Many students spend hundreds of dollars a semester on books, and just end up selling those books back to the campus bookstore for a fraction of what they originally paid. While its nice to get some cash back from a book you might not need in the future, the buying and selling process can be time consuming – and there’s no guarantee that your particular edition of the book will still be in demand at the end of the semester. Even when bookstores do buy back used textbooks, they often pay pennies on the dollar of what they originally charged you!
One alternative is to simply rent the textbooks in the first place. Instead of paying full price up front, you can save 65% to 85% of the cover price by agreeing to return the books when you’re finished with them. Even better: You can order textbooks for rent online through Chegg.com.
Semester rentals are 125 days, and there are other quarter-long and summer-length rental periods available as well. If you need an extension, you can also get 15 or 30 days added or another quarter/summer/semester period at a discount price. If that still isn’t enough time with a book you end up really enjoying, you can quickly and easily convert a rental into a purchase. Just make sure you take good care of the book and don’t wreck it!
There’s no fee to search for available books or to create an account, so be sure to check out how much the books you need cost online. Once you’ve got an account, you can order your books from the convenience of your computer and you can expect them to arrive shortly after that.