Monthly Archives: August 2010

BookRenter Announces Survey Results

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Recently, BookRenter conducted a survey through Q&A Research in order to determine how college students feel about their finances. Not surprisingly, the survey found that only 9% of students receive a free ride in college and that most struggle to make ends meet. As college costs continue to rise, it is apparent that students today are really pinching their pennies in order to stay afloat.

When most people think about college their immediate thoughts turn to recollections about difficult tests or the most memorable parties they attended. However what is becoming increasingly clear is that most college students are struggling to enjoy the traditional college experience. As the survey points out, more than 75% of college students said that they didn’t feel properly prepared to handle their personal finances in college. Hence, not only do students struggle to earn money but they also have a difficult time handling their budget.

Luckily, there are a variety of resources available to students to become better prepared to handle the costs of college. The survey noted that 77% of students think that the rising cost of purchasing textbooks is the biggest scam in the “college economy”. Using websites such as BookRenter to rent your textbooks will allow you to save money and time while in college.


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BookRenter turns 2!

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We just celebrated a very special day here at BookRenter, we just turned two years old! Although the company is still young, we are growing at a fantastic pace and are excited about our future growth. Thank you for renting with us over the last two years and for helping us grow and strengthen as a business.

Perhaps the best news about Bookrenter turning two years old is that we just recently donated our 20,000th book! For those of you who don’t know about the program, here’s a little background info:

For every order on BookRenter we’ll make a donation to First Book to put new books in the hands of children in need. First Book has provided more than 70 million books to children in need all across the United States and will deliver approximately 8 million books in 2010. It truly is a great service.

Hopefully you have ordered your textbooks by now and are eagerly awaiting them in the mail. I wish you good luck at the start of the year!

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Hot off the Islands: BookRenter’s Instant Win Game

Filed under: Contests and Promotions - BookRenter Team

I wanted to share with you guys a cool opportunity we are currently promoting on our Facebook page. If you go to the website and click on the Instant Win tab, you will be entered into a contest with a guaranteed chance of winning! The concept of an instant win game is simple – you play, you win. There aren’t a lot better odds than that.

So what can you win? Everybody who plays wins either a lanyard, mobile notebook, a cool can koozie, or a pair of neon sunglasses. In my opinion, items that are essential for when you head back to school in the coming days or weeks.

We are doing this game now because we want to remind you how dedicated BookRenter is to making college easier and more affordable. So as we head into the start of the school year, I want to say thank you for playing, and I look forward to blogging with you throughout the school year.

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UPDATE: Announcing Our 5-Star Satisfaction Guarantee

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Last week we posted about the announcement of BookRenter’s new 5-Star Satisfaction Guarantee. I’m happy to say that the response has been very positive and students are glad to have the added security. I’ve included a news article demonstrating how innovative our new guarantee is and the impact it will have on college students.  Happy Renting! is proud to announce its brand new 5-Star Guarantee, ensuring that every customer is satisfied with their rental process. But instead of just telling you about our new guarantee, let me show you just how impactful it can become.

You  can return your books for any reason within 21 days – no questions asked.

I hate the feeling of purchasing a brand new textbook and thinking I may use it once, twice, or not even at all. If you end up dropping a class, or have that all too familiar gut feeling that your textbook is unnecessary, then you’re stuck with a worthless bill. Renting your textbook from however gives you the option to send it back within the first 3 weeks – no questions asked. Nobody cares that you decided to drop 9AM Calculus, at least not Tikiman.

Every order is available for express shipping, and return shipping is always free.

The word “express” makes me think of a whooshing train, or a speeding bullet slicing through the night. I don’t know if your textbook rentals will arrive that quickly, but I know you will be satisfied that your textbooks will arrive with speed if you choose express shipping. Plus, you don’t have worry about splurging for quicker shipping because you know that return shipping will ALWAYS be free. Now that’s coming full circle.

You’ll be happy with the quality of your books ( or we’ll ship you another one on our dime).      

Whether you’re mixing that Thursday night drink or finishing up your final essay for an English midterm, you know in your mind that you want to make a quality product. Well we want to deliver a quality product too, and I know there’s nothing worse than receiving a book filled with highlighter and love notes. You don’t like the quality? Send it back because you got your guy Tikiman here, fighting to deliver the highest quality textbooks on the market.

You can extend your rental at any time – at the same cheap daily rental rate.

I think I can speak for all of us when I say I hate late fees. I figure if I already paid to rent out the textbook, why should I be forced to pay extraneous late fees? So stop looking at your calendar to see how many days are left in the term, it should be a summer or winter break countdown, not a ticking textbook time bomb.

If you decide to keep the book it  will never cost more than the purchase price.

I don’t know why you would want to keep your textbook, but if French philosophy is your Pièce de résistance then by all means keep it. But just know that we won’t charge you 200$ for a book that only costs 100$. C’mon, that’s just bad business.

There it is: the new member of the BookRenter Family, the 5-Star Guarantee. Treat it well, because it doesn’t hurt to the have most powerful guarantee in textbook rentals on your side!

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Browsing the Bookshelf

Filed under: All Things Tech, Health & Fitness - BookRenter Team

Looking how to integrate technology into your study habits? Stefan Knapen writes about the top 15 iphone aps for students and how to save money on expensive school supplies. I think my favorite app is the mobile wikipedia, easily the quickest way to get a quick summary on something you are learning about.

Thinking about to skipping out on the regular college life and going abroad for a semester? Well then you are in luck as kegfly writes about the positive benefits of studying abroad. Not sure how to pay for it? Well he covers that too!

An interesting but revealing article about the potential for weight gain in college students. Dan Childs writes about how the the closer the student lives to a cafeteria, the larger the likelihood of gaining the dreaded freshman 15. Hmm, I wonder if the closer a student lives to the classroom, the better their grades get? Somehow I don’t this this same rule applies!

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