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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

This week, college kids all over the country are returning to school after winter break. I remember the long winter break in college – a time where I had to return home, sometimes working, but always anticipating the return to the fun college life. Maybe not anticipating the return to classes! This week, college students are starting their new classes and trekking over to their college book stores to buy their piles of books they may or may not read. They are waiting in lines and then walking all the way back to their dorms, books in tow. Wait. This isn’t 2000! College kids don’t need to wait in line anymore! They don’t even need to buy books anymore – they can rent them!


There are all kinds of perks from renting textbooks:

  • Saves you money. Costs are 40-90% off bookstore prices!
  • Saves you time. No standing in lines at the bookstore! Plus, shipping is free.
  • Offers the same benefits as buying from the store – you can still highlight your books!
  • Offers flexible renting periods.
  • Donates to Operation Smile with each textbook rented – see more on that below.

Campus Book Rentals is offering a new initiative called RentBack. RentBack allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students! This makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through selling their books back at the end of the semester! Here’s how it works:


One more very cool thing about Campus Book Rentals, as I mentioned above, is that for every rented textbook, they make a donation to Operation Smile. Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. The long term improvement in quality of life for the children that receive these surgeries is almost incomprehensible. With every rented textbook, Campus Book Rentals donates to Operation Smile. That right there seems as good a reason as any to rent books through them!


I know if I was in college still I’d be trying out this program. How about you?

This post has been sponsored by Campus Book Rentals. All opinions are my own.