More stores rent out textbooks for college | The Columbus Dispatch

A growing number of Ohio college stores are renting textbooks to students, touting the possible savings. Read more

Since: Jul 10

Columbus, OH

#1 Nov 27, 2010
Higher education has become a rip-off.
debh

Columbus, OH

#2 Nov 27, 2010
As the parent of two college students, the cost book are a HUGE rip-off! My two try to buy used books but sometimes they can't so we have to pay hundreds of dollars, many times the professors hardly work from the books, then they try to re-sell them and get maybe $5.00. It's terrible. Maybe rental is the better option.
DMR

Knoxville, TN

#3 Nov 27, 2010
The article fails to mention that Specialty Books is owned by Nebraska Books.
Ohio U Student

Columbus, OH

#4 Nov 27, 2010
For the past three years ( between CSCC and Ohio U ) I have been renting all of my books for an average of 200 per full time quarter from Chegg,com. Its worked pretty well. This quarter system really helped the book store as well because you needed a different book every 10 weeks ( a high turnover) After the colleges go to semesters , who knows what the Bookstores will do. They have that crap rigged as good as the banks do on the credit cards.
cheeze its

Powell, OH

#6 Nov 27, 2010
i am also a current student but do not suffer from ridiculous textbook prices. i buy the india versions of the textbooks for approximately 25% of the cost of the identical "american" version.

“Queen of my domain”

Since: May 10

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#7 Nov 27, 2010
Ohio U Student wrote:
For the past three years ( between CSCC and Ohio U ) I have been renting all of my books for an average of 200 per full time quarter from Chegg,com. Its worked pretty well. This quarter system really helped the book store as well because you needed a different book every 10 weeks ( a high turnover) After the colleges go to semesters , who knows what the Bookstores will do. They have that crap rigged as good as the banks do on the credit cards.
The bookstores do just fine during semesters. My kids all went to schools on the semester calendar and I did too. What I did with the kids was to turn around and re-sell their books on Amazon, and often got MORE than what the bookstores would payback for used.(Of course, the kids had to keep the books in good condition.) You wouldn't believe the demand for a number of textbooks in good condition on Amazon--the reason the prices are high it seems is because there is often a limited supply and profs write books as a condition of their tenure. Plus I remember the experience of having bought books that a series of classes stated they used the same book only to turn around and find out the next term that the prof required the "updated" version and I'd be a version behind. Ugh!!!

Text book rental would be a good thing in my estimation. How often are you going to refer back to that economics book you couldn't resell once you're through with the course work? I had a couple of accounting and other text books from college that are way outdated that I couldn't sell. No good for anyone, ended up having to throw them away.
George

Columbus, OH

#8 Nov 27, 2010
cheeze its wrote:
i am also a current student but do not suffer from ridiculous textbook prices. i buy the india versions of the textbooks for approximately 25% of the cost of the identical "american" version.
Now, even though that makes total economic sense, it advances the argument on how and why many American jobs will NEVER come back no matter what the next dear leader of our state will attempt.
Ohio U Student

Columbus, OH

#9 Nov 27, 2010
gokeefe wrote:
<quoted text>
The bookstores do just fine during semesters. My kids all went to schools on the semester calendar and I did too. What I did with the kids was to turn around and re-sell their books on Amazon, and often got MORE than what the bookstores would payback for used.(Of course, the kids had to keep the books in good condition.) You wouldn't believe the demand for a number of textbooks in good condition on Amazon--the reason the prices are high it seems is because there is often a limited supply and profs write books as a condition of their tenure. Plus I remember the experience of having bought books that a series of classes stated they used the same book only to turn around and find out the next term that the prof required the "updated" version and I'd be a version behind. Ugh!!!
Text book rental would be a good thing in my estimation. How often are you going to refer back to that economics book you couldn't resell once you're through with the course work? I had a couple of accounting and other text books from college that are way outdated that I couldn't sell. No good for anyone, ended up having to throw them away.
I've done the Amazon bit as well, but when you have to deal with multiple parties just to buy and sell books, sometimes , not all , it gets to be a pain. I've had some homegrown books written by the professors just to try to circumvent the book frenzy only to come out with a crappy written book. Just like anything in life, there is good, bad, and horrible.
Daniel

Salt Lake City, UT

#10 Nov 27, 2010
Renting textbooks online is a super good option that I have stumbled on to. I have checked out a few different options and am definitely going to try out TextbookStop.com this next semester; their prices seem even better than my college bookstore rental options.
Van Wert Val

Van Wert, OH

#11 Nov 27, 2010
The problem I seem to be having is that not only do I have to buy an expensive book, I also have to to buy an access code for an online program to "suppliment" the class.
Larry

Reynoldsburg, OH

#12 Nov 27, 2010
I like to suggest that the schools themselves make the books available as part of the course and you will get a credit when book is returned depending on it's condition. If nothing else it brings some competition into the mix.
The Bubble Has Burst

Grove City, OH

#13 Nov 28, 2010
George wrote:
<quoted text>Now, even though that makes total economic sense, it advances the argument on how and why many American jobs will NEVER come back no matter what the next dear leader of our state will attempt.
So we MUST spend money in a certain way merely to keep others employed? Sounds a little socialistic, don't you think? Might want to take that up with your dear leader.

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