Monthly Archives: May 2011

The May BookRenter $50 “Extra Credit” Winners Are….

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As we close out the first month of the Rock the World Scholarship we wanted to give a great big shout out to our Extra Credit weekly winners. They will each receive BookRenter $50 “Extra Credit.”

Congratulations to our May winners!

Week 1 – Marcus Harun

Week 2 – Kate Felton

Week 3 – Robin Spoehr

Week 4 – Tiffany Villanueva

Head on over to the Rock the World Scholarship for your chance to win!

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
1.“Like Us” on Facebook.
2.“Enter” the Rock the World Scholarship for your chance to win up to $25,000.
3. “Share” with all your college friends for your chance chances to win $50 in free textbooks!

*To be eligible to win BookRenter $50 “Extra Credit” you must use the share tool provided on the Rock the World Scholarship page.  Full Terms

What are you waiting for?

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Selling Your Customers Out Is So 2001

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At BookRenter, we are on your side – and always will be. We will never, ever sell your information or charge people for the right to advertise their goods or services to you. We value your right not to be a marketing target just because you tried to get a good deal on textbooks. We won’t exploit you and try to tell you it’s for your benefit. Our aim is simple: we want to help you afford college.

We’ve got your back, and we won’t try to put a sticker on it.

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The Season’s Top 6 Gifts for Graduates

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Feel free to leave this list lying casually about the house.

by Guest Blogger Keith Kaplan I ALBION COLLEGE: Brains (double-major honors student, Mortar Board, College Fellow) and brawn (swim team captain and an avid outdoorsman who most days can be seen paddling on the river that runs through his campus). Regular blogger. Co-founder of the eponymous DK Cookies (on Facebook!).
    So you’re a graduate now. Time to move on to the next thing, right?  Not quite yet; don’t go anywhere until you get your graduation gift. Some families have a tradition of giving “green” (as in money) gifts on big occasions. Others favor the idea of giving a specific gift – something more permanent that will be treasured for years to come. Then there are those who just can’t seem to make up their minds about what gift to get their newly-minted graduate and need your help, or at least a few hints.

    by Jason Bache

    So I’ve compiled a short list of some of the top graduation gifts this season. (You may feel free to leave this list lying casually on the kitchen table, nesting in a stack of bills about to be paid, or taped to the screen of the GPS in your dad’s car.)

    by bfishadow

    1. Gift cards are a popular item these days. A great place to get them: This site specializes in providing eco-friendly eGift cards, and has a variety of retailers and gift-card amounts to choose from. If you’d rather buy offline, you can usually find a wide variety of gift cards for sale at your nearest chain discount or big-box store.

    by MJ/TR (´・ω・)

    2. Smartphones are another sure-to-please gift as we continue to move towards an all-wireless world.  (Just make sure you have at least some idea of your graduate’s preferences when it comes to platform – big difference between Android and iOS – and features.)  The “big three” cell phone service providers – AT&t, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint – all sell smartphones. For less expensive options, Metro PCS, U.S. Cellular and Cricket are great choices.

    by Chi Nguyen

    3. Smartphones are popular, but Tablets are growing even faster. If you don’t know what a tablet is, check this link out, and yes, an iPad is a tablet. (Until recently the iPad was the best-selling tech gadget of all time; but in Q1 2011 it was toppled from first place by Microsoft’s hands-free game controller, Kinect for Xbox 360.). One of the great advantages of a tablet is that it doubles as an e-reader. So instead of hauling around 60 pounds of textbooks, carry a tablet and read that instead. The best place to buy a tablet: Check out

    by Ben Babcock

    4. If a tablet isn’t for you, check out a Laptop. Would you not agree life without a computer is difficult, especially for a graduate? If you’re entering college, you will definitely need a computer, preferably a laptop. If you’re graduating from college, it’s probably time for a new computer because a) you’ve worked your old one into the ground, and b) you’re going out into the real world and let’s face it, you need to keep up with the new technology. The best place to search for almost any tech gadget is They consistently have lower prices than any other retailer, online or brick-and-mortar.

    by Andrew Turner

    5. Another great graduation gifts is a GPS – instantly recognizable by the little screen above a car’s dashboard and otherwise known as the “Save me, I’m lost” device. The two biggest GPS brands today are Garmin and TomTom. A GPS is a worthy graduation gift because graduates moving on to new places will need a guide to tell them what road to take (I’ll leave the metaphysical implications here for another day).

    by Elsie esq.

    6. The last hot item on the list is transportation, either a bike or car. Getting a new car is almost every student’s dream, but that could be a little pricey for a graduation gift. A bicycle, on the other hand, is not only more affordable, it can actually be an easier (and far cheaper) way to commute to and around campus. If you’ve graduated and don’t plan on more schooling, use that bike to commute to your new job. Or take up a new hobby like mountain biking or cycling. A great place to check out new bikes for cheap is (hint, hint, Mom and Dad, this is may be what I want for my graduation gift).

    These are some of my top items for graduation gifts. What are yours?

