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Amazon helps students save cash

Students can now rent textbooks for their Kindle at up to 80% less than purchasing a book

Amazon has launched a textbook rental service for Kindle for students.
Amazon has launched a textbook rental service for Kindle for students.

Kindle-owning students will get a budget break when they hit university this September with Amazon’s new Kindle Textbook Rental, which means they do not have to shell out full price for expensive textbooks.

Amazon’s new service allows users to save up to 80% on textbooks, which can be rented for periods between 30 and 360 days, users can also extend this rental period, or choose to purchase the book. The price of each textbook is given in the format comparison box that shows up if there is a rental Kindle edition available.

Publishers on board include John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis.
Amazon says that even when a user’s rental period is over, they will still be able to access their notes through its cloud service and Whispersync tech.

Users will also not have to study from their Kindle, because Kindle Textbooks are ‘Rent Once, Read Everywhere’, so users can access them using a Kindle app on any mobile device, a PC or Mac.

The deal currently appears to be US only, but users can open an Amazon US account from anywhere in the world.