June 6, 2010
For Rent, More and More: Textbooks
Stephanie Bruce for The Chronicle
It's been a tough decade for college bookstores.
While much of their revenue comes from T-shirts, hoodies, and shot glasses, bookstores have still felt the pinch as students turn to flourishing online competitors to buy cheaper print books or digital texts.
Now campus bookstores are faced with yet another challenge: More and more students want to rent textbooks, not buy them. A small but growing number of students are renting textbooks for iPads and Kindles through online