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Kindle lets students rent textbooks

2011-07-19 08:13

San Francisco - Amazon.com has begun letting students rent textbooks on Kindle electronic readers.

Kindle Textbook Rentals lets students pay based on how long they want to use textbooks, with periods ranging from 30 days to 360 days.

Renting a digital version of textbooks on a Kindle for a month can save students as much as 80% of the price of buying the works, according to Amazon Kindle vice president Dave Limp.

"Students tell us that they enjoy the low prices we offer on new and used print textbooks," Limp said.

"Now we're excited to offer students an option to rent Kindle textbooks and only pay for the time they need," he continued.

Amazon boasted having tens of thousands of digitized textbooks at amazon.com/kindletextbooks from publishers such as John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis.

Margin notes and highlights added to rented textbooks will be saved on servers in the "Amazon Cloud" to let students access them anew when they renew, according to Limp.

Rented Kindle Textbooks can be read on many devices including iPads, smartphones, computers, and iPod touch devices.

Comments
  • Exoteric - 2011-07-19 08:51

    As a Kindle owner i know how it can change your reading habits for the better, more access to more people how can that be anything other than great news!

      daaivark - 2011-07-19 08:59

      Provided one has the money to purchase the actual reader, yes.

      Cynical Sci - 2011-07-19 11:16

      My problem is that I often fall asleep reading in bed (especially if it's a biochemistry journal), I'm too afraid I'd roll over and break my reader if I got one. But yes, I'd love one. I even think it would make my petrol economy improve as I'd have a lot less heavy paperwork to take back home on my bike ;-)

      Afro-nut - 2011-07-19 12:18

      @Daaivark, I've just bought 4 text books (2 were second hand) for my daughter that cost more than the Kindle that I bought for my girlfriend.

  • Melanie Walsh - 2011-07-19 11:13

    What a great idea. So instead of spending thousands of Rands on textbooks students can spend about R1200 for a kindle and rent the books. Far cheaper.

  • TheRealist - 2011-07-19 13:19

    Now pirates can get an education too!

  • OZNOB - 2011-07-19 23:17

    a good idea if i ever heard onr though it won't do the publishers any good

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-07-20 10:19

    no need to photocopy textbook any more

  • melvin.rautenbach - 2011-07-20 11:01

    You can download kindle readers for mac, windows and ubuntu, and others for free from the amazon site. As long as you have a computer you can read any kindle file. Every child from grade 6 should be issued with a kindle with a year's worth of reading on it. This would revolutionise education. And it is a lot cheaper than supplying textbooks to schools.

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