Friday, August 20, 2010

Rent-A-Text program saving students money on books

The University of Illinois Springfield Bookstore, which is operated by Follett Corporation, is offering a Rent-A-Text program to students for the first time.

The program began during the summer semester, but has really taken off as students return for fall classes. Over 1,300 textbooks have been rented so far at the bookstore. UIS students have saved nearly $45,000 combined.

Students have the potential to save up to 50% off the price of a new textbook through the Rent-A-Text program.

“We think it’s very attractive for the students and I think it will be a positive attraction for this campus,” said Stephen Chrans, assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

Senior Communication major Cassie Oswald usually buys her books, but this year she rented and saved nearly $250.

“Most people would rather rent a book if it’s not in their major field of study than buy the book and be stuck with it at the end of the year,” said Oswald.

Some students like senior Social Work major Arianna Adams usually buy books for cheaper prices online, but this year she’s saving more by renting.

“It’s a really cheap way to get your books. It’s an easy process to rent and then bring them back,” said Adams.

Follett currently is offering nearly 7,000 textbook titles for rent nationwide. Instructors at UIS are asked to commit to using the book for several semesters before it’s available for rent.

Students can shop for books at the campus store or online through the Follett website, which even offers home delivery for the cost of shipping.

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