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Learn While You Earn, and Build a Resume in the Process

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Don’t turn up your nose at what looks like a “nothing” job – it’s all in how you spin the experience.

by Evil Erin

Personally, we don’t know too many ­college students who don’t work at least part-time while they’re in school. Some wouldn’t be able to attend college at all without working. Others have the basics covered, but work so they can enjoy some extras. And a lucky few work not because they have to, but because they want to. No matter why they work, though, students who hold down jobs during college gain something that money can’t buy: experience, and a chance to develop marketable real-world skills.

Starting a job search? Don’t turn up your nose at a gig just because it looks like a “nothing” job that you wouldn’t want on your resume. As with lots of things in life, it’s all about how you spin the experience. And don’t overlook non-traditional or think-outside-the-box opportunities, many of them on or close to campus. For example:

  • Alumni Services Staffer – Working in your school’s office of alumni affairs will expose you to everything from fundraising and event planning to outbound marketing. Another great reason to seek out this kind of job: The networking potential. On your resume: Marketing communications coordinator, event coordinator, development (fundraising) coordinator.
  • Brand Ambassador – Marketing products to peers has taken off in recent years as more and more companies look at establishing a presence on college campuses. To find this kind of opportunity, check out BookRenter’s program or is a good place to start. On your resume: Marketing consultant, customer service specialist, brand evangelist (yes, that’s an actual job title in many companies).
  • Tutor – This gig isn’t for everyone. Patience and personality are prerequisites for the job. But private tutoring usually pays a decent hourly wage (especially for math and science tutors) and allows you some flexibility when it comes to scheduling. For tutoring opportunities, start by checking your campus placement service, local want ads, and Craigslist. On your resume: Tutor, teacher, subject matter expert (SME).
  • Residence Hall Advisor – Another job that’s not for everyone, but RAs usually receive a discount on their own dorm fees (or aren’t required to pay at all). On your resume:  Facilities manager, peer counselor, team-building specialist with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Writer: Almost any career path you take will involve communication, a lot of it written. So getting some writing experience under your belt could stand you in good stead someday. Instead of waiting for jobs to be posted, be proactive. Contact local publications and marketing/advertising agencies to see if they use freelance writers. If you don’t have a portfolio of your work, offer to do an assignment “on spec.” If the editor doesn’t like what you do, they don’t have to pay you, but you’ll have a finished piece to show to the next publication or company you talk to. On your resume: Writer, fact-checker, researcher.
  • Entrepreneur: We’ve heard some great stories from students who created their own job opportunities. (One of them is Keith Kaplan, winner of one of two BookRenter 2011 Social Media Internships, who started his own cookie business while an undergrad at Michigan’s Albion College!) Other creative student businesses: a laundry service that delivers clean, folded clothes to students’ dorm rooms; a girl who offers personal wardrobe consulting and closet organizing; a weekend artist who turned her hobby into a paycheck by holding painting classes on campus; two classmates with one car and lots of initiative who provide child care support to working couples by picking up their kids from school; a computer geek (self-described) who offers 24/7 consulting and computer repair to students in his dorm; a journalism major who started an editorial service specializing in fact-checking, editing, and proofreading senior papers. On your resume: Entrepreneur, small business owner, director of marketing.

Planning to work while you’re in school? Tell us about it!

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What am I going to do the rest of my life?

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Or this summer, anyway…

Until just weeks ago, when I finished my undergraduate work at Albion College, I had no idea what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life. Not to mention what I’d be doing this summer.

All that changed the day I saw a posting on for a social media internship at Since I was in the market for an internship and had an interest in social media marketing, I knew this would be a perfect opportunity. I also knew there’d be plenty of competition for the slot.

But I took a deep breath and applied for the internship anyway, via BookRenter’s Facebook page. Nice surprise: Within a few hours, I received an email asking for my resume and additional information. The next thing I knew, I was one of 10 finalists for the job. I learned from BookRenter that the company’s Facebook fans would determine, by popular vote, who would get the internship.

This was a brilliant idea – it would show just how creative and determined people were to win an internship. And to be totally honest, I loved it! I loved the competition and loved that it was online. As soon as the voting went live, I began hounding friends and family to vote for me. All that week, I was a man with a mission: everything revolved around getting more votes. By the end of the week, there were an awful lot of people hoping not to see my name on their caller ID, having wearied of repeated calls asking, “Did you vote for me? Did you? DID YOU?”

I suppose one reason that I was successful at getting votes was because of the variety of platforms I marketed on. On Facebook, I wrote on my friends’ walls and on group walls. I did direct messaging on Facebook and Twitter. I created an event on Facebook and invited people to it. I knew that even this might not be enough, so I decided to go above and beyond by creating a YouTube promo video for the contest. It turned out to be so popular that Google asked me if I wanted to use AdSense for the video. My voters even started the trend of writing Keith Kaplan promotion statuses – some of them very clever – on BookRenter’s wall.

After the week-long voting period, during which I checked votes approximately once a second, I came out on top and eventually was offered the internship. Now I still may not know what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life – though it looks like graduate school is next – but I do know what I’ll be doing this summer, and I am excited to see what my new internship will have to offer. Stay tuned!

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