Textbook renting for students heading to Amazon Kindle

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Starting university can be tough on your wallet; if you’re not paying tuition fees, you’re buying rounds for people you’ve just met at the student union, and that’s before you’ve even thought about all the text books you’re going to need.

Amazon may have a plan to save your pennies though. They’re preparing to launch a new textbook renting scheme that could see students save as much as 80% on list prices for dusty tomes.

The Kindle Textbook Rental service will allow you to rent books for between 30 and 360 days at a time, available across all Kindle formats including dedicated e-readers, apps and desktop software. Publishers John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis are among the textbook titans already on board, while Whispersync notes will be accessible forever, even once a book has been returned.

Click here for the full details. It seems to be a US-only initiative at the moment, though you should be able to circumvent that by setting up an American Amazon account.

Gerald Lynch