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Amazon Now Allows Students to Rent Textbooks



By Catherine Groux
Posted August 09, 2012 01:58 PM

Amazon.com is now allowing students to rent textbooks through the site.
Amazon.com is now allowing students to rent textbooks through the site.
According to a new report by OnCampus Research, students currently spend an average of $655 annually on required course materials, including textbooks. While this might seem high, the price of textbooks has been steadily decreasing thanks to options like used textbook programs and e-books.

Recently, Amazon.com announced that associate's and bachelor's degree seekers have another way to keep textbook costs low with its new rental program. According to a press release, the online marketplace will now allow college students to rent thousands of textbooks, saving up to 70% on the full cost of the materials.

Once students find the textbooks they need on the site, they simply select the "rent now" option and wait for their materials to be delivered. Then, at the end of the semester, individuals can return the books they no longer need for free.

"College is expensive, and students are always looking for ways to save money on textbooks, which is why we’ve long offered great prices on both new and used textbooks," said Ripley MacDonald, director of textbooks at Amazon.

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