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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.

BookRenter 5 years

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BookRenter Named “Readers’ Choice” for Textbook Rentals

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As you can imagine, there are very few award shows out there with a category for “Best College Textbook Rental Site.” In fact, as far as we know, there’s pretty much only one. And just last Friday it was announced that has officially won the 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for that category. As’s Awards Site put it:

“The ‘Best Website for Renting College Textbooks’ award is meant to recognize the leader in online textbook rentals…Congratulations on your win, BookRenter!”

We’re thrilled to win any award, of course. But to win an award given by the actual students and parents who use textbook rental sites….well, that makes the award even sweeter. We consider it a resounding validation that between the lower prices, easy returns, an enormous selection, free shipping and some of the best customer service people on the Web, we must be doing a few things right. Rest assured we’ll keep trying to outdo ourselves.

A BIG, HUGE BOOKRENTER THANKS to all of you fine people who voted for us. You guys are awesome. Thanks also to for the opportunity to compete publicly with our fellow online textbook rental sites.

We’ve got some exciting improvements and fun programs planned this year along with lots of opportunities to save even more money than usual. So be sure to check back with us when the need arises. And keep coming back here to “The Bookshelf” (or give one of those subscribe buttons in the top right a click) for our latest, greatest ideas on how to make your college life more rewarding.

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Nominate BookRenter for Reader’s Choice Award – Best Website for Renting College Textbooks!

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Think BookRenter rocks? Help us win the 2012 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Site for Renting Textbooks Online!

Here at BookRenter, our mission is to make education more affordable. In doing so, we have helped students save more than $150 million on their textbooks. We think that’s a big deal! In addition, for every textbook order, BookRenter makes a donation to First Book to put new books in the hands of children in need.

Plus, who can resist FREE shipping both ways, flexible rental periods (30, 45, 60, 90 or 125 days) and top notch customer service?

To nominate BookRenter for the 2012 Reader’s Choice Award, click this link:

Nominations are open from now until February 15th. Voting will run from February 22 – March 21 and the winner will be announced March 30.

Help us win this awesome award!

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Top 10 Reasons to Love BookRenter

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  1. Huge Savings – Rent your textbooks and you can save $100’s
  2. Free Shipping – That’s right, FREE shipping both ways on rentals, and express option if you need your books ASAP.
  3. No Risk – Return your books in 21 days, no questions asked. Not a single one.
  4. Ok to Write or Highlight – Doodle in your books if you want, just don’t go crazy 🙂
  5. Easy Returns – Lots of options to unload your books off when you’re done: Post office, Fed Ex Kinko’s, and UPS. Better yet, drop off in person locally. See if there’s a RapidReturn location
  6. Over 5 Million Titles – Seriously, with a selection like this, chances are we’ve got your book!
  7. Flexible renting periods – We’ve got the most flexible rental options available with 5 different rental periods from 30-125 days.
  8. Extend or Buy – If you need to keep your books longer, extend them no problem. Or, if you fall in love with your books, you’ll never pay more than the retail price. Oh, and we buy textbooks too. Get a quote.
  9. Top Notch Customer Support – Team of friendly experts here to help with any question or problem toll-free Monday-Friday 8am-5pm PST at 877-642-9313. Stop here for more info or quick answers to your questions.
  10. Awesome Facebook experience – Lots of cool promotions, discounts, good conversation and fun. A place for good stuff junkies.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to and start renting your textbooks today!

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Happy Holidays from BookRenter!

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