How to Save on Textbooks: ebook and Physical Textbook Rentals

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imageIf you’re in nursing school you are already aware of just how expensive text books are. But did you know that you have save money by renting your textbooks? Not only can you save money, but you can also decrease they amount of books you have to lug around by renting ebook versions of your needed texts. Your shoulders and back will thank you for that. 

Have you ever thought about renting your textbooks instead of purchasing?

If you’re thinking about it, you need to check out sites like http://www.valorebooks.com/ to get an idea how much you can benefit from just renting textbooks.

Do you sell your books back at the end of each semester? Or do you hold onto them?

Many college students have the desire to hang on to their textbooks after they have completed the associated class. Perhaps they think they might have the need to reference the material again. Perhaps they do not want to face the crowds at the college bookstore only to be told they’re book is worth drastically less than they were expecting. Or in a more severe scenario they are told they’re book cannot be bought back. And take it from me, after you’ve waited in line with a heavy load of books, only to be told nearly all of them are being replaced, and therefore cannot be bought back, it will make you think twice about dealing with the college bookstore ever again.

Some of you are probably reading this right now thinking about that stack of textbooks in your basement that are collecting dusk. If you could go back and do it over again would you rent your textbooks instead?

imageAmazon.com gives greater flexibility to how you obtain your textbooks. Many books are available for rental via ebook. But if you’re more a pen an paper type studier, Amazon has recently introduced the ability to rent physical copies of textbooks.

From Amazon.com:

Rent your textbooks this year and save up to 70%. With our flexible rental program, you can keep your textbooks for a semester. And when it comes time to send your books back, we’ll pay for return shipping. All this means more money in your pocket for the things in life that can’t be learned from a book.

The Amazon Prime membership is available for college students for $40 a year. The Amazon Prime membership will get you free 2-day shipping on most textbooks available (if you don’t want the ebook version, of course). 

So save yourself some money and time and rent your textbooks from Amazon.com. If you can rent an eBook, DO IT! You’ll be saving yourself carrying bulky heavy textbooks. With a lightweight ebook reader or tablet you’ll have access to your textbooks at all times so that you can pop it out and study with the quickness.

And you don’t have to own just a kindle to take advantage of ebooks from Amazon. There is a free kindle app for both Mac and Windows. There are also free apps available for iPhone, iPad, Android Smartphones and Tablets, and many other mobile devices.

While Amazon.com are not the only retailer that offers textbook rentals, they are the preferred among many (this blogger included). This is because of their great policy on returns, easy and intuitive shopping experience, and wide range of products offer free shipping (if over $25 or with an Amazon Prime membership).

Here’s a bonus tip for college students:

Tablets and laptops are essential in college. Many even use them to take their notes in class. But if you’re anything like me, you may find that you learn best by writing your notes out while in class and reviewing that information later. If you own a tablet, you scan in your notes from class into PDF (via your computer or via a scanning app like JotNot Scanner Pro) and you can use your tablet to consolidate your schoolwork and take it all with you on the go.

Have you ever rented textbooks?

What do you think of ebook technology and using tablets for textbooks?

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