Amazon Announces Kindle Textbook Rental

by Greg on July 18, 2011

Amazon has just announced Kindle Textbook Rental. Students can save up to 80% on their textbooks with low rental prices and flexible rental periods of any length – between 30 and 360 days. This way students only need to pay for the amount of time that they actually need the book.

Read more about Kindle Textbook Rental here

“Students tell us that they enjoy the low prices we offer on new and used print textbooks. Now we’re excited to offer students an option to rent Kindle textbooks and only pay for the time they need–with savings up to 80% off the print list price on a 30-day rental,” said Dave Limp, vice president, Amazon Kindle.

With this service, margin notes and highlighted passages are stored for viewing anywhere and anytime even after expiration of the rental period. Of course, the textbooks can be read using any of the Kindle apps on all of the devices that are supported (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Android-based devices).

Rental periods can be extended by increments as small as one day or the student can purchase the book at any time.

Amazon had this to say:
“We’ve done a little something extra we think students will enjoy,” continued Limp. “Normally, when you sell your print textbook at the end of the semester you lose all the margin notes and highlights you made as you were studying. We’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you get to keep and access all of your notes and highlighted content in the Amazon Cloud, available anytime, anywhere – even after a rental expires. If you choose to rent again or buy at a later time, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”

Kindle Textbook Rental

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