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5 Years. $200,000,000 Saved.

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That’s right, it’s our birthday!

Five years ago, a 28-year-old guy named Colin Barceloux took the rather disruptive idea that he’d come up with as a student mailman at Santa Clara University and launched the very first online textbook rental site. He picked the exceptionally straightforward name of BookRenter, bought the URL, and brought Tikiman here on board to be his mascot and ever-present student advocate. Not one to pass up a golden opportunity to save a buck…or $1,000, students started renting their textbooks in droves.

The next four years flew by, and while it’s been a whirlwind, we never lost our focus on the relentless pursuit of helping students save money so they can better afford college. Just last month, we were thrilled to announce that in the five years since Colin started BookRenter, we have saved students a whopping $200,000,000.

We want to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for renting with us as we quickly re-cap these first five years.

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Juggling – Finding Your Life and School Balance

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What comes to mind when you see the word juggle? For some, a clown throwing three balls in the air is what they’ll see, but for others, for most college students, you picture yourself juggling life. As college students, no matter who you are, you’re juggling something. Whether it’s a relationship, and school, or it’s a full time job and the hardest class you’ve ever had. We don’t all have the same struggles, but it’s there for everyone.

I’m a full time student, and a full time military wife. Just like a real juggler, sometimes we feel like we’ve got it all under control, but then something happens, and everything seems to just fall to the ground. I’m supposed to be starting my junior year this fall, everything was going as planned until my husband got new orders. We knew that it would be happening soon, we just didn’t know when. The time is now, and we’re moving to a new state, with new people and new schools. I’ve never been to California, nor do I know anyone that lives where we’re going. As a full time student, I’m a nervous wreck because I’m not going to be able to go to school in the fall, and I don’t know where I’m going to go in the spring.

As a military wife, I’m confident and calm because I know it’s what we have to do, and there’s nothing we can do to change it. I never imagined when I went off to college that I’d be married before I graduated, but then life happens and you have to decide if you’re willing to juggle for the things that are important to you. I know that there are other students out there that have more struggles than me, or maybe even the same struggles, which is why I’m here to say that you’re not alone.

Some people think when you go off to college it’s all about the parties, but for most of us, that’s not the case at all. College is where you discover how strong you really are, it’s where you get to choose the path you walk down. Just because you juggle, and just because you feel stressed, you’re not losing. All of this just leads us to where we’re going in life. We all have juggling in common, it just looks different on everyone.

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Dream Big Photo Contest Week 7

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summer love

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With all the parties, bare skin and free livin’ there’s bound to be a fling or two. Give us a brief window into yours. The excitement, anticipation, joy and heartache. What is/was meaningful about it? What was unique? Where did it start?

Snap a photo of you or your friends and family out and in action, Instagram it with the hashtags #BookRenter#DreamBig and #summerlove and you could be one of four winners of a $25 Visa gift card every week. It’s that simple.

Subject inspiration: holding hands, afternoon naps together, concerts, summer beach house, favorite food, fashion or hairstyle you’ve been dying over.

To read more about how to enter our contest, see our previous blog post, and don’t forget to read our Terms and Conditions.

Congrats to @thisbenikkit, winner of last week’s #summerjob theme:

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Back to School Free Textbooks Sweepstakes!

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If you haven’t already heard, BookRenter launched a pretty awesome sweepstakes. 10 people will win free textbooks for a year (up to a $1,000 value). Yes. FREE. TEXTBOOKS.

Just for entering, you get a $5 off rentals coupon to use before you head back to school in a few weeks. Yes. $5 JUST FOR ENTERING.

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And on a weekly basis, expect the chance to win other free stuff in the form of gift cards – two winners per week will get $50 worth, to be exact. And on top of that, two weekly winners will receive deep discounted coupons to use for your textbook rentals on

So it’s really a win-win situation for you. So enter now by visiting our Free Textbooks Sweepstakes app on Facebook, and the rest is history. And psychology. And economics. And we’ll stop naming books now, but seriously, you should enter and save yourself some dough.

And, it’s always good to read the Terms and Conditions of the contest, located on the app. 


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Dream Big Photo Contest – Week 6

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summer job

Working for a living. Sometimes it really gets in the way of just living (jk). Unless you’re doing something you love. How does your summer employment coincide with your passion? Does it at all, or does it surface a means for you to save up for college? What are some intriguing things that your job has exposed you to?

Snap a photo of you or your friends and family out and in action, Instagram it with the hashtags #BookRenter#DreamBig and #summerjob and you could be one of four winners of a $25 Visa gift card every week. It’s that simple.

Subject inspiration: internships in the big city, lifeguard, volunteer, photographer, animal rescuer, working at the banana stand (because there’s always money in the banana stand.).

To read more about how to enter our contest, see our previous blog post, and don’t forget to read our Terms and Conditions.

Congrats to @lovelyrenee1990, @thisbenikkit and @xmagsterx, winners of last week’s #myadventure theme:


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