Hyperword: Compare textbook prices, search, translate, post…

There’s an add-on called Hyperwords for the Firefox browser that I’ve been using for number conversions (square feet to acres, US dollar to other currencies), language translation, and searches, but I found a handy new use for it yesterday that I thought would be helpful to incoming students–comparison shopping for textbooks.

Hyperwords allows you to right-click on a word or phrase and search multiple online stores for the item.  That means that you can go to a page such as a college bookstore list for courses you’re taking in September, select and right-click the title of one of the texts, and then search one or many vendors for your books.  (I ended up using a combination of Amazon and AbeBooks for two courses I’m taking in the fall.) See the video below for a demonstration of Hyperwords.

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