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thrasherll

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Have I missed something? Rent an ebook?
Posted: Jul 11, 2014 11:15 AM
 
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http://amzn.com/B002ZZ3YMO

I came across that book in a random search. It says I can buy the book for $17.99 or rent it for $6.19. The button you click to rent it has a "Details" help button that shows the rental options -- 30 days, 60 days, etc.

Is this something new? I suppose it might be limited to big publishers but I have never seen it before and I spend a lot of time wandering around the amazon website. I clicked on several of the current bestsellers and none of them are for rent.

L. L. Thrasher
starnssv

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Re: Have I missed something? Rent an ebook?
Posted: Jul 11, 2014 11:41 AM   in response to: thrasherll in response to: thrasherll
 
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I believe this is considered a textbook of sorts. Renting a textbook for a college course is certainly cheaper, and for college students, cheaper is better. I vaguely remember reading somewhere about the possibility of renting digital textbooks.
Sharon

PS yep, I did read it...http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000702481

Edited by: starnssv on Jul 11, 2014 11:52 AM
extradimensions

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Re: Have I missed something? Rent an ebook?
Posted: Jul 11, 2014 11:56 AM   in response to: thrasherll in response to: thrasherll
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A renting option is common with textbooks. It even happens to indie authors. There was a textbook author on the CreateSpace community forum complaining about this last year.
thrasherll

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Re: Have I missed something? Rent an ebook?
Posted: Jul 11, 2014 12:35 PM   in response to: thrasherll in response to: thrasherll
 
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Many thanks to both starnssv and extradimensions. I guess I've just never stumbled across a textbook before. And I don't remember textbooks having such fun-sounding names. Somehow I missed all the classes on Film Noir. Anyway, I think it's great that students are able to save some money by renting a textbook.

L. L. Thrasher
Notjohn

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Re: Have I missed something? Rent an ebook?
Posted: Jul 12, 2014 3:43 AM   in response to: thrasherll in response to: thrasherll
 
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Yeah, I saw my first one this week. It was a scholarly text at $50 or so, but I could have rented it for $20 or so.

Not a bad idea, actually. Personally I'd rather borrow it through inter-library loan, though it takes a couple weeks and two trips to the library, one to pick it up and another to return it.

The local university has an increasing number of books available only in digital form. One can read them online or download as a PDF for two weeks.

Increasingly we are renting the furniture of our lives rather than owning the stuff. Indeed, there's a sense in which all e-books are essentially just borrowed, not owned.

Good luck! -- NJ

The book: Notjohn's Guide to Kindle Publishing: Ten Steps to Selling Your E-book on Amazon (Or Anywhere Else) (Third Edition)

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