Amazon announced today that it is now renting out physical textbooks, in addition to the online rentals it debuted last year. Those of us who have purchased textbooks from Amazon know that it can “buyback” books you’ve purchased from the site, but it only pays you back in store credit (and not very much of it, either). According to VentureBeat, most of these print books will rent at $30-$60 per semester (130 days + possible 15-day extension).
By renting out print books, Amazon’s entering a market that’s been growing more crowded lately. Services like Chegg and Ebay’s Half.com rent books at similar price ranges, but The Verge posits that “Amazon’s ubiquity means it’s likely to make the practice more mainstream.” Rent out your books before it’s too cool, and check out Amazon’s textbook rental here. Fanhirs of the company may also want to check out Amazon Prime Student for free two-day shipping.
And how does one get their textbooks without being ripped off?