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Trinity student creates app for buying, selling textbooks

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A 19-year-old college student has created an app that is changing the college experience for many in the northeast.

The cost of going to college is expensive, especially when adding in the hundreds of dollars spent on textbooks every semester.

However, the new app that Trinity College sophomore Micah Onditi created is designed to help students save some money.

He spent his summer break creating the app called “Mivy” and released it in December.

The goal is to make college textbooks more affordable by giving students a platform to buy and sell their used books by eliminating the bookstore.

Students selling get more money for their used books and students buying spend less.

"We have resources such as buyback programs in the bookstore but we receive like $10 or $20 or $30 back on a $200 book, and they can come right back and sell it again for $200. It really makes no sense,” Onditi said.

There are already a couple hundred app users at colleges all across the northeast. Mivy gets 7 percent of sales from regular users.

"It's great that I'm able to do it and it's great that people actually even look at it quite honestly,” Onditi said.

As for his future, he said he’s not opposed to creating additional apps but for now he will keep his focus on Mivy.

The app is currently available for Apple products in the app store.

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