Rent Textbooks Online: A Smart Way to Save Money and Time!

by Laura Wallis | Follow Her on Twitter Here

Renting something you’re only going to use for a brief period of time is brilliant — think tables for a party, lacrosse gear for a growing boy or an instrument for a fickle wannabe band member. Here’s another one that makes a ton of sense: rent textbooks online.

When you think of college costs, you typically consider tuition and room and board. But textbooks can be a huge expense. According to the College Board, the typical college student will spend over $1,000 per each year of college — about $500 per semester.

So if you can find a way to reduce that amount — and save yourself a box full of books you’re no longer interested in reading — why wouldn’t you?

Amazon’s used textbook program includes both new and used textbooks, based on availability. But don’t worry, all used textbooks will be in acceptable rental condition, which means that they are not damaged and they don’t have excessive writing. (Of course, that means that you will want to return the textbook in that same condition.) But, if you aren’t satisfied with the book you receive, you can return it for a refund within 30 days

As with everything about Amazon, they make it super easy. They will email you reminders for your rented textbooks before the due date. If your book is not received with a postmark of the due date or an earlier date, they will automatically extend your textbook rental period by 15 days and charge you for a 15-day extension. Though be aware that if you don’t return it by the second period or you return it and it is damaged, then you’ll need to pay the full purchase price. Pretty standard rental terms, in my opinion.

Let’s face it. Even though we end up loving some of our classes and return to the textbooks over and over, there are many that we are just happy to be done with! Those are the textbooks that no one is ever going to revisit again, so why not save money and time by taking the opportunity to rent textbooks online.

How about you? Have you or your student ever rented textbooks online? What did you think of the service?

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