Amazon to Chegg, BookRenter: Nice Knowin Ya …

Published on August 6, 2012
by John Paczkowski

Amazon’s Kindle textbook rental service now has a dead-tree counterpart. The retailer on Monday began offering rentals through its textbook store. Titles are offered for rental in 130 day increments with an allowance for a single 15-day extension. Pricing seems to fall in the $30-$60 range, with Amazon picking up the cost of return shipping and claiming an overall savings for students of up to 70 percent. Tough break for textbook rental services Chegg and BookRenter, which must now go head to head with a behemoth of a competitor.

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