Gone are the days when paying through the nose is the only option for students who need textbooks, now students can rent textbooks from Amazon.com. While renting textbooks is not a new idea, the ability to do so through Amazon offers an attractive, easy, and simple textbook rental option, especially since so many students already have Amazon accounts.
Through Amazon’s textbook rental program, students can rent books for up to 130 days at a time. Students with Amazon Prime or Amazon Student (which is Amazon Prime, but students get the first 6 months of free two-day shipping at no cost) will get two-day shipping to receive the book, with free return shipping. Those who do not have Amazon Prime or Amazon Student will have regular Amazon shipping options. Students can extend their rental period by 15 days, or even renew the rental period for another semester, if more time is needed with the book. Students can also opt to purchase the textbook if, at any time during their rental period, they decide they want to keep the book permanently.
Students will receive either new or used textbooks, depending on availability, but any books that are rentals are promised to be in good condition. Alternatively, rental books that are returned to Amazon in unacceptable condition will result in the student being charged the full purchase price of the book. Unacceptable rental textbook conditions include:
- Excessive highlighting or writing
- Water damage including: pages that are swollen, wavy or discolored, stained or crinkled
- Strong odors such as cigarette or mildew
- Broken binding or spine
- Missing, loose or torn pages
- Torn or taped cover
- Smoke or fire damage
The textbook rental program through Amazon is currently only available to ship textbooks to the continental United States, Hawaii and Alaska. But if you are within those areas, this is a great opportunity!
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