Monthly Archive: August 2011

The Death of International Editions and Follet Sues BookRenter

It’s not that often that I have the chance to follow legal proceedings. I don’t care much for lawyers or being sued and when I read legal documents, I sometimes get confused and annoyed by the jargon that I frustratedly walk away after wishing for a Cliffs Notes version. (more…)

Comparing Prices for the Top Used, New and e-book Retailers

Last week, we launched CampusBooks’ new e-book search service, and with it,findings comparing the availability of the top 1000 textbooks at each of those e-book merchants (see what Mashable had to say about it, too). This week, we took it one step further, and compared what everyone actually cares about: pricing. (more…)

Chegg Addresses Final Pieces to the Puzzle

In March, we speculated how Chegg was in the process of repositioning itself within the market . It seems that Chegg has confirmed our suspicions with a few recent moves. After the purchase of Student of Fortune, the rentals giant began referring to itself as the “Social Educational Platform” and developing a “Social Graph” with students. (more…)

Guru Roundup: Special eTextbooks Rentals Edition

Business Wire: CampusBooks Finds Just 18% of Textbooks Available on Amazon’s Kindle Rental

“CampusBooks.com compared pricing data for the top 100 college textbooks against Amazon’s new Kindle Rental service, and found that Kindle Rental often has the best prices, but only 18% of the titles. Renting a Kindle book for the advertised 30-day period yielded the highest savings, often in the double-digits over traditional rental, used and new textbooks, but only five of 100 titles were available for the month-long range. The other 13 titles available had minimum periods of 60 days, and the savings were less. However, if students were to rent via Kindle for a whole semester (120 days), only half of the time was Kindle Rental cheaper than buying and selling a used book . . . ” (more…)

Three Tips for Choosing an E-reader

I’ve talked a lot here about the pitfalls of e-readers, especially as of late with the Amazon Kindle Rental news. But I’m also a firm believer in the move to digital, and the usefulness of these (relatively) new tools–as long as you do it right. I have three big-picture tips here for narrowing down what to look for in an e-reader, and pick the right one for you. (more…)