Va. college offers rent-a-textbook
The College of William & Mary's bookstore will offer a textbook-rental program starting in the upcoming school year.
The college said in a release that the program will allow students to rent their books for less than half the cost of buying a new printed textbook. Students will be able to rent their books in the campus store or from the store's website.
William & Mary will jointly run the program with its campus bookstore operator, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. The book-retailing giant began piloting its rental program earlier this year at three of its 636 campus bookstores, and now operates the program at more than 25 campuses nationwide.
Students can highlight or mark up the rented books just as they would if they purchased the books and planned to sell them back to the bookstore. They also can convert their rental to a purchase during the first two weeks of class.
A handful of other companies are getting into the textbook-rental business. Follett Higher Education Group, one of the biggest college bookstore operators, also started a textbook rental program that's expanded to hundreds of campuses nationwide.
This post has been updated since it was originally posted.
-- Associated Press
The books would be rented by the semester, and they would be due back at the bookstore no later than 10 days after the last day of finals. Students can return the books in person or mail them to the bookstore.
A handful of other companies are getting into the textbook-rental business. Follett Higher Education Group, one of the biggest college bookstore operators, also started a textbook rental program in the fall and said this month it is expanding it to about 22 campuses.
Online sites such as Chegg.com and academic publishers such as Cengage Learning also started rental programs last year.
-- Associated Press
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| May 10, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
Categories: Virginia | Tags: Chegg, Textbook
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