A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humour, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age. This Ted Talk is an oldie but a goodie and watching it will make you want to play a little more.
Cabbage patch kids, marbles, knuckle bones, Lego, Star Wars, Matchbox cars, Viewmaster…there are so many great toys we had as kid.
Which was your favourite?
They say that play is the highest form of research…so what are you waiting for? Time to get your coloured pencils out and scribble your way through this mornings meetings! Or Lego…maybe pop a bowl of it in the middle of your boardroom table and see what you can create. Did you know you could buy Lego through Booko? Oh yes you read that right! Stick around and we’ll show you how on Thursday’s blog.
We’ve got a little magic to work behind the scenes so we are scheduling an 20 minute outage for this afternoon at 3pm AEST – which happens to be the prefect amount of time to take a walk, make a cup of tea or chat to your bestie.
Everyone needs a little life hack…especially if it can save you money. This article is an oldie but a goodie and still super relevant to uni students. Did you know you can buy both new and second hand books through booko? Click here for details.
At Booko HQ, we love to help you find the best deals for the books you want… that way you can buy even more books, right? And not only can we help with the books you want to buy – the book-treats for yourself and your loved ones – but Booko can also help find discounts on the books you need – including textbooks for school and university, as well as specialist texts for professionals.
With just a few clicks or taps on your device, Booko can help you save up to hundreds of dollars. Here are some examples:
Macroeconomics Australasian Edition (4th edition) by Olivier J. Blanchard and Jeffrey R. Sheen
Savings for new copy up to $50 Savings for used copy up to $100
Gray’s Anatomy for Students by Drake, Vogl and Mitchell
Savings for new copy up to $150
Savings for used copy up to $150
Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1 Workbook (3rd edition) by Yuehua Liu et al
Savings for new copy up to $50
Savings for used copy up to $60
Now read on for some step-by-step instructions:
Booko’s standard search finds you the best prices for right now. For even better deals, Booko offers a set-and-forget Alerts and a Lists feature. Booko Alerts regularly checks the prices for your chosen items and will email you as soon as the price falls below the current (or a specified) level. It’s a great way to monitor for sales. To set an Alert, first search for the book you want – if possible, use the ISBN to confirm the correct edition.
This shows the search for a Psychology textbook. The top listing on the Right is the current best price. To create an Alert, click the Add an Alert button below the Cover Image on the left side of the page. Set your preferred price – and you can set separate prices for new and used books. Then enter your email and click Add. Now all you need to do is wait for the Good News email!
If you are logged into your Booko account, you can set an Alert faster, because you won’t need to enter your email each time. A Booko account allows you to modify your alerts (delete or change target prices) more easily, as a list.
A Booko account also allows you to set up Lists. These help you sort and group the books you are watching for. To add a book to a list, click the Add to List button below the Cover Image (next to the Add an Alert button). This adds the book to your Wishlist (the default list for each Booko account). To create more lists, click on the My Lists tab on the Top Right of the page, then click the Manage Lists button.
The Manage Lists option has several nifty features – here you create new personalised lists (A), View/Edit or Delete existing lists, or Export list data in a spreadsheet-friendly format (B). Booko will also tell you whether you can buy all your list items from a single store (C) – and do a price comparison as well.
Booko Alerts and Booko Lists can help you minimise the time and money you need for your back-to-uni essentials – so that you’ll have more time to relax before Semester starts!
Two weeks till Christmas and still shopping for gifts? Thanks to online shopping, you can access retailers from around the world, who can get your gift to your loved one in-time, even if they’re overseas. Booko can help you compare stock availability and delivery times across a range of retailers – and don’t forget that express shipping may also be available. Just head to the Booko website, make sure the country flag at the top right hand corner is displaying your required destination (click on the flag to display and change options), then search for the item you want. Booko will display prices and availability in the results table.
More details about buying for overseas deliveries are in our handy guide here.
Booko can help you find the best prices and fastest shipping for books, DVDs, games and even jigsaw puzzles ! Here are some more last-minute gift ideas:
Slow Down and Grow Something : the Urban Grower’s Recipe for the Good Life by Byron Smith and Tess Robinson
Gift this to your loved one, and you may be helping them check off several life goals at the same time. Both gardening and cooking are great for our wellbeing – encouraging us to slow down, get outdoors and live in the moment. Slow Down and Grow Something combines the horticultural skills of Byron Smith and cooking skills of Tess Robinson to offer us lots of tips on how to create your own food oases – whether you have a big backyard or just a few pots in an apartment. Then make the most of your harvest with delicious recipes that you can enjoy on your own, or share with your friends (another boost for our mental health!).
