In the last few years the popularity of eBooks has exploded. The advantages are clear: You can carry as many books with you as you want. You can simply download every book you like and instantly start reading. Instead of having to wait for the book to arrive by mail.
However, one thing hadn’t changed, if you wanted to rent a book you were still forced to use hardcopy books. Until now that is. Amazon.com recently announced the start of a new program where you can rent eBooks.
Currently you can only rent etextbooks. But it is quite likely that they’ll soon expand it so you can rent eBooks in other categories as well.
Why should I rent eBooks?
I can hear you thinking, but why would I want to rent eBooks? The most important reason for why you should rent eBooks is simple: to save money. How often have you bought a book and then read it within a week, never to reread it?
When you rent eBooks this no longer matters. You can just rent it for 30 days, finish reading it within that time and simply remove it afterwards. This is far cheaper than buying it for full price in the store. As you can clearly see below.
Another example is eTextbooks you use in college or university. Most often you simply don’t need it anymore after the semester or trimester is over. So why would you want to pay for a book you’ll use for a few months at best? When you rent eTextbooks you can easily save 60-80% on the regular price. While getting exactly the same in return!
In short, for most of the reading you do, you can easily save a lot of money if you simply rent your eBooks.
Where do I rent eBooks?
As mentioned before, Amazon.com is the first and, currently, the only large retailer that has a program for renting eBooks in place. Luckily Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world and their eBook assortment is massive. They are also the producer of the Kindle, the most popular ereader. Which means you can be sure that the eBooks you rent will work.
You can currently only rent eTextbooks. But this is likely to change as soon as the word gets out that you can save money by renting eBooks.
Why rent eBooks at Amazon?
Save money: Save up to 80% of the normal price of the eBook
Decide how long you rent: From 30 days to 360 days, you decide how long you want it. You can extend the time by as little as a day. Or simply buy the eBook if you want to keep it after all.
Keep your notes: Do you like to keep annotations and highlights in your eBooks? Don’t worry you can always revisit your notes and highlights through Amazon.com
Simply search for the eBook you want to rent on Amazon.com and select the rent eBooks option. After that a new page will open where you can select until which date you’d like to rent the eBook. You can rent eBooks for a period of 30 to 360 days.
You decide how long you need the eBook. If you later find out you need it for longer you can simply extend the time. Or buy it for the normal price whenever you want.
Once you’ve chosen the time you want to rent the eBook you simply go to checkout. Or you can use the “Rent now with 1-click” button.
Can I rent eBooks if I don’t have a Kindle?
Yes, you can rent eBooks even if you don’t have a Kindle. Or any other eReader for that matter. You can download an app for your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android device, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry, or Kindle. So no matter what device you own, you can use the eBooks you rented.
Interested in renting eBooks? Feel free to take a look at the selection at Amazon.com. Keep in mind however that currently only eTextbooks can be rented.