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Amazon Launches College Textbook Rental Service

Earlier this week, announced the launch of a textbook rental service. Yes, that Amazon, the online retail giant. The hefty price of textbooks has long been a thorn in the side of college students, and according to the company press release, “students can choose from thousands of textbooks to rent for the semester and save up to 70%.” Just search for a textbook, and a “Rent Now” option appears. Select payment and shipping options, and away you go. reports that students are allowed to use the textbook for 130 days, with a 15-day extension available for an extra cost. Amazon covers the shipping cost of returning the textbook, so students are only obligated to pay the initial delivery cost. Further, rentals have a 30-day return policy for a full refund.

Also from the official press release, Ripley MacDonald, Director of Textbooks at, said, “College is expensive, and students are always looking for ways to save money on textbooks, which is why we’ve long offered great prices on both new and used textbooks. With Textbook Rental, Amazon gives students yet another great option for saving money – it’s now easier than ever for students to get the books they need, in the format they want, at affordable prices. So no matter if a student wants to buy or rent their textbooks, Amazon can be their one-stop shop.”

Would you use, or have you ever used an online rental service for books? What do you see as positives or potential drawbacks?




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Return of the Computer Science Major

Categories: Majors & Minors

The last decade or so has proven to be nothing short of a roller-coaster of ups and downs for computer science departments at colleges and universities across the country.

According to, the number of computer science majors has returned to and, in many cases nationally, exceeded the enrollment high-water mark previously set during the “dot-com” boom of the early 2000s. This rebirth is particularly noteworthy given that the upswing comes after enrollment numbers in 2005 were at their lowest since the early 1970s.

The report cites the strengthening economy and job market in technological fields as explanations, even in the midst of a broader economy still widely regarded as less than stellar. Further, the growing impact of social media platforms and increasingly ubiquitous mobile applications have sparked interest, as many students set sights on creating the next Facebook or Instagram.

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