Students can find expensive textbooks to be an early financial hurdle in their studies – so a Cambridge student has founded Perlego: an online streaming service for textbooks, priced at just £12 a month.
Gauthier Van Malderen, a Masters student in entrepreneurship at Cambridge Judge Business School, was inspired by his own struggles to afford course textbooks or source them in the university library. Students in the UK spend an average of £439 on textbooks, while their US counterparts spend $1,200.
A ‘mobile-first learning experience’
The online nature of the service allows users to build ‘playlists’ of textbooks, underline sentences within the books, compare notes with other students, and effortlessly create references for quotes.
Subscribers don’t have to be students – making learning accessible to all – and can access books on any subject, allowing wider learning on topics of interest.