Cheap Online Textbook Rentals Sites

7/18/2012 04:55:00 PM ·

I’ve been renting textbooks for the past four years from an array of textbook websites. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of textbooks that I have purchased and kept on my bookshelf for further reading, but for the most part, I tend to sell them back at the end of the semester. Yet, renting textbooks seems to be the best options for any student trying to budget their first year in college. So why do I rent? Well let us consider the reasons:

  • Renting textbooks has virtually saved me hundreds of dollars over the past few years
  • Buying textbooks new is expensive
  • Selling them back is a huge hassle
  • Returns for new or used purchased books are typically never free
  • Your items are often lost in the mail because they are not sent from a trusted source
  • Items received are often damaged
  • When you sell them back, most often you will receive less than half as much as what you originally paid
Here are three of the best textbook rental sites that use!


Chegg claims to be the #1 textbook resource on the Internet. They offer customers a 21 Day Satisfaction Guarantee and 14 Days for eTextbooks, just in case you are unsatisfied with your purchase, or you just don’t the book. Not only do they save students over $400.00 a year in textbook fees, but also for every purchase you make on Chegg, $1.00 gets donated. You can feel really great knowing that your purchase will lead to the planting of another tree in American Forests.


Bookrenter is very similar in Chegg in that they offer a 21-Day Satisfaction Guarantee, user friendly search interface, and Free returns. All you have to do is pack up your textbooks and packing slip inside the box and ship it off with the free return label. Also, and this is just one of my favorite aspects of this site, they offer 5 different rental periods-30 to 125 days. If you need more time, you can always extend your rental!


Coursesmart textbook rental site allows me to store my rented electronic eBooks on a virtual bookshelf for 90-160 days, depending on the license that I purchase. It’s also extremely user friendly and their selection of titles in quite diverse. Coursesmart is also the leader in textbooks and digital course materials. As an avid customer of this site, I can certainly agree that they have an excellent interface.

The Truth

As a fulltime student for the past four years, I have found the best way to save on textbooks, especially at the graduate level, is renting. The idea of returning a book instead of trying to find a company to buy it back is much more convenient, and essentially much less money spent in the long run. It just makes more sense to rent!

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