Here’s a way to find cheap college textbooks: rent them.
This seems so logical, but it’s taken an awfully long time for the idea of renting used college textbooks to take root.
At least a couple of companies are now renting cheap college textbooks to students who are eager to shrink their book tab.
According to the article, here’s how Chegg.com works:
With demand for good deals on textbooks running high, Chegg’s success comes in large part from being able to address those inefficiencies. While Chegg primarily rents books, it is also essentially acting as a kind of “market maker,” gathering books from sellers at the end of a semester and renting — or sometimes selling — them to other students at the start of a new one. That provides liquidity to the market…
If you’re wondering why college textbooks are so expensive – a single book can easily cost $150 or more – I wrote a blog explaining the phenomenon earlier this year.
Learn more about cutting the cost of college by reading my book, The College Solution. Lynn O’Shaughnessy