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About us

TextbookRush is all about helping students achieve the education they want and deserve. We sell books at seriously low prices, as well as textbook rentals for those one-and-done classes. Have books to sell? We’ve got you covered. We buy over one million different titles back from students and other sources for cash or store credit. And that’s not all we’ve got. When it’s time for a study break you can check us out for great movies and video games.

When all is said and done, our focus is on growing with YOU – our customers, suppliers, affiliates, and partners. We strive to build strong and mutually beneficial relationships with people across the world and provide services designed especially for you!

Thank you,

Phil Smyres
CEO/Founder of TextbookRush

Meet the team

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  • Phil
    CEO/Founder of TextbookRush
    Favorite books: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight & The Prophet by Kahil Gibran
    Fun fact: I once traveled by Volkswagen camper from Karachi, Pakistan to Amsterdam.
  • Rush
    Brand Ambassador
    Favorite book: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    Fun fact: I’m a distant relative of some of the most famous bunnies in Hollywood.
  • Alison
    Senior Marketing Manager
    Favorite book: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    Fun fact: I went skydiving with my now husband for our 1 year dating anniversary.
  • Connor
    Enterprise Team Lead
    Favorite book: The BFG by Roald Dahl
    Fun fact: I graduated high school at 15.
  • Jason
    Senior .NET Developer
    Favorite book: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    Fun fact: I am an avid eater of chicken wings.
  • Jason
    .NET Developer
    Favorite book: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
    Fun fact: Nobody at work actually calls me Jason.
  • Darrell
    Buybacks Manager
    Favorite book: The Odyssey by Homer
    Fun fact: I enjoy fishing and hunting in my spare time.
  • Serena
    Favorite book: Feast by Grahm Masterson
    Fun fact: Once on vacation I almost got eaten by a bull shark… but I survived.
  • Jeff
    Director of Customer Care
    Favorite book: The Big Short by Michael Lewis
    Fun fact: I want to visit all 50 States….4 left to go.
  • Jeneé
    Customer Care Representative
    Favorite book: Any book my kid reads me :)
    Fun fact: I'm Disney-obsessed.
  • Steven
    Customer Care Representative
    Favorite book: 1984 by George Orwell
    Fun fact: I am a Wolverines fan.
  • Tom
    Customer Care Representative
    Favorite book: Mirai Nikki by Sakae Esuno
    Fun fact: I’ve played over 10 TCG’s (Trading Card Games) competitively and still adding to the list.
  • Kevin
    Textbook Rental Manager
    Favorite book: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
    Fun fact: I have a national table tennis rating of 894.
  • Jason
    Lead, Inventory Management
    Favorite book: Valis by Philip K. Dick
    Fun fact: I am currently ranked #21 in the U.S. on the arcade game Pole Position.
  • John
    Lead, Inventory Management
    Favorite book: An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
    Fun fact: My neighbor has three rabbits.
  • Luke
    Director of Anti-Piracy
    Favorite book: Burr by Gore Vidal
    Fun fact: I enjoy playing the banjo, guitar and singing saw in my spare time.

Company history

First store

Opened first store

With the help and support of Missouri Bookstore, Pearson, Cengage, John Wiley and McGraw-Hill, Phil, the TextbookRush CEO, had the ability to open and operate his first bookstore in a 121 sq ft. office in Columbus, Ohio. Phil owned 1,100 books and sold 700 within The Ohio State’s first school quarter.

Second store

Opened second store

Phil bought one of the four major campus bookstores at The Ohio State University, Buckeye Books. His bookstore grew from 121 sq ft to 2,500 sq ft.

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Started our online bookstore named TextbooksRus

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New office

Moved to an office off of Wood Ave. in Columbus, Ohio. The company had 50 employees.

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We launched a marketplace only website, This website is a marketplace similar to the one offered on, but has a global reach.

New warehouse

New warehouse

We added 55,000 square feet of warehouse space to our current location in Grandview Heights, Ohio, tripling its previous space. The new facility has a capacity for 750,000 books. Also, video games and DVDs were added to our website.


Apex_Media begins renting textbooks on Amazon

Apex_Media was created and began renting textbooks as a third-party rental provider on Amazon. Apex_Media is a top rated seller, listing over ten thousand products to rent through the Amazon rental program.

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Company rebranded from TextbooksRus to TextbookRush. Rush the Rabbit became our company’s logo and our slogan became, “Your online campus bookstore.”

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Joined Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices

Counterfeits are a familiar problem in many industries, including the textbook industry. We implemented anti-counterfeit best practices, which are designed to catch counterfeit textbooks. Our strict textbook review process comes with outlined criteria and publisher approved training.


Amazon ends their textbook rental program

As one of the first and largest rental providers on Amazon, Apex_Media rental inventory can now be found on TextbookRush.

Current warehouse


Another year under our belt! Our claim to fame is still our buyback service, where we offer the highest payouts on books you no longer want. Added bonus - we offer top of the line service for purchases too. With savings up to 90%! Plus free shipping on orders over $35 that the competition can't beat.

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Our guarantee

At TextbookRush we want you to be satisfied with your purchase. We offer a guarantee on both TextbookRush inventory and books purchased through one of our marketplace sellers. If you are not satisfied with your purchase within 30 days from receiving, simply return it – no questions asked for a full refund of the product price. We strive every day to provide you great products, great prices and the service you expect from TextbookRush.

“TextbookRush” & the TextbookRush Rabbit logo are registered trademarks of Anaid Holdings, LLC.