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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Extended USI Bookstore rental program offered

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Sabrina Harpenau
Student Worker
News & Information Services
The USI Bookstore extended their services to give students new options in textbook rental. Students can purchase new books, used books, e-books, and now rent books rather than purchase them. In fall 2010, the Bookstore offered a limited number of book titles for rent. Due to the popularity, the book rental program will be expanded, now offering over 100 titles.

"After completing a class, especially introductory courses, students aren't interested in keeping text books," said Mike Goelzhauser, Bookstore manager. "They rent the book, take the class, and send it back."

The rental program is more cost efficient for the typically tight student budget. Whether shopping online or in the Bookstore, at checkout, if rental copies are available, a student will have an opportunity to save 55 percent through renting. "If a book costs $100 to purchase, students can rent the book for $45," said Goelzhauser. "The program gives students an option to save money on a required book."

For the student who prefers the digital route, e-books and similar digital devices are an additional less expensive way to obtain textbook information from their laptop, desktop, Nook Color, iPad, and similar digital devices. Students can print pages on demand, search, and tote a lighter version of a hefty textbook. E-books are typically 30 percent cheaper than buying a hardcopy textbook.

More details about book rental and digital books are available online at or

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