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Rent your textbooks instead of buying them and you'll not only contribute to saving the environment, you'll save enough to buy a skinny venti mocha no whip every morning.

Most online rental programs work in the same way:

  1. Rent your textbook.
  2. Receive it in the mail.
  3. Return it with the free shipping label they provide.

Companies vary in their policies regarding how hard you use the book. Some allow writing and highlighting, some only highlighting, and some allow neither. Read the terms of use. Be respectful.

Most companies also allow you to buy the book if you choose.

1. Chegg.com

For every book you rent from Chegg, they plant a tree through American Forests, the nation's oldest nonprofit citizens' conservation organization. So far, they've planted more than 750 acres of trees.

Chegg is one of the Internet's fastest-growing companies. Its founder, Osman Rashid, was named 2009 Northern California Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The company is hip and easy to use. Highlighting is allowed, but no writing.

Dannette Ford from University of St. Francis-Ft. Wayne has this to say about Chegg:

"I am an adult who has recently returned to school. I'm so excited that technology allows me to rent books. What a concept. This is fabulous. As a working student, money is tight and this will really help me financially."

Rent Textbooks from Chegg!

2. BookRenter.com

BookRrenter.com says they are the first and best online book rental company. They're also green certified in the state of California.

Highlighting and writing are not allowed.

Jennifer at Mid-Continent College had this to say about BookRenter:

"Going back to school after 25 years was a challenge. I was in an accelerated program and had a class every five weeks. Buying new textbooks that frequently was expensive. BookRenter.com has been a fabulous experience."

3. CampusBookRentals.com

CampusBookRentals.com also claims to be a pioneer in the book rental business. When they started out in 2007, they wanted to make a difference by donating to the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) foundation. Since then, they've "donated educational supplies, sports equipment, and time to less-privileged elementary schools."

Highlighting and writing is allowed.

CampusBookRentals offers monthly giveaways, textbook scholarships, shirts, and other prizes.

Save 50-85% on your Textbooks. Renting textbooks makes sense plain and simple.

The company is affiliated with Textbookx.com

4. Skoobit.com

Skoobit works on a monthly payment schedule. They charge a monthly fee of $10.99 per book until the textbook is returned. Shipping is free. Skoobit also plants a tree for every book rented.

Limited highlighting is allowed.

5. Your Campus Bookstore

Some campus bookstores have their own rental programs. Check yours. The benefits are no waiting and the chance to check the condition of the book you'll be spending so many hours with.

Rental programs at campus bookstores can be difficult to manage, so don't be too hard on your school if they don't have one. The National Association of College Stores explains why:

"Start-up costs for such programs are considerable. In addition, a successful rental program requires that faculty members commit to their textbook choices for four to six semesters before changing, which is often a difficult proposition."

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