Barnes & Noble, Borders, Chegg rev up book rentals
Barnes & Noble is expanding its college textbook rental program. It joined Chegg.com and other in renting books online last January. What’s cool about B&N is that you can also rent books from a slew of campus bookstores that it operates. Books rent for at least half off the purchase price. And rental books can be returned either online or in stores within 10 days of your last final exams. B&N won’t say exactly how many colleges and universities are offering the rental program, but hundreds of school are participating, the company says. Borders has a similar rental program, offering 1.4 million textbooks for sale online, including used textbooks for up to 90% off. Why rent? It might not be for everyone but increasingly, that’s the option of choice for college students trying to whittle down the nearly $667 a year they each have to ante up for required course materials, according to an estimate from the National Association of College Stores. Cengage Learning and Follett also offer textbook rentals.