The Guinness World Records makes a classic gift – this is a perennial favourite for school-aged children! Kids just love quirky and amazing facts (and reading them will quietly broadening their knowledge of the world). It is also a thoughtful choice for reluctant readers – kids who find it difficult to enjoy “chapter books” or novels may enjoy the short, easy-to-dip-into format, the non-fiction focus and the colourful, lavishly illustrated pages.
The eye-catching Azul board game is the well-deserved winner of this year’s Game of the Year (Spiel des Jahres) award, and has been described by game reviewers as an “Instant Classic”. Azul’s beautiful visual design is inspired by the intricate patterns on azulejos, Moorish decorative ceramic tiles from Spain and Portugal. Azul is an abstract strategy-based game that is governed by simple rules, yet delivers surprisingly complex game play. This family-friendly game is suitable for 2-4 players, aged 8+.
Sushi Go is a popular card game that is easy to learn and fast-playing, great for kids on their own, or multi-age groups such as family gatherings. Make the most points by collecting different types of sushi and desserts! The cards are colourful, with cute sushi characters, and come in a sturdy metal tin that is perfect for taking along on holidays. For 2-5 players, aged 8+.
The Elements by Theodore Gray 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
Theodore Gray’s The Elements is a coffee-table book that combines the best of science and art – it is a tour through the chemical elements of the periodic table, in a stylish format, lavishly illustrated with photographs of objects associated with each element. This million-copy bestseller has inspired two sequels (Molecules and Reactions), apps, jigsaw puzzles and even quilts! This 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle shows the full periodic table as displayed in the book. The finished item measures approximately 92cm x 41cm.
Gift Vouchers / Cards / Certificates
Gift vouchers/cards/certificates can be a real life-saver when you have no time to shop – vouchers are emailed immediately upon purchase, either to you for printing, or directly to the recipient. So all you need is a few minutes to click through and complete the purchase! Delight children with the ability to “go shopping” for exactly what they want; or introduce a loved one to the huge range on offer in an online bookstore. Booko has a list of bookstore gift voucher options here.
Christmas is just around the corner so for those of you buying for friends and family overseas, here are some of our bookseller’s online order cut-off dates to make sure your parcel arrives in time.
Just in case you needed a refresher…here’s how to use Booko in different countries to make your Christmas shopping that little bit easier.
We’re not really ones to blow our own trumpet but you guys have been telling us that the best way to buy cheap books online is to search through Booko – we’re rapt, of course, and couldn’t agree more. Thousands of people a day are using Booko to find the best price for books and DVDs – and that’s just here in Australia, not even counting the other 22 countries we are in.
In its infancy, Booko was just a web page with a series of small programs collecting prices and calculating delivery costs for a handful of online book shops, to find the cheapest supplier of books. The overarching objective was to find both new and second-hand books online for the best price possible and when shops which offered free shipping could be added, it made the page even better.
Fast forward 10 years and we have people in 23 countries using Booko every day to find the best price for new and used books, DVDs and board games. To cater for our LEGO loving users, the family has grown to include Bricko, and Popz.deals for those collecting Pop! Vinyls. That’s a lot of clever people finding lots of good prices.
Here are the best ways to use Booko to make sure you remain one of those clever people. The same features are included on Bricko and Popz.deals.
We treat data very seriously at Booko and want to give you ultimate control of all of your data too. Creating an account allows you to make wish lists, set price alerts and view your search history along with deleting said history, and disabling Booko from keeping track of your history altogether. Just so you know, we don’t actually use your history for anything at all; it’s housed just for your entertainment and reading pleasure.
We have tweaked the account function to give you more control. You can now export your data or delete your account and data altogether. Just click on the user icon in the top left of the screen when you have logged into Booko.
Once you have created an account, you can set up lists to keep track of the products you’re interested in.
Want to know how much the 5 books you’re buying as Christmas presents will cost? Booko will take your list, find the shop that sells the whole lot for the best price and calculate shipping for the entire list.
