In the world of any modern University, there is one fact that every student knows of, and fears, at the outset of a new semester: textbooks are expensive. This reality, that the required textbooks for 4 or 5 classes each semester can cost a student more than what he was able to save up from that summer job, is an unavoidable aspect of college life, right? Well not at the University of Rochester thanks to two programs that are offered to students – textbook rentals and eTextbooks! Now, students are offered options that are kinder to the environment, as well as their pocketbooks. Conveniently, these alternatives are available at both the University of Rochester Book Store, located in the Frederick Douglas Building, and the School of Medicine and Dentistry Book Store, located just down the hall from the post office on the Medical Center’s ground floor.
First is the option for students to rent textbooks. While not available for every book in every course, book rental is a great alternative to purchasing a book, especially if the student may never use it again after the class is over. Renting a book is quick and easy, and typically saves the student at least 50% off the cover price of purchasing that same book! Not sure if rental is offered for the right classes? Simply search your course on the bookstore website to find out! Book rental also offers students the flexibility of being able to highlight and write in their book, and still be able to return it at the end of the semester. And as long as the book is in good condition when it’s returned, the only fee the student is responsible for paying is that of the rental! Not only does this save money, but it saves all of the waste that production of a new textbook would create each year.
The second option, eTextbooks, is even easier! With this option, the student is able to download the full content of their book, in the original textbook format, right to their computer for a fraction of the cost of a traditional textbook. The book can also be downloaded on up to two computers, so a student can have both a portable and a stationary computer, and have their textbook available on both! Students can make notes, bookmark, and highlight their eTextbook to their heart’s content, all available at the click of a mouse! And on top of all that, this option saves the resources as well as the energy that would be used in the production of a new textbook. And there’s nothing to return at the end of the semester, so the eTextbook is theirs to keep.
These options open students up to a whole new world of blending sustainability into their studies, and shows them that often times the greener option is better for you as well!