Textbooks: Purchase vs. Rent

by Notorious Spinks on 06.14.2012

text book rentals

Text book rentals are becoming trendy these days.  Especially when so many people are returning to college to learn new skills or update their current skill sets. However, when considering going back to college you must budget in textbooks.  I’ve seen books for more than $200.  Good googily mooli!

I recently asked some of my friends who are in college how they afford their textbooks.  I was surprised to learn that many of them already rented their books.  Were have I been? In all honesty, I never even considered this option.  I usually just buy the books and keep it moving.

As I continued to think about it,  renting textbooks would have been great when I was in undergrad.  For instance, I took a Media Law class.  As you know the law changes everyday and with the onset of new media and social media, the game is changing everyday for sure. It would have been great to rent that book instead of buying.  Some of the information as far as historical cases are still usable somewhat, unless one of those ole justices decide to change the law…  I won’t even start on them.

If you’re in college or looking to enroll then you should definitely consider renting textbooks.  It saves money and the pain of not being able to sell them back.

Have you ever tried renting textbooks?  How did it work out for you?

 

 

 

 

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  • http://www.girlsbestfriendandcoblog.com TheFashionistachic

    Renting is probably becoming popular because many publishers are moving to digital books. My daughter is in a private high school, many of the students purchased an ipad and they just get it on their ipad. So this renting trend is probably to off-set the inevitable of hard copies becoming obsolete.

  • http://momonreview.com/ Amanda

    My husband rented when he went back to college last year and we saved a TON!

  • http://www.booksnobwannabe.com Book Snob Wannabe

    I love renting my books, but my only criteria is that it has to be a book that has nothing to do with my concentration.

    What I found interesting last semester (Spr 12), was that I can now rent textbooks on my kindle! Yeah! Now I do not have to carry around heavy books.

  • http://www.shibleysmiles.com Colleen

    I think renting textbooks would be a great idea I would only want to buy one if I think I will use it a lot down the road for reference.

  • http://www.faithandfamilyreviews.com Theresa

    Considering I have eight kids I think we are going to look into textbook renting. :)

  • http://wordsmosaic.com Jennifer C.

    I know someone who rented and it worked for him. However, because I am studying early childhood education, I reference my previous textbooks in the papers I have to write. I also cannot use books that look like they’ve been touched by every germ in the world. I hate to see my pages bent. I hope it works for you.

  • http://www.anutinanutshell.com Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    My kids tried, but they never had luck finding the textbooks they needed. :(

  • http://www.doubledutymommy.com Jennifer

    I think renting text books is way better than buying them

  • http://amomsimpression.com Kathy

    No, I haven’t but it is a great idea. I wonder if they will have them available for e-readers here soon?

  • http://sweettmakesthree.com Jenn

    I didn’t know you could rent them! Anything is probably better than buying new. Yikes!

  • http://www.juststopscreaming.com Toni @ A Daily Dose

    I am not sure if I would want to rent b/c I like to underline and highlight but it would be a neat option so you are out less money

  • http://www.thenightowlmama.com Tricia Nightowlmama

    I never thought to rent. I always purchased used or new then sold them back to the book store when i was done

  • http://www.upstateramblings.com Anne

    My daughter rented one this year for college, and it worked out well. She was even allowed to highlight it.

  • http://ohmyveggies.com Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

    I wish I could have done this when I was in school! I always had to buy mine and then of course, when you try to sell them back, they either don’t want them or they pay you pennies on the dollar for them.

  • http://www.tothemotherhood.com HilLesha

    They are expensive, so this is a great idea!

  • http://www.champagneliving.net Zipporah Sandler

    Wish this was available when my son went to college.

  • http://www.carolinamomblogger.com/ Tammy

    I think renting is a great way to save money.

  • http://www.notquitesusie.com Shell Fruscione

    I rented every textbook I could in college! I had to pay my own everything so it was a life saver being able to save a few hundred dollars a semester & put it toward other bills!

  • http://strangedayzeindeed.blogspot.com/ debra @strangedazeindeed

    I think it’s a wonderful idea! So economical.

  • http://www.mommyenterprises.com/moms-blog Stefani

    I have never rented a book, but from the library years ago. I think its a great idea for those that are looking to save on books.

  • http://www.remakingjunecleaver.com Kenda @ Remaking June Cleaver

    We didn’t have a rental option when I was in college – I wish we had. I remember being broke every semester because they were just so expensive.

  • http://mamaof3munchkins.blogspot.com/ Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins

    I’m definitely going to look into renting books, it sounds so much cheaper.

  • http://www.courtneyssweets.com Courtney

    Many of my friends actually rent or borrow books.. Smart thinking.

  • http://www.agirlworthsaving.net Kelly

    wow, I didn’t know you could rent textbooks. Back in my day, I didn’t even have the option of buying used textbooks online so that’s pretty awesome that this service is available.

  • http://mommyhastowork.com Anne – Mommy Has to Work

    My stepson says renting is the way to go!

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