Lets file this in the “ooh, I wish I had this when I was in school!” department: textbook rentals!
One of the major pains involved with going to college or university is textbooks. Yes they’re required and they happen to be chock full of interesting information that support the curricula, but buying, using and then selling college textbooks is a pain in the arse. I remember having to pay hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars each trimester to acquire books. This especially sucked for the books where only a chapter or two were referenced, leaving the rest of the book siting idle.
Nowadays, students have it EASY with a new announcement brought by Amazon.com. Thanks to Amazon.com and the Kindle platform, students can now RENT textbooks electronically. Amazon is claiming that students can save up to 80% off list prices by accessing texts in the Kindle store. Textbooks can be rented for anywehre from 30-360 days and magically, books will be synced across devices using Kindle’s Whispersync technology.
So, now in addition to buying regular books on Amazon for the Kindle, students can use otherwise disposable textbooks (I’m sure a few will buy a textbook every now and then) and only get access to them as they are needed.
I love the fact that the books can be synced across devices. That way, if a student has an iPad plus a laptop and maybe even an iPod Touch, the text is accessible across multiple devices, which is amazing, in my book (pun intended).
For those interested, be sure to check out Kindle Textbook Rental.