Textbook Company Review and Comparison of Textbooks.com and BookRenter
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Textbook Company Review and Comparison of Textbooks.com and BookRenter

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Going to college just keeps getting more expensive and states and colleges are once again raising their tuition costs. Not only is school and college expensive, so are the textbooks you will need for each class, each semester and all year. You go to the campus bookstore or maybe search all over for the best prices on books and textbooks and they are still very expensive to buy. And then when that particular class is over, you still own the book and have no need for it anymore. Possibly you are out of school already and have a good job, but you need to take more classes to keep up with the fast paced and ever changing job you now have. Once again you find yourself needing to buy more textbooks.

It would be less expensive and smarter to just rent the book or textbook you need and once you are done with the class, you can just send the book back. This is what these two companies do, rent books and textbooks. If you should want to own a certain textbook, you can buy them used at a discounted price.

Textbooks.com is online company located in Missouri that rents and sells used and new textbooks. They have many thousands of titles and many categories ranging from biology to psychology and their sub-categories.

#1 - Textbooks.com   http://www.textbooks.com

Textbooks.com is online company located in Missouri that rents and sells used and new textbooks. They have many thousands of titles and many categories ranging from biology to psychology and their sub-categories.

Pros:

  • An easy to use web site that shows you the top selling books in a given category. A list of all books in a certain category with new, used and rental prices listed.
  • Free shipping on orders over $25.
  • Returns on rented books are free.
  • They also carry eTextbooks
  • You can sell them textbooks that you own if they are in need of that book.
  • If you are not happy with your order, you can return the books within 30 days of the shipping date. New books you return must be in the shrink wrap and unopened.
  • Their rental period is one semester or 125 days. If you need the textbook longer, you can extend the rental period.
  • You have the option to buy a textbook after renting it.

Cons:

  • When you look at a textbook to rent, there is a disclaimer that CDs or access codes may not be included. That could certainly hinder your working with a textbook.
  • Not all of the textbooks I searched for are for rent, only used and new textbooks that you can buy.

Pricing:

I picked several textbooks for a comparison on rental prices for each company. The prices are as of today. These prices reflect the date they are due back, the rental price lessens as it gets closer to the end of the semester.

  • Microeconomics by Campbell by R. McConnell costs $57.49 to rent for 125 days.
  • Engineering Fluid Mechanics by Clayton T. Crowe costs $66.49 due back on June 1, 2012.
  • Human Physiology by Stuart Fox costs $73.99 to rent for 125 days.
  • Accounting Principles by Jerry J. Weygandt costs $67.49 for 125 days.
#2 - BookRenter   http://www.bookrenter.com

BookRenter.com is another online company located in California, where you can rent textbooks at good prices. BookRenter claims to have over 5 million titles.

Pros:

  • They have five different rental periods, 30, 45, 60, 90 and 125 day rental periods, all at different prices.
  • You can extend the rental period at any time.
  • You can return your textbooks within 21 days for any reason.
  • Returning your rented textbooks is always free.
  • BookRenters will buy your textbooks from you if it is a book they need.
  • They offer free ground shipping (3-7 business days) on all orders.

Cons:

  • Their rental books also have a disclaimer that states, CDs, workbooks and other supplemental items may not be with the rented book.

Pricing:

  • Microeconomics by Campbell by R. McConnell costs $46.98 to rent for 125 days
  • Engineering Fluid Mechanics by Clayton T. Crowe costs $66.36 due back on June 11, 2012.
  • Human Physiology by Stuart Fox costs $80.60 to rent for 125 days.
  • Accounting Principles by Jerry J. Weygandt costs $68.41 to rent for 125 days.
The Bottom Line

Renting textbooks can save you many hundreds of dollars per year and thousands of dollars during the four or more years of college and throughout your career. If you cannot find a book at one company the other one should have it, including older hard to find books and different editions. Both companies have their advantages with Textbooks.com having a marketplace that will show you different textbook rental prices that might be even cheaper. At BookRenter, you have the five different rental periods to choose from at different prices. Make sure you read their policies on returned items and the different shipping costs, they can change over time. Trying to get through college on a budget is not easy, and renting textbooks can really help.

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Comments (3)

Informative and well written review. Thanks

This is what I call an outstanding review.

Renting is logical as most college textbooks are out-of-date every few years so keeping them 'for reference' means that in several years, your 'source' is outdated. But returning the books for re-use allows for more students to learn the material closer to its relevancy.

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