College expenses stretch beyond tuition and housing costs. Many college courses require the purchase of textbooks. To save money, students may share books or purchase used books from a college bookstore. However, you can also choose to rent your textbooks. There are many advantages to renting a textbook instead of purchasing a new or used copy.
Many students enjoy the option of owning a textbook because they can make notes, highlight and fold the pages of the book as needed when studying. The idea of renting a book and having to maintain its pristine condition may seem like an inconvenience. However, many textbook rental companies allow you to highlight in the pages.
Many college dormitories and apartments are very small. Collecting masses of college textbooks can be a burden. Many textbooks are thick and heavy, which can make them a chore to lift and store. Renting a textbook helps you keep small amounts of books at a time. Ship the books back to the retailer for little to no shipping cost and save much-needed storage space.
Renting your textbooks can mean paying a fraction of the cost of a new textbook. Textbooks are commonly rented by the semester, quarter or summer. If you decide you want to keep the textbook, you pay only the remaining balance on the textbook.
With floods of students entering the bookstore during the first few weeks of school, campus bookstores occasionally run out of inventory. Textbook rental websites have large inventories of books on all subjects. Renting your textbook can mean having all your books in time for the first day of class.
Renting vs. Buying Textbooks
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