What’s best is you can have multiple lists and even download and email them to people. There’s nothing like giving someone a nudge as to what they may like to buy you for your birthday, or Christmas…or ‘just because’.
The list feature allows you to check the prices for used books as well as new, if you wish.
Booko / Bricko / Popz has a price alert feature (which is a super handy set-and-forget tool) that emails you as soon as the price of a product falls below the current price, or a price specified by you.
To set an alert, you need to be logged into your account (because we need to know which email to send the notifications to). Just click the ‘Add an Alert’ button directly below the product image on the left side of the page. Nominate a price you are happy to pay, type in your email and the Alert is set. Now all you need to do is wait for the Good News email!
The alert function is really handy when you are shopping and have a little extra time up your sleeve (like getting on top of Christmas shopping early, or buying textbooks for courses next semester). You can have multiple alerts on a product, too.
With our latest round of updates, you can also now specify a separate price alert for new and used books. This function is loved by many of the students that use Booko…because let’s be honest, not all courses ask for a brand new textbook…nor do they need one. Academic textbooks can be breathtakingly expensive – a single title can be over a hundred dollars, so imagine how much your entire reading list will cost! Booko is great for searching for specialist or academic texts. All you need to do is type a book’s ISBN into the main search box (this ensures you are searching for the correct edition) and away you go. Booko can find most books, whether they are e-Books, Reference books, Fiction or Non-Fiction. And since Booko can locate used copies, you may be able to save even more by buying second-hand!
If you fancy a little more detail have a look at this blog post.
Buy for friends and family overseas
If you want to purchase something as a gift, Booko has some clever functionality where you can purchase in the local currency and the gift gets shipped directly to the recipient…saving you on both gift wrapping and postage!
Here’s what you do: Jump online to Booko / Bricko / Popz. In the top right hand corner, there will be a flag (it’s usually your local country flag). Click on this and all the countries that Booko works with will appear. Simply select the country that you want to send a book to and then keep using Booko the way you normally do. When you choose a different country, both the shipping charges and times are specific to that country (so it’s easy to make sure your gift will make it in time).
Click here for a detailed How-To guide.
Finally, shopping clever means being one step ahead. Did you know we now have a newsletter? It’s super low volume and we don’t email you every week, or even every month, just when we have something exciting to share. You can click here to subscribe (oh and you can unsubscribe at any time, it’s okay we won’t bug you or make you feel guilty, we know inboxes can get a little overwhelming).
Hey Students, I know it’s still the middle of January, and preparing for the start of Uni may be the last thing on your mind; but what if a few minutes’ work now can help you save lots of dollars, that you can put towards your dream trip / job interview outfit / coffee budget? What I mean is, using Booko – and also Booko’s Alerts feature – to help you find the best prices for your textbooks.
Academic textbooks can be breathtakingly expensive – a single title can be over a hundred dollars, so imagine how much your entire list will cost! You may have used Booko before to check prices for popular titles or gifts, but Booko can also be used to search for specialist or academic texts. All you need to do is type a book’s ISBN into the main search box (this ensures you are searching for the correct edition) and away you go. Booko can find most books, whether they are e-Books, Reference books, Fiction or Non-Fiction. And since Booko can locate used copies, you may be able to save even more by buying second-hand!
Booko Alerts is a set-and-forget feature that emails you as soon as a price falls below the current (or a specified) level. Just click the Add an Alert button directly below the Cover Image on the left side of the page. Nominate a preferred price, type in your email and the Alert is set. Now all you need to do is wait for the Good News email!
For more detailed instructions on Booko Alerts, click here for a step-by-step guide.
To give you some idea of the sort of savings achievable through Booko, here’s a list of potential savings for some common academic texts. The savings are based on comparing the best price and the prices charged by leading academic bookstores, as found by Booko.
A Guide to Business Law (21st edition) by Christine Miles and Warwick Dowler
Save approximately $35
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Save approximately $7
Psychology (4th Australian and New Zealand Edition) by Burton, Westen and Kowalski
Save approximately $100
Microeconomics (Second Edition) by Goolsbee, Levitt and Syverson
Save up to $600
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (10th Edition) by Wilkinson et al
Save approximately $25