Amazon Announces Textbook Renting Service for KindleCategory: Gadgets
Posted: July 18, 2011 11:34AM
If you're in college or university, odds are you've spent hundreds of dollars on textbooks for your classes. If you have an Amazon Kindle, you can save a little bit of cash by getting a digital version of your textbook, if available. Now, Amazon is announcing a textbook renting service for the Kindle that will see discounts of up to 80%. The discount varies depending on how long you rent the book for, between 30 and 360 days, and it looks like thousands of textbooks now have the renting option. Publishers like John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier, and Taylor & Francis are on board, so hopefully we'll see a larger variety of textbooks available for rent. Any book you rent can have the rental period extended at any time, so if you need that book for just one more day, you can do so. You can also purchase any textbook you are currently renting, though if it will be a discounted or full price wasn't announced. Any annotations you make on the textbooks will be saved via Whispersync, even after the rental period expires, so you won't need to redo any notes you've taken in the book across any supported device.