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Netflix Like Company Offers Textbooks for Rent


is a new company that is offering college textbooks for rent. You pay a one time rental fee for the book and you can pay an additional amount if you keep it. If you choose only to rent, the textbook is available to you until the end of your semester. There is no limit to the number of books you rent. The rental fees are approximately 50-60% off the retail price. I don’t know how that compares with used textbook prices.

The site is open for ordering around the clock and your books are shipped within 1-2 business days after placing the order. Returns are just as easy by printing of the pre-paid shipping label online and sending it in the mail.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. George Burke
    Aug 22, 2007 @ 09:51:24

    As the owner of a current book rental website, I’ve been taking a close look at Textbookflix and have found their book renting business model fascinating. My company,, focuses on mostly renting out leisure reading books (fiction and nonfiction) and did not want to go after the student textbook market. operates like a “netflix” for books where users build a queue of rental books and receive them as per a monthly membership. The number of books are dependent upon the book rental plan.

    BookSwim offers unlimited rentals per month, free shipping back and forth, and never any late fees.

    Just wanted you to stay on top of the book rental market and realize that this is going to be an up and coming marketplace.

    George Burke
    Chief Marketing Officer

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