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Textbook Alternatives: Textbook Rental

Of interest to faculty and students looking for alternatives to costly textbooks.

Amazon's e-Texts Rental Program

Students can download temporary copies of textbooks from Amazon's web site for reading on a Kindle, tablet, or a smartphone running free Kindle software.  Amazon claims students can save up to 80% compared with the cost of purchasing traditional textbooks.

More information on Amzon's rental program here.


Barnes and Noble Rental Texts

Barnes & Noble's rental program allows for rental periods of 30, 60 or 90 days with an option to purchase the text as well. 

More information can be found here.

This textbook rental business was created by students for students.  Textbooks are offered in many discliplines.

More information here.

Campus Book Rentals

Students may rent texts based on the length of their class - semester, quarter, or summer session. 

More information here.

Rent College Textbooks Online

The site indicates that it is among the largest renters of textbooks. Cool feature: free shipping to return the rental items at the end of the lease.

Rental Options for Law Students

West/Thomson has a casebook rental program that includes many popular casebook titles.  Students can rent print or electronic versions of the casebooks and pay a monthly rental fee.  If the casebook is not returned after the seventh month, the student will have purchased the book.

More information here.  Information about e-texts here.

West/Thomson has a law school study aid subscription program.  More information here.

Stay tuned as more publishers begin offering this service.

Google Play Online Textbooks