How many textbooks do you read each month? How many do you need per semester? How about for an entire academic year? And for each book, how much do you spend to order it?
When it comes to textbooks, prices are usually at least three figures (not counting the cents or the figures beyond the decimal point). If you need ten books, that translates to at least four figures. For ordinary students, that cost is certainly a great drain to their pockets.
However, you can do something about it. One solution is to reduce the number of books to buy and just visit the school library more often than should be. But hey, that seems impractical as you might need these books always. Another solution is to look for secondhand books. But still, used books are not that affordable.
A much better, if not the best, option is to rent for books online. Yes, rent your books online, not just on your small local bookstores where they might not be available. There are several book rental service providers you can find on the worldwide web. They certainly offer very reasonable rental fees, cutting your budget tremendously, some to at least 50%.
For example, Textbooks.com offers such service of book rental. Let us say you wish to rent a copy of the fifth edition of the book “Principles of Refrigeration” by Roy J. Dossat and Thomas J. Horan. New copies are currently not available at the site, but used or secondhand copies are sold at $114.99 (with free shipping). Yet, a rent can only cost you $54.49. That is around 53% savings! At Amazon.com, list price of a new copy of the book is worth $176.00. But at Textbooks.com, it is $121.51 or 69% cheaper.
Another popular book rental site is Campus Book Rentals. With them, rental of the same book by Dossat only costs $57.75-$66.38, depending on the length of time you need the book. That is around 62-67% savings against a new copy.
These sites are only two of the dozens where you can find the textbooks you needed. Other good advantage is that these sites have an extensive collection of books, offering you with good materials about any subject matter. What you need is just via few clicks and few seconds. Renting also saves you from storing the bulk of your books in your storage space – books which you will also have to dispose of and give away in the future.