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Amazon Announces Textbook Rental Service

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

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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.