Amazon.com Launches Print Textbook Rental Program in U.S.
While Amazon has offered digital rentals of textbooks for more than a year, this new initiative will cater to students who feel more comfortable with old-fashioned paper books for studying. It also increases Amazon’s rental selection substantially because many tomes are not yet available as e-books.
Most of the textbook options Amazon offers for rent cost between $30 to $60. Rentals are by the semester (130 days) and there’s free shipping back and forth for delivery. Physical rentals are only available in the U.S.
As a courtesy to future customers, we ask that you limit your writing and highlighting to a minimal amount. If we determine that the book is no longer in acceptable rental condition when you return it, including because of excessive writing or highlighting, you will be charged the full purchase price, less any rental fees and extension fees you have already paid, and we will ship the book back to you to keep.
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