Amazon Announces Textbook Rental Service

The online seller is joining Barnes & Noble and other companies that offer the service


Students looking for cheaper alternatives to purchasing textbooks can now consider renting from the world's largest online retailer. On August 6, Amazon announced a new textbook rental service that will allow college students to obtain books for a semester.

Amazon joins a crowded textbook rental space, where book retailer Barnes & Noble has, for some time, offered rental textbooks, and websites such as Chegg and BookRenter have devoted their businesses to textbook rentals.