If you live in an off campus apartment in Lynchburg, VA and are looking for ways to cut college costs, try renting your textbooks this semester.
Numerous companies, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and Chegg, offer this service. And, just in time for school, Google Play Store officially began offering textbooks for rent or purchase.
Students now have access a variety of titles in different subjects, from Psych 101 to intro computer programming textbooks. They can purchase or rent the titles for six months, with a much lower price tag than the campus store.
Google Play Books now also includes highlighting and note-taking for scanned pages, and Apple is pushing for school-friendly iPad options for students in iOS 7.
Renting textbooks will typically will save you 60% to 70% per book. You’ll also save time: You won’t have to wait in line to buy books or, at the end of the semester, sell them for pennies on the dollar. Textbook rentals last through the semester, although you can usually extend the rental or buy the book.
There are a few considerations: You generally have to pay for shipping, you have to ship back the books by a designated time, and you can’t write in the book margins or highlight significant passages.
Some services also allow you to purchase or rent e-books. This way, you can search, highlight and take notes. Chegg, for example, offers e-books through its eTextbook Reader, which is available for PC, Mac and smartphones.
A recent check showed that a popular biology textbook, the ninth edition of “Campbell Biology,” can be rented for $55.49 at Chegg. You can also rent the textbook as an e-book for $92.68.
At Amazon.com, the same textbook sells for $164.49 and rents for $68.25.