Researching the background
The initial part of the project was quite broad. Would users lend their own book collection? Why, when and for which types of books would they use this service? Do they know anything about the sharing economy already? What type of user would be more inclined to use it? To solve all the questions, I approached possible users, in both quantitative and qualitative ways, as soon as possible, in order to gather some real findings that would build the ground of the experience.
Briefly, results showed that almost half in a total of 52 expats who took part in the research, 64 % would agree to lend their books to people they don’t know if they were verified users and under the following circumstances:
↳ A strong way to keep track of the loans.
↳ A guarantee the book wouldn’t get damaged.
↳ A guarantee they would get them back.
Also 80% purchase books online and the vast majority make use of a monitor screen to do their purchase. Therefore, it was clear that the main focus of the product should be a desktop application.