The textbook industry has baffled me for quite some time. As if tuition wasn’t expensive enough, each school term students are forced to shell out tons of cash to obtain the required materials for their courses. Some students have dodged or reduced these expenses by sharing books with other students, renting hard copies from companies like Chegg.com, using library copies, or doing avoiding the textbook all together (I don’t recommend this one, but I know it’s been done).
Rentable Kindle textbooks might be a great money-saving alternative for some, however it isn’t the perfect solution for every student. Many students prefer to read from real books and find it challenging to absorb the information from an e-reader or a digital online copy. Plus, highlighting and annotating books with the Kindle isn’t as fun as it is with a real book!