Amazon Announces Kindle Textbook Rental Program

On Monday, Amazon.com announced a program that might help students defray their textbook costs: Kindle Textbook Rental. 

According to Amazon.com, students can save as much as 80 percent off the purchase price of a textbook. The rental can be as short as 30 days, or as long as 360, and the rental period can easily be extended in increments as small as one day. The renter can also choose to purchase the book they are renting at any time, if they so desire.

Those who have used a Kindle know that users can make comments and annotations in a Kindle e-book; in the case of a rental textbook, those annotations will be stored in a user's account and restored if the customer ever rents the book again or buys it in the future.

Naturally, due to Amazon.com's "read everywhere" policy, renters can access the rentals not just via a Kindle, but through Kindle reading apps on PCs, Macs, iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows phones as well.

Amazon has stated that tens of thousands of textbooks are available from publishers that include John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis.


To rent a textbook, users can:
  • Search for a textbook in the Textbooks Store or from the search bar. If a Kindle edition is available for rent, a user will see an option in the Formats section on the textbook page. Select this option.
  • On the Kindle textbook page select the rental end date. Kindle textbooks can typically be rented for any length between 30 to 360 days – users pay only for the time they need and can extend or buy anytime.
  • Click on "Rent now with 1-click" button to place the rental order.
Textbook rentals are not a new idea, but textbook rentals of e-books certainly are. While the idea may not work for everyone, it certainly is an option worthy of consideration.
Via:  Amazon.com
Tags:  Amazon.com, Kindle
Comments
omegadraco 3 years ago

THis is simply awesome! anything that can save folks a few dollars on their education is worthy in my opinion. Education is so important in the world we live in and for most it is simply too expensive. Consider that a student loans interest rate is considerable higher than that of a home mortgage.

SmogHog 3 years ago

Still,the US needs to step up and really do a lot of education reform at all levels of government before all other countries pass them buy.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/03/south-korea-plans-to-convert-all-textbooks-to-digital-swap-back/

RusellC 10 months ago

Hard copy books currently accessible through Amazon textbook rental. There is no bigger inconvenience for student than getting college textbooks, mostly as a result of huge and usurious expense. However, Amazon wants to do the country's pupils a solid, by expanding the Amazon textbook rental plan to hard copy books. How often have you needed additional information on where to find emergency payday loans, and resorted to an online search on " emergency payday loans ?"

andy_01 5 months ago

Thank you for this informative post. Books are really a big help specially for students. College students everywhere have felt the vicious sting of the bookstore markup on textbooks. They could be egregious, but there are ways around it, say renting one's textbooks. Amazon used to only do that for the Kindle, but now Amazon book rental reaches hardcopies. Get an installment loan to pay for your textbooks.

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