Schools across the country are adopting new ways for students to acquire their textbooks in more eco-friendly ways that reduce the need for paper products.
Students can buy used books, sell their old texts after completing the course, rent the books they need for the semester or even purchase e-books to eliminate the use of paper altogether.
Rather than tossing books at the end of a semester, or having them collect dust on a bookshelf, students can typically sell back used books; most university bookstores offer 50% of the current selling price for buy-backs.
Sites like BookRenter.com now give students the opportunity to rent textbooks. Even though it may cost $50 to rent a text for a semester, or $30 for a monthlong rental, BookRenter.com claims that, compared to buying new books, renting can save some students as much as $500 a semester.
Another site students can take advantage of is Chegg.com. With Chegg, students can also rent textbooks with free return shipping. Plus, Chegg plants a tree for every book users rent, sell or buy, and rental costs range from about 10% of list price to about 30%.
With the amount of reading college students are expected to complete every year, renting out textbooks or buying used books and selling them back is not only a smarter idea to eliminate waste, but also a definitely better option for a student budget.
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