Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Textbook Rental Continues

KINGSVILLE - July 16, 2010

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

Barnes and Noble piloted the program in Kingsville

A textbook rental program that was piloted by Barnes and Noble at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and 24 other institutions across the country was a success and will now be expanded to more than 300 other university bookstores across the nation. Barnes and Noble operates 650 college bookstores.

The University Bookstore in Kingsville piloted the program for two semesters and as with the others who did the same, response from students was positive. More than 90 percent of the students surveyed said they would rent from their campus bookstore again. In addition, students liked the idea of getting their books immediately as opposed to waiting for a shipment to arrive and they appreciated knowing the books they were renting were guaranteed to be the right books for the classes.

This innovative textbook rental program allows students to rent their textbooks for less than 50 percent of the cost of purchasing a new printed textbook. As an added convenience, students can rent their books either from the store or from the store’s website www.tamu-kingsville.bncollege.com.

As an example, a textbook required for a general psychology class at Texas A&M-Kingsville costs $140 new and $105 used. The rental price is just $61.30 less than half the new book price.

The decision to offer the textbook rental program was a joint decision made by officials from Texas A&M-Kingsville and Barnes and Noble College Booksellers.

“We are committed to providing students with the widest range of content options and price points available,” said Kim Otte, vice president at Barnes and Noble College Booksellers. “Whether students are interested in new books, used, digital, unbundled or now rentals, they know they can find what they want at the bookstore.”

Students may pay for the rental using any form of tender currently accepted by the bookstore; they can highlight or mark the rented books just as they would if they purchased a book and planned to sell it back; and they can convert their rental to a purchase in the first two weeks of class. The rental period is the duration of the semester and books are due back to the bookstore 10 days after the last day of finals.

As a courtesy, emails will go out near the end of the semester reminding students to return their books. Books not returned or returned in unusable condition will be subject to replacement and processing fees.

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