As an undergrad, I majored in history. If you are (or were) a history major, you know this very well: every class requires about a dozen books. So many books! And often they’re expensive books too. Then I went onto grad school where I studied Information Science. Once again, I found myself buying several books for each class. They really have a way of adding up, don’t they? Spending hundreds of dollars on textbooks each semester is the last thing you need as a college student. And then when you try to sell them back? “We can offer you $5.” So you take your sad $5 bill and use it to wipe away your tears as you think about all the money you wasted on books about colonial Libya and the geography of Antarctica.
But this sad scenario doesn’t have to be the case anymore. Enter CampusBookRentals.com. What is CampusBookRentals.com, you ask? Well, it just might be the greatest thing since sliced bread (or ramen noodles) if you’re a college student! With CampusBookRentals.com, you can save 40-90% off campus bookstore prices. (Yes, up to 90%!) Shipping your books to you is free and CampusBookRentals.com also covers the cost of shipping back to them when the semester is over. They offer flexible renting periods and you can even highlight your textbooks if that’s how you roll. (I was definitely a highlighter. I even color-coded my highlights.)
So how does it work? Simply go to CampusBookRentals.com and search for your textbooks by entering the ISBN, title, author, or keyword into the big can’t-miss-it search box on the landing page. Select the book you want from the results and choose whether you want a semester, quarter, or summer rental period. (Need a little extra time? You can get an extension too, although you already get a 15 day grace period with each rental.) If you realize you made a horrible mistake in choosing that class on Ancient Greek medicine, no worries–you have a 30 day period to get a refund in case you drop a class. And if you really really love your textbooks, you can purchase them too.
What else is there to say? Well, there’s this: for each textbook rented through CampusBookRentals.com, a donation is made to Operation Smile through their 2011 Making A Difference Program. (Each year, CampusBookRentals.com chooses a charity or cause to partner with–how awesome is that? You can read more about it here.) They have committed to donating enough money to cover a minimum of 1000 surgeries. These surgeries help correct cleft lips and palates in children, which aren’t only a cosmetic issue, but cause problems with eating, speaking, and socialization. Without Operation Smile, many of these children would never have the opportunity (or resources) for this surgery.
So clearly, CampusBookRentals.com is the place to go for all your textbook needs. Not only do you save money, but you can help a good cause too. It’s a win-win situation.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by CampusBookRentals.com, but all opinions are my own.