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Digital Textbooks Are Rising in Popularity Among College Students

The Kno Digital TextbookIf you are buying all of your textbooks in the paper version, you are part of a dwindling group. According to Boston.com, digital versions of textbooks are a growing trend, fueled by the cheaper cost of digital books and the convenience of these educational tools.

“There’s been a boom in digital titles this year,” said Miguel Suarez, the general manager of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s campus bookstore. Suarez said that the percentage of textbooks that are available in the digital format has increased to 25 percent this year; it was only 10 percent last year.

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Textbook Price Comparison for Renting, Buying or Shopping Online

Lately there has been a lot of debate concerning the best way to procure your textbooks for the next semester.

“Is it better to buy from your school’s bookstore?“

“How about an online site, like Half.com or Amazon?”

“What about renting? That’s the latest trend, right?”

I really was not sure what I was going to do this semester. My parents are making me pay for all of my books, so I definitely want to go the cheapest route possible.

I decided the best plan of attack would be to make a chart to compare my options.  I found out which books I will be taking next semester, and here’s what I came up with.

In three out of four cases, renting textbooks from Chegg.com is the cheapest option. However, the downside to renting my books is that I cannot keep them after I am done with them. Sometimes, this would make me really sad because – contrary to popular belief – some college books are actually kind of cool. However, this is not the norm, so I guess saying “adios” to my books at the end of the semester wouldn’t be too bad. Read the rest of this entry »



Barnes & Noble Allows Students to Rent Textbooks

barnes and noblesMove over Chegg.com. Barnes & Noble is entering the textbook rental arena.

Barnes & Noble is the largest bookstore chain in the country and has been the top selling chain for the past six years. Barnes & Noble sells most of its books through its almost 800 bookstores. However, its quickly growing website also offers over one million titles, and a new line of campus bookstores called Barnes & Noble College Bookstores operates at 636 colleges and universities.

So obviously, Barnes & Noble is a big company. And now, in an effort to help students combat the rising cost of college textbooks, Barnes & Noble is starting to rent its textbooks.

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