I have been out of college for over a year now, and I still have a really scary pile of used textbooks sitting in my floor.
That is a good little chunk of floor space being taken up by books that haven't even been looked at in who knows how long. I know what you're thinking. Miranda, why didn't you just sale them back to the bookstore? Trust me, I tried to go that route, and they wouldn't even take them again because they didn't need them. That's just one of the many issues that can result from actually purchasing your books to own.
Luckily, problems like this can be avoided by choosing to rent your books instead of buying them. One way you can do this is by heading over to CampusBookRentals.com. Renting through this site is beyond easy, and there are numerous benefits. If you go with them you get:
40-90% off of bookstore prices
Free shipping both ways
Flexible renting periods
21 day risk-free returns
Live customer support
Even more, you will get to choose from the largest source of online textbooks in the nation! It's a complete win-win situation. You get the books you need, for a fraction of the price, and you won't have two giant stacks of outdated textbooks sitting in your bedroom floor a year after you graduate with that pretty sweet degree.
Think it couldn't get any better? That' where you're wrong. After you're finished with those books for the semester, you can actually make a little extra cash by "renting back." This will allow you to put a good chunk of change in your pocket by renting the books you have in your hands out to other students. Every time your particular book is rented, you get a cut! Want to take advantage of this awesome deal? Head over to RentBack.com and get signed up.
Campus Book Rentals is also currently partnering with Operation Smile. By definition of their website, this organization works diligently to "provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate." Every time you rent a book from Campus Book Rentals, a portion of what you pay will go to this amazing charity. You can help change the life of a well-deserving little boy or girl.
So if you're being a slacker and still needing to buy those textbooks for fall semester, do yourself a favor and go the Campus Book Rentals route. And if you're feeling guilty because you've already purchased your texts from an overpriced, busy bookstore, now you know what to do for the spring semester.
*This post done in cooperation with CampusBookRentals.com.