Student aims to create ‘Netflix of textbooks’

By Jon Gargis MARIETTA — College students are probably all too familiar with apps and online…

Georgia (Apr 7, 2016) — By Jon Gargis


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MARIETTA — College students are probably all too familiar with apps and online services where one can stream movies, TV shows or music. If one Kennesaw State University student has his way, those students will one day be streaming their college textbooks as well.

“I knew how Netflix worked, so I said, ‘What is stopping us from having a service like that for textbooks?’” said Paul Ngalle, a 2009 Lassiter High graduate and KSU junior studying mechanical engineering. “So I went online and researched and found services that had books, but they’re still the same prices as a bookstore, so there’s not much of a difference.”

So about two years ago, Ngalle came up with the idea for an online service that he and a team of seven other college students are building — four focused on software engineering and three on marketing — called TreeCabin, which aims to become the “Netflix of textbooks.”

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