Renting textbooks

In the New York Times, an article about that rents textbooks to students. Actually, this is pretty much what happens anyway with textbooks being used and then sold on the second-hand market. This company just makes it easier to undertake that transaction without risk — especially edition risk. Interestingly, there is only so much in savings you can get.

A macroeconomics textbook that retails for $122 was available on Chegg for $65 for one semester; an organic chemistry title retailing for $123 was offered for $33. (Round-trip shipping can add $4 to a book.)

That said, many economics textbooks are out of date before they are printed so save where you can.

2 thoughts on “Renting textbooks”

  1. This is one of those bizarre inexplicapable issues. The One Laptop Per Child program has caused a minor upset in areas of the developing world where their laptops are distributed because the schools no longer require printed texts – they use e-texts and are thus in advance of our own knowledge sharing in this respect. Admittedly we are talking about only a very small proportion of the world’s students, but still. . .


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