Amazon is now offering Kindle Textbook Rental, giving students digital textbooks for up to 80% off. TechCrunch reports that the service allows students to customize their rental, so they only pay to have the book as long as they need it?anywhere from 30 to 360 days. In addition, Amazon’s Whispersync technology allows students to keep their notes in the Amazon Cloud, and Amazon offers to continue this storage past the end of a rental period.
The Kindle Textbook Rental program works on Kindle devices and Kindle apps, which work on most computers or mobile devices. Other companies, including Chegg, Kno and Inkling, also offer digital textbook rentals.