement its annual budget shortfall.
The council's "UC Books" site-- www.fas.harvard.edu/~ucbooks-- searches online book retailers for the lowest prices on Harvard textbooks.
After a summer overhaul, the site will offer an expanded offering of course reading lists and now boasts a partnership with the Harvard Coop.
The refinements come largely as a result of the work of Student Affairs Committee Vice Chair Paul A. Gusmorino III '02.
Over the summer, Gusmorino and other council members, through the College's Committee on Undergraduate Education, sent letters to all members of the Faculty explaining UC Books and requesting reading lists.
Those letters, plus follow-up telephone calls to Faculty members have allowed the site to offer reading lists from more than 100 of the largest courses on campus. In the past, the site featured books from a handful of courses in select concentrations.
Under the council's newly-formed relationship with the Coop, UC Books will set the Coop's used book price as the benchmark against which students can compare prices from other book websites.
The Coop's used books typically cost 25 percent less than new books.
Council Introduces Book Buying Web SiteYesterday at 1 a.m., Harpaul A. Kohli '01 did something hundreds of Harvard students have done before. He ordered textbooks
Game Should Be Free, Council SaysTwo weeks before The Game against Yale, the Undergraduate Council last night called for the settling of what member Paul
`Not the Kind of Money We Need': Popular UC Books Program Can't Save Council From Budget ShortfallThe pet project of one Undergraduate Council representative is yielding dividends for a cash-strapped council, but it won't be enough
Gusmorino For PresidentThis year, it is a pleasure to endorse a candidate for the Undergraduate Council presidency without reservation. Leading a cash-strapped
Council Race Wraps UpAs the Undergraduate Council presidential race wraps up today, candidates are making a final push for victory and making plans
Gusmorino, Lee Prepare to Take the WheelIf last year was the year of Undergraduate Council infighting, this year, council members are hoping for a fresh start.