Textbooks are crazy expensive, and years ago the choices were two. New or Used. That was it.
But today that has changed. Students now have many choices on how to consume the textbooks they need. And saving money is always a goal for students.
An interesting new-ish choice is to RENT your book, rather than purchase it.
You can rent physical books, of course, but I was excited to learn that you can also rent the ebook version of textbooks.
This means that an entire semester of texts can be contained on one tiny little Kindle. All your books (your big, HEAVY books) in your pocket. Imagine that.
And you don’t need a Kindle to rent a textbook. Of course, a Kindle is a great choice, but you can also rent and read a textbook on any Kindle app, on your PC, Mac, iPad, Kindle Fire, iPhone, Android device, Windows Phone 7 or Blackberry.
You can highlight, take notes, and synchronize. Your notes are available to you anytime, even after you have returned the rental. And, just as with regular ebooks, you can preview the first chapter for free.
The rental times are flexible, too. You can choose between 30 and 360 days. The longer you keep the book, the more you pay. The option is always available to buy the book, as well.
I know of three particular textbooks currently being used in college courses this Fall. I looked at all three, and found 2 available for ebook rental, the other was not. I imagine more textbooks will be added as the program expands.
The cheapest choice is still the used book. But for students who want the convenience of reading textbooks on a portable device, a rental can be an excellent option.
I remember the
inconvenience pain of carrying around piles of books. Imagine traveling or commuting to school with your entire semester’s worth of reading in the palm of your hand instead of in a canvas bag on your back. I like it!
You can learn all about Amazon’s Kindle Textbook Rental Program here.