24 Aug '11, 2pm

Rented & Used Textbooks Cheaper Than Digital Nearly Every Time

Rented & Used Textbooks Cheaper Than Digital Nearly Every Time

Specifically, "it found that for about 81% of these books, renting a paper version was the cheapest available option. Used paper book prices beat out rental fees about 11% of the time, and ebooks, which like rentals are usually sold for use during a 130- or 180-day period, had the most affordable price in about 8% of cases," reports Mashable. While many schools are considering the switch to tablet devices as a way to streamline classroom materials -- and indeed some major schools such as Princeton and Notre Dame have tested out tablet devices and ereaders -- it seems as though it might note be the most cost effective solution quite yet. It's a little counterintuitive, since we expect digital versions of things to be less expensive than their physical counterparts. "Campusbooks.com CEO Jeff Cohen says that prices across all book formats shift frequently and that etextbooks ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/renting-used-text...

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