We were talking about college textbooks the other day and I remembered reading that Amazon is now going into the business of renting out e-textbooks. They advertise:
- Great savings: Save up to 80% off the list price of the print textbook
- Pay only for the time you need: Choose a rental length between 30 and 360 days and pay only for the exact time you need a book. Extend your rental for as little as one day or convert to purchase
- Rent once, read everywhere: Rent and read tens of thousands of textbooks on PC, Mac, Kindle, or your mobile device
- Keep your annotations: Access your notes and highlights anytime, even after the rental expires, at kindle.amazon.com
"We've done a little something extra we think students will enjoy," says Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Kindle. "Normally, when you sell your print textbook at the end of the semester you lose all the margin notes and highlights you made as you were studying. We're extending our Whispersync technology so that you get to keep and access all of your notes and highlighted content in the Amazon Cloud, available anytime, anywhere - even after a rental expires. If you choose to rent again or buy at a later time, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced."
Another staff member said that her daughter uses chegg.com http://www.chegg.com/ to rent the actual college textbook. She says these come in a mailing envelope which you keep to mail the book back, UPS, free of charge - it looks like it couldn't be easier. Check out their site!
Do you have a good site where you have found college textbooks at a cheaper price and that worked good for you? Let us know!