For starters, it seemed like the professors changed the reading list every year. Few of the classes I attended had the same reading list two years in a row–so I had to buy almost all of my books brand new, for every class, every year, and the bookstore would seldom buy them back. I was paying upwards of $400 some semesters for the “required reading.” And then, it turned out that we didn’t look at many of the books at all!
It was really frustrating. These days, there are better options available to students than there were for me: online reading, e-books, and now there’s CampusBookRentals.com.
As if just not having to beat your way through the campus bookstore wasn’t a great deal, there’s many other perks. Like Amazon, you can get shipping on your books for free (both too and from!). If you don’t want to keep your books after the end of the semester (and how often do you, really?), you could save 40-90% off the cost of your texts. You can also reasonably treat the book as if it were your own, even highlighting on the pages, so you don’t have to worry about being stuck with a book you have to treat like a car on a lease.
See how it works on their YouTube video.
As if you needed another great reason to not buy your textbooks, they also donate to Operation Smile with every textbook rental. Operation Smile does exactly that – it helps gives smiles to kids born with facial deformities, including cleft lips and palates.
Do you own textbooks, and would you like to see a little bit of that invested money back? Check out CampusBookRentals’ new program, RentBack (www.RentBack.com). Through RentBack, you can rent your textbooks to other students, possibly making 2-4x as much money as you would have simply by selling the book back to the bookstore at the end of the semester.
Sorry, my Canadian college-goers, it’s still only in the states yet (but hopefully they’ll expand).
Disclaimer: I received compensation to write about CampusBookRentals. But, I think it’s a great, idea. As a former student, I admit I wish this option had been around about 10 years ago when I was in University!