You can now rent textbooks from the Amazon Kindle Store

Today Amazon announced the opening of its new Kindle Textbooks store (www.amazon.com/kindletextbooks). Titles will be available to rent for periods from 30 to 360 days, and you can increase the rental period in increments as small as one day, or purchase license the book outright at any point.

Amazon is crowing that students can save up to 80% on their textbooks by renting them from the Kindle Store, but The Digital Reader did a price comparison on a random textbook and tweeted that it’s still cheaper to buy and then resell a print edition.

I think the more compelling feature is that any notes or highlights will be saved on Amazon’s servers under the customer’s Kindle account, just like other notes and highlights, and will remain available even after the rental period ends.

www.amazon.com/kindletextbooks

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