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That’s $101 Million In Your Pockets

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By VP of Business Development and Founder Colin Barceloux
Colin has a BS in Management Information Systems and a Minor in Information Technology from Santa Clara University where he graduated with Honors in 2003. Colin resides in San Francisco and is an avid snowboarder, basketball enthusiast, mountain biker, and golfer.

Today, we announced that BookRenter has saved students over $101 million dollars off the cost of textbooks. This is not only a special day for BookRenter, but also for me personally. When I started BookRenter I hoped that we’d reach a point where we would help so many students afford school, but now I can see this is really just the beginning. I got the idea to start BookRenter when I was a college student at Santa Clara University. Like students today, I was extremely frustrated with the high cost of textbooks. While at school, I worked three part-time jobs to help cover my out of pocket expenses, and textbooks were always the largest. The more I thought about it, the more I realized the status quo – buying textbooks and selling them back – is just a really expensive rental. When I started BookRenter, textbook rental was a new thing and today thanks in large part to BookRenter, rentals are fast becoming the preferred method for getting course materials.

From the very beginning, our mission at BookRenter has been to make education more affordable. After tuition, textbooks are the largest educational expense. Course materials cost on average $1,137 per year (College Board); that is a staggering number. For the millions of people attending community college, that averages about 40% of the annual cost of education. By renting textbooks, students can save up to 80%– that’s about $500 per year depending on what you study. When you start to apply that savings across the student population of the US, the result is tremendous. And for students scraping by on loans and grants to get through school, the impact of textbook rental takes on a whole new meaning. We created this picture to help people see how huge textbook rental can be. It makes us realize that $101 million is really just the beginning; $172 billion, here we come.

The Surprising Economic Impact of Renting VS. Buying (Infographic)


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And Our Rock the World Scholarship Winner Is…

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After reading over 25,000 entries, we’re excited to finally announce the winner of the Rock the World scholarship competition and extend our congratulations to our winner.

Congratulation to Kyle Spaulding from Stephen F. Austin State University!

Thank you so much to all who took the time to enter the competition. It was difficult to pick just one winner when all of you have such inspiring stories and dreams. We hope to offer more opportunities like Rock the World in the future to continue helping college students succeed.

Now let’s meet Kyle Spaulding!

Using my education in:

Geology to find new and innovative ways of utilizing existing hydrocarbon resources through environmentally safe methods. Also, using my education to find other economically viable resources.

I will make an impact in the world by:

Providing an alternative to society’s crude-oil based infrastructure by helping to influence the development of natural gas conversion technologies and methods of bio-remediation of waste to produce harvestable fuel sources.

My passion for this comes from:

Prior military experience and an overall love for the planet earth.  Additionally, I feel that education should be a tool used to contribute to society in its entirety and not solely as a selfish means of financial gain!

Because I have been so:

adamant about contributing to the global community and empathetic towards our needs as a race,

I hope you’ll grant me this scholarship.

The dream that won us over: Kyle hopes to develop natural technology for the bio-remediation of waste to produce fuel sources. We asked Kyle to break the science down for us: Waste, meet natural bacteria and organisms. Bacteria, please break waste down into manageable products. (It’s almost as simple as that.) We’re all in favor of helping clean up the environment, and his determination to drive the current system in an environmentally-friendly direction spoke to us.

Through serving our country as a Marine, he realized how important it was to offer something back. “In return, the self-satisfaction and benefits one gets for providing a means to better the global community is payment in itself,” Kyle says.

We are proud to support a dedicated student who strives to make a difference in the world and one day make Earth a little bit greener.

Go rock the world, Kyle!

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Sell Your Used Textbooks to BookRenter

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Didn’t rent all your textbooks?  We’ll pay cash to take old textbooks off your hands.

1. It’s Simple: Grab your used textbooks and get a quote.


2. It’s Easy: Ship your books for free or bundle them with your BookRenter rental returns.

3. It’s Smart:  On average you can earn $50 per book and earn 12% more by selecting BookRenter store credit.

4. It’s Fast:  You can get cash in as little as two weeks and just in time for the holidays.

5. It’s Us:  Your trusted source for rentals now gives you access to sell back your used textbooks.

So what are you waiting for? Find out how much your used textbooks are worth and make some cash! http://www.bookrenter.com/sell_textbooks

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Acing Midterms 1-2-3

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BookRenter Mike

by craigfinlay

I’m looking at my school schedule for this upcoming week, and I honestly don’t think I’m going to survive. I have two midterms on Tuesday (back to back of course), a 15 page paper due Wednesday, and then a lab report due Thursday afternoon. The length of the lab report? In the words of my professor, “whatever you deem appropriate.” I’m all for hands-off learning but come on, some direction would be nice.

How do I get by you ask.

Here are my top 3 tips to make sure you ace your midterms:

1) Make a study guide outlining important themes in the class.

Memorizing dates, places, and people may seem important but having a good understanding of the major themes of the class is incredibly important to doing well on midterms. This is especially true for classes that are essay based or emphasize a lot of readings, since important themes or concepts are often spread out over multiple readings. Linking themes with evidence shows the professor that you understand the material.

2) Eat breakfast and get a full night of sleep.

It’s especially important when you have early morning exams to eat breakfast and get plenty of rest so the you are alert and fully awake by test time. Just think it’s so much easier to concentrate when I don’t have to worry about other students giving me the death stare because my stomach is growling loudly.

3) Re-write old lectures notes or say them out loud as you read over them

I’ve found that repetition is extremely important when I’m studying for a test that deals with a lot of memorization. I always think about muscle memory in sports; by doing the same thing over and over, I’m cementing that action into stone. It’s the same with tests. Re-writing old lecture notes into a more organized fashion will also help you better understand important concepts of the test.

So here you have it, my top 3 tips for getting an A on your upcoming midterm or assignment. Have another tip? I can use all the advice I can get to make sure I survive the upcoming week.

Good luck on your tests.

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Countdown To Graduation Check List

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By BookRenter Mike

by Jason Bache

As a senior in college, the countdown towards graduation is in full swing. Every time I walk to class now, I realize how much I cherish my time here in college. That being said, there is plenty I need to do to get ready for graduation and make sure I end the year successfully.

Here are the top 3 things to make sure your graduation goes off without a hitch:

1) Apply for Graduation.

Although this may seem obvious, for some students this is an easily overlooked task. Confirm with your advisor that you have taken the required course load, and make sure the school registrar has you registered for graduation. Filling out your graduation paperwork is an important task on the way to graduating from school.

2) Send out Graduation Announcements.

Don’t hesitate to share the world the news that you’re graduating! Although some people might find them a little old-fashioned, I’m sure your mother doesn’t! Sending out graduation announcements can be fun and it’s always nice to let people know that you’ve successfully navigated the rough waters of college.

3) Order your cap and gown.

Trust me; you don’t want to be the guy or girl with no cap and gown the day before graduation. At UVa, we have cap and gown week, where the school makes a big deal out of all the graduating 4th years. You can probably order these at the school bookstore when you’re laughing at all the miserable people still buying expensive textbooks!

So there you have it, a quick checklist to make sure you are on track to graduate. If anything else, make sure to keep attending class and study as hard as you did when you were a freshman. You can’t graduate if you fail out of school!

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