With college classes back in session, the practice of renting textbooks is gaining popularity as students try to trim costs that are getting outrageous.
As a textbook author, let me say this idea does not thrill me, but as a bill-paying parent I see the attraction.
The Philadelphia Inquirer said this is a hot campus trend:
” ‘It’s the biggest, hottest thing this year in college bookstores,’ said Frank Henninger, director of Villanova’s campus bookstore. Last year, his shop rented not a single book. This year, it’s renting 620 titles through a partnership with a national leader in the textbook rental business, Chegg.com.
” ‘This groundswell of mass numbers of college bookstores renting books occurred like a rogue wave,’ he said.
“In just two years, the number of campus bookstores offering rentals has jumped from a few dozen to 1,500, according to the National Association of College Stores. Read more