According to the National Association of College Stores, every textbook dollar goes toward the expenses of the publishers, the author, shipping costs and the operations of the college store. (WRDW-TV / July 27, 2011)
Erin is a freshman at Troy University and even though she's new to the game, she understands that having to buy textbooks can break the bank.
So she opted for something different.
"I got my world literature book, and I also got some other books like computer concepts, but I rented my world lit book."
Renting college textbooks has become a new trend on campuses nationwide, mostly because students can save around 50-percent on a rented book.
"I saved more than 30 dollars. It was like 35 dollars to rent it, but it was like 70 to buy it."
"My friend actually told me that it's a whole lot cheaper."
"My sister's rented them and it works good for her."
The way it works?
Well, after paying the rental fee, the textbook is lent out for a full semester and then later returned, almost like a library book.
"It's easy. You just come back to the bookstore, drop them off, and you're done!"
"And while some students say that renting textbooks is easier and cheaper, some say, it's just not for them."
"If I rent the book, then I'd have to return it, and then I wouldn't be able to refer back it, so I'd kinda be stuck."
"I really didn't like renting books to be honest. Yes, it was cheaper on a pro side, but the con side was that I view books as something I can look back to as a reference that you may need. I'm going back to graduate school and I actually need some of my undergrad books for a reference."
So when looking for college textbooks, just know that there are choices out there.
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