The summer is coming to an end, and among all the back-to-school bustle is the task of purchasing textbooks. Any college student knows that buying textbooks from a university's bookstore can break the bank. So, we hunt around for cheaper used books at bookstores near campus, online marketplaces and amongst our friends.
It seems like a waste to spend so much money on a book that most students will only use once, so why not just not buy the books?
Instead of buying books this year, rent them from Chegg.com
. Since 2007, Chegg has been in the business of redistributing textbooks among students all over the country.
Chegg plants a tree for every book that is rented. So far, over 750 acres of forest have been planted!
It's a simple process. Enter the ISBN of the book you need. The website will search for that exact book. You rent the book. Chegg ships it to you in a timely manner.
At the end of the semester, you don't have to worry about selling books back to the bookstore, and whether or not they will take them back. Just ship them back to Chegg in the same box they used, with a prepaid shipping label via UPS.
Co-founders Osman Rashid and Aayush Phumbhra saw how ridiculously wasteful the college textbook system was, and decided to make a change. It has been a huge hit with revenues of more than $10 million in 2008 and expectations to more than double in 2009.
I've been a customer since Janurary 2008. I have rented a total of eight books, the equivalent of eight trees planted. I have saved a lot of cash as well.
For example, the book I need for Environmental Science and Policy 400 this semester is $114.65 at Clemson University's bookstore. It is $74.82 used on Amazon.com, but it is only $45.77 to rent it from Chegg.com.
Save some money and plant some trees!
Photos: angela pangela/Flickr, Chegg.com