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Book Burro

January 11th, 2008 at 5:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointLink

I always love a great deal on a book. However, it takes a lot of time to go from one book site to another to locate the best deal on that book.

Book Burro is a dream come true for bookworms.

Overview

The Book Burro provides an exceptional service that locates a book at other web sites for the best price around therefore saving you time and money.

Installation

Though this extension is small at 30K, it still packs a punch. This is considered a site-activated extension and will only appear when you head to a detailed book page.

Book Burro closed

Features

The Book Burro scans entire libraries (literally) of where you can find a particular book for the best drop-dead price or where it's available to check-out from a local library.

The extension is activated when you visit a detail book page from one of these sites:

  • Book Mooch
  • AbeBooks
  • Alibris
  • Amazon
  • Amazon Marketplace
  • Books a Million
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Barnes & Noble Member
  • Buy
  • Half.com
  • Powells

The Book Burro will appear in the top left hand corner of your browsing window. Click on the window and a list of book-related sites will appear.

Not only will the sites appear, but the book burro will start to gather the prices from those sites and display them to the right of the site name.

To make things even sweeter, WorldCat is integrated into Book Burro. There is a list of over 50 libraries and colleges that are available at the click of a check box. If you have a well-known library or college in your local area, Book Burro checks the site for that particular book and let's you know if it's available or not.

It doesn't get any better than this.

Configuration

The configuration of Book Burro is put together quite nicely. It's easily accessible from the Book Burro window itself (click on the Tools icon) or from the natural course of Tools -> Add-ons -> Book Burro -> Options.

As they add new libraries and sites, they provide a simple checkbox that allows you to scan through that library, college, or site for that book.

Book Burro Configuration

The WorldCat tab allows you to type in your zip code and Book Burro will attempt to locate the book in your general vicinity, whether it be at the local college or library.

Conclusion

Since I'm such a bookworm, this is by far my favorite extension.

The interface is compact and out of the way which is a tremendous help. Everything is available in the main window through a simple click.

Book Burro takes your book search to a new level. As they've said on their site, it "saves you time and money" by searching for the best prices online and offline.

Book Burro gets a 5 out of 5.