The price of textbooks that students will use for a few months and undoubtedly never touch again has
risen 82%over the last decade alone.
We’re here to help.
With the growing popularity of e-books to online swap meets, there’s absolutely no reason to plop down big money for glossy hardbacks when you could be saving that cash for student loans down the road.
You can rent e-books as long as you need them (30 days is the minimum) and save up to 80% off the cover price. The best part about this service is that all your highlights and notes will still be available via their Cloud service even after you've returned your book. E-book lovers can download books to just about any device, including the iPad Kindle, Macs and PCs.
Ready to sell? Amazon's seller marketplace is seamless to use.
CEO Chuck Jones says they aren't offering e-books at the moment but since they don't charge customers for shipping costs, there's not much of a savings there anyway. And if you're really into highlighting the margins, Jones promises they're far more lenient in that regard.
This site has a huge inventory of books for rent and it recently launched an e-book rental service as well. You can download books to your account and access them anytime on the Web.
The only drawback is they're only available as streaming files, so you have to have an Internet connection to access them and they can't be downloaded.
They give you a 15-day late return grace period and offer three options for rentals: 55 days (summer), 130 days (semester) and 85 days (quarter). Extra perk: They're cool with highlighting fanatics, too.
This site is a bit different in that it charges a fee ($US8.95) for swapping services. If you sign up for a five-swap plan, that gets knocked down to $US7.99 per book.
But the cool part is every book you post for sale accrues points toward your account, which can then be applied to a book purchase. The points for each book are based on fair market value of the book, age and demand.
If you want to pass around textbooks and get a dose of philanthropy at the same time, check out Bookmooch.com.
This is a true swap site, in that you trade books with other users and get points for every book you give away. For each book you give, you can get one back in return and you only pay the cost of shipping. You can also request books from other countries and choose to donate points to charities.