The Collected Works of William Shakespeare weighing you down? Calculus of a Single Variable breaking your back? Well students, you can now do away with your heavy textbooks and replace them all with a Kindle.While Amazon has been selling digital versions of textbooks for some time now, they have still been pretty expensive, considering you may only use them for a very short time. And so, Amazon has announced the launch of Kindle Textbook Rental service and the online retail giant claims bookworms can save up to 80 percent off textbook list prices.
Students will be able to rent “tens of thousands of textbooks” for periods of between 30 and 360 days, allowing students to tailor the service for each book they rent. Should you find yourself with 50 pages of James Joyce’s Ulysses still to read on the final day of your rental, there’s no need to sweat and guess the ending, Amazon will allow you to extend your rental period by increments of as little as one day.
"Students tell us that they enjoy the low prices we offer on new and used print textbooks. Now we're excited to offer students an option to rent Kindle textbooks and only pay for the time they need--with savings up to 80 percent off the print list price on a 30-day rental," said Dave Limp, vice president, Amazon Kindle.
Making notes on your textbooks is of course a vital part of studying and Amazon lets you keep all the margin notes and highlights you make during your rental period via the Whispersync technology. It means that all your notes will be available in the Amazon Cloud for you to access whenever you want - even when the rental period has finished.
Kindle Textbooks will be offered on a Rent Once, Read Everywhere basis through your laptop, Mac or PC; Android, iOS, WP7 or BlackBerry smartphones; the iPad, and of course on the Kindle itself. The service is US-only at the moment, as is always the case with Amazon services at the beginning.