Amazon floats textbook rental service for college students
LOS ANGELES, Aug 8 – Forget film rentals, the next big thing for college students is going to be book rentals, at least if Amazon’s US arm has anything to do with it.
The online retailer claims savings of up to 70 per cent and, at the end of the rental period (a 130-day semester), the books are returned for free by means of a pre-paid address label.
Naturally, e-books are also eligible for rental, at a slightly lower cost.
The new service brings Amazon up to speed with similar physical book loan schemes offered by Chegg, eCampus, and Barnes & Noble, which has been offering rental and return since January 2010.
Website link: amazon.com/textbooks – AFP/Relaxnews