|Headquarters||Columbus, Ohio, USA|
|Key people||Phil Smyres (CEO)|
|Products||New and used textbooks, textbook rental, books, movies, video games|
TextbookRush - formerly TextbooksRus.com - is an online textbook company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. TextbookRush allows students to purchase, rent, or sell back textbooks and many other types of books. TextbooksRus.com was founded in 2002, starting at the Ohio State University.
In 2002, TextbookRush was founded as TextbooksRus.com by Phil Smyres.
In 2008 the company launched a marketplace only website, Bookstores.com. Bookstores.com is a marketplace similar to the one offered by TextbooksRus.com, but has a global reach.
1. In 2008 Textbooksrus.com was sued by publishers for allegedly importing and selling counterfeit textbooks. The case was filed in the Southern District of New York and textbookrsus.com eventually settled the lawsuit by paying $150,000.00 in damages to the publishers with an agreement that they will cease any further importation of counterfeit textbooks into the United States.
2. The major textbook publishers had also alleged that Textbooksrus.com had not only imported counterfeit textbooks into the US but also sent some of the unsold counterfeit textbooks back to the publishers under the publishers' "returned unsold for a refund" policy and obtained refunds for textbooks that were not only counterfeit; they were also not obtained from the publishers in the first place (thereby directly defrauding the publishers). As a counter-measure, Pearson and Cengage Publishers closed Textbooksrus.com's purchase accounts with them. TRU sued the publishers in response but the presiding judge sided with the defendants (in this case, the publishers)
3. In Feb 2013, the publishers sued Textbookrush.com, Phil Smyres and his other business ventures for again importing and selling counterfeiting textbooks in the United States. Currently the lawsuit is pending in the Southern District of New York and the case number is: 1:13-cv-00816-WHP . 
TextbooksRus.com developed Optima, a free web-based inventory management system for booksellers. Optima was developed and is maintained internally by TextbooksRus.com.
In 2009, TextbooksRus.com added on 55,000 square feet in warehouse space in Grandview Heights, which tripled its previous warehouse space. This warehouse enabled TextbooksRUs.com to hold more than 750,000 books. Also at this time, TextbooksRus.com put into place an advanced picking-and-packing system to ensure orders move quickly and accurately.
Also in 2009, TextbooksRus.com was able to sell in every state in the United States as well as the United Kingdom. United Kingdom sales account for about five-percent of total sales.
In July 2013, TextbooksRus.com was rebranded as TextbookRush. They modified their brand logo to include a rabbit rushing with a book.
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