I was recently contacted by the website Campus Book Rentals to provide information to my readers on the company and the services they provide to college students.
While I am no longer a college student myself, I very vividly recall the anguish and significant expense associated with purchasing textbooks--and the horror of trying to sell them back after the semester was over. The fact of the matter is this: textbooks are crazy expensive and reselling them back to the bookstore typically means a loss of your investment. When I was in college, I recall a man in a very sketchy looking van parking on campus with a makeshift banner and buying textbooks each semester. It was a bit unnerving.
This is where Campus Book Rentals comes in: they allow you to rent the textbooks you need right from their website. They will ship them to you for free and give you free shipping when you send them back. The books are deeply discounted (think 40% to 90% off what the bookstore charges) and guess what else? You can highlight the books. I love a lot of things in this world, but using my highlighter is among the most beloved of the things I do on a daily basis.
They offer flexible renting periods for books and even buy books you have on hand using a free shipping label. As if that wasn't enough, every book you rent means a donation to Operation Smile, an organization that helps fund surgery for children across the world who are born with a cleft lip as part of their "Making A Difference" Program.
This website *almost* makes me want to go to grad school just to save money on books. Almost. If you are in the market for textbooks, however, I highly recommend you check them out!
Disclosure: I was compensated for writing a review on the Campus Book Rentals website. All opinions are my own.