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Amazon to Offer Textbook Rentals


July 19, 2011
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Online behemoth Amazon.com has announced plans to allow students to rent textbooks through its Kindle service. According to the company, renters can save up to 80 percent compared to purchasing the physical book.

Users can choose the exact length of a rental, from 30 days to a full year. Rentals can then be extended by the day if needed, or converted into a purchase.

“Students tell us that they enjoy the low prices we offer on new and
used print textbooks. Now we’re excited to offer students an option to
rent Kindle textbooks and only pay for the time they need–with savings
up to 80% off the print list price on a 30-day rental,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle.

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Students can also take notes and make annotations, which can be saved and synced across multiple devices. Notes can be accessed even after a rental expires.

Publishers such as John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis have signed on to provide eBook content for this initiative. At the moment, the rental service is not available to Canadians.


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