Is it significantly cheaper to rent textbooks than to buy textbooks?
You can save somewhere between 30% and 50% if you rent
How long a period can I rent textbooks for?
Rental periods range from 50 to 135 days. You can extend
your textbook rental period if you need it longer than anticipated.
Can I buy my rented books if I want to keep them?
When you rent books, you can purchase them at the end of
the rental period if you choose.
Will I get to choose the book format if I rent textbooks?
The rental company chooses the format. That means you could
get hardcover, softcover, or instructor edition textbooks.
Will all the additional materials be included with my rental textbooks?
Not all materials are necessarily included. So expect the
textbook itself, and nothing in addition.
Do all the textbook rental vendors work the same way?
Each textbook rental company has slightly different terms. Make sure to read their conditions and requirements for returning the book.
Can I write or take notes in a rented textbook?
You can only highlight or modify a book with certain companies.
Be careful here, as damaged or destroyed books must be paid in
Are there any other ways to avoid just buying books?
One option is guaranteed buyback-- Chegg.com and
Textbooks.com offer programs to guarantee buyback of the books you
buy from them. At the time of purchase, you can see the buyback price,
and know what your total cost of book usage will be.