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Hi everyone,

Thank you for your speedy & helpful replies! :)

I figured I'd post a hit since so many of you have offered super advice &
I'm guessing there's someone out there who needs the same information. Thank
you again!!

Here's my original post:

Hi Everyone,

I have a question for you. Has anyone ever heard of "renting" a textbook? I
have one last class before I graduate and the required book costs $130. I
looked online to see if I could find it for less & all of the places I've
found are still listing it for over $100 + shipping. But...there is one
place that popped up that I could rent the book for a semester (for less
than $70 and shipping is free) and then return it. I know I'll never use the
book again, so I'm not overjoyed at the thought of paying $130+ shipping.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Linda Lay
Future Library Media Specialist
Madison Alabama
boofredlay@knology.net 

Replies*************************** 

Yes, I just got done using bookrenter.com.  I will use them again and
shipping was free!

Good luck!
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I saw something about this in the paper just a few days okay.  So apparently
there is such as thing as renting a textbook.
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My daughter does this regularly with great success.
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Yes I have, and like your situation, it was an economic decision. "Back in
the day" we rented our Dewey texts for our Cataloging class at the
University of Michigan. The cost to purchase was prohibitive and it made
sense to rent the books. As you pointed out, I would never have used those
heavy volumes.
 
Sounds like a good idea to me.
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Yes, as a matter of fact, I have heard of renting textbooks.  They just had
an article about a week or so ago in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about this
very practice.  
 
http://www.star-telegram.com/arlington_news/story/1489134.html 
 
There are two "local" institutions that are giving this a test run in the
area: University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington.
It sounds like an incredible deal that I wish would have been available when
I pursued my four degrees.  I think back on how much money I spent, and I am
blown away!
 
I think it is an incredible savings.  One thing to consider: if you buy the
book new, you will still (likely) be able to sell it back.  I am not certain
that the two transactions vastly differ in the end.
 
Good luck!!
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I have researching this issue myself, and have heard rave reviews about one
site in particular: chegg.com (no, I am not affiliated with them in any
way). I am definitely going to use them this semester.

I do not see the point in purchasing books I am going to need for only a few
weeks and then resell for a pittance in comparison to the retail cost.
Renting them seems like a much more reasonable option. Also, if I need a few
extra days/weeks or decide I would like to keep the book, chegg allows me to
do so without incurring exorbitant fees.

Hope this helps
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I have been looking at textbook purchase myself.  www.dealoz.com lists a lot
of dealers and this is the first semester that I have seen anyone rent them.
It sounds like it has merit but couldn't you sell yours too?
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Have you tried borrowing the book through your state library?  I was able to
do that with one of the books I needed for a course a couple years ago.  I
had it on loan for a month, then renewed it.
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Regarding your question, renting textbooks is FANTASTIC!  I can't say enough
good things about it.  My favorite rental house is Chegg.com, which I found
through bigwords.com (also a great tool to hunt down the cheapest copy of a
book).  Renting is a wonderful thing to do if you know you aren't interested
in keeping the book, or just can't afford to buy it right now.  One thing
that may help you save even more money... check to see if you can use the
previous edition of the textbook you need.  For example, if you need the
10th, see if there are vast differences/changes since the 9th - this kind of
info is usually available online via Amazon or the publisher's site.
Normally, the changes are not so big that it will affect your coursework,
and most professors will tell you what chapter to read, not what page range,
so the minor edition changes aren't vital.  If you can rent 'one edition
down' from the newest, you can save much more - I did this with one text
last year - the newest edition was going to cost me about $68.00 to rent,
and I checked with my professor to see if I could use the previous edition,
which I could, and it brought my rental fee for the semester down to $6.20!
In fact, each time I have asked a professor if I could use the previous
edition of a text, the answer was yes.  

Chegg.com has excellent service; I recommend them highly.  If their set
rental dates do not fit your course schedule, you can modify them, usually
for only a few more dollars, depending on the length of time needed.  
*******************



  

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