Over 1000 shows, 10 years, and 200,000 miles have passed since Dean Fields went on the road to pursue a career in music. During that time his address changed from Richmond VA to Miami to Boston until most recently settling in Nashville TN. Now, he hits the road again to promote his most recent release “Any Minute Now.”

His recent homecoming has found Fields selling out shows in Richmond VA, as well as nearby Washington DC. “Dean Fields writes lyrics like Leonard Cohen and sings like Jeff Buckley. It’s no surprise that there’s a serious buzz on this Virginia singer-songwriter.” (Free Times) While continuing to feed his passion for music, Dean is fueled by a single-minded love to perform, sharing the stage with KT TunstallBlues TravelerRosanne CashEric HutchinsonColin HayBob Schneider,AuqualungHootie and the BlowfishJohn HiattCakeBruce HornsbyRusted RootMadeleine PeyrouxCarbon Leaf, among others. In addition, Fields’ maturity as a writer and performer is brought to the fore by some of the region’s finest musicians. The band features members of Mandy Moore, Sparklehorse, Agents of Good Roots, KD Lang, Carbonleaf and Modern Groove Syndicate.

artist of the week_Dean FieldsWhere were you born?

I was born and raised in Virginia, right outside of Richmond.

How and when did you start playing music?

I started playing piano when I was four or five years old, and grew up playing classical music.  My dad got a guitar for a Christmas present when I was fourteen years old.  I stole his guitar and played it all the time.

When did you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in music?

I grew up wanting to be a runner.  I ran competitively at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, but I got injured.  So then I decided to go to grad school at the University of Miami to study music.  I didn’t want to go but its what everyone was doing.  However, as soon as I found my voice as a songwriter I was out of there.

What was your major in Grad School?

I studied MBEI.  Which is Music Business Entertainment Industry.  Not many schools were offering solely Music Business back then.  I also studied Audio Engineering.

What are the steps of your songwriting process?

It used to just be messing around until I found something cool, but now its much more simplified.  Musically, my classical background helps me construct a melody, and lyrically it’s my love for reading.  If I’m co-writing I usually come with a hook ready, and if I’m not I’ve just developed the discipline to knock out a song in four hours or so.

Do you currently have a publishing deal?

Nope, I don’t have anything.  I pitch all my own songs and book all my own shows.  I appreciate anyone’s help, but I’ve realized that no one will work as hard as I will because it is my music.  I know me and know what I want to do and think about it all day and night, I can’t expect that from someone else.

What has been your favorite recording experience?

The first record I made, I was in the studio with Alan Weatherhead who used to be in a band called Sparklehorse.  He’s a great engineer, who kind of fly’s under the radar.  He is like the secret weapon of Richmond, Virginia.  The studio is called Sound of Music. I knew nothing about what I was doing.  I was just winging it.  Alan was awesome; he had this idea to just have everyone in the room be a part of the record. We made it sound like the recording was in a bar, with all this background noise, and people telling jokes in the background.  It was really cool; we were all singing around the same mic, it was very spontaneous.  It was fun, it sounded like garbage, but it was great for that song.

What has been your favorite live performance experience?

I like it when there is a super loud crowd that I can shut up with my music.  I think that’s amazing, now when it is the other way around it sucks.  I just played this show with Levi Lowrey in Atlanta and that happened there.  None of the crowd was ready for my sound, but it worked.  It was weird when I used to play college gigs because I had to make them feel like they were having an awesome time, while satisfying my need to be heard.

Do you have any summer touring plans coming up?

I actually have a big tour coming up.  My home market in Virginia is solid; I can sell out venues there.  I have other friends who can do the same in other markets.  I reached out to them and said I’ve worked twelve years to get to this point, I’ll trade you my twelve years for your twelve years.  So we put together a twelve-gig tour, and we expect to sell out at least four venues.  That tour starts in June and spans from Georgia to New Hampshire, we’re playing Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, Washington DC, Philly, New York, Boston, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


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Described as the next guitar phenomenon, Nashville Singer/Songwriter and guitarist, Justin Forrest, 21, brings a breath of fresh air to today’s music industry. Since winning the 2012 SESAC Project Next Showcase, Justin has started to build quite a reputation on the Nashville music scene and gained a good following here in the Southeast. The Project Next Showcase is sponsored by SESAC to put a spotlight on up & coming writers and or Artists and it found a gem in Justin. After winning the showcase, Justin went on to debut himself at Hard Rock Nashville and sold out the venue. Since the beginning of 2013, Justin has been in a hiatus creating the groundwork to his career, and recording his debut album entitled “Chapters.”

How long have you been in Nashville playing music?

First time was when I was 11 and have just been doing it ever since. Around 15 years now.

Who are the biggest musical influences, and who do you think you sounds like?

Before my father passed away he put in  a DVD of Stevie Ray Vaughan. This was probably when I was about 6 or 7 years old. After watching him on the DVD player it moved me and I knew I wanted more of it, so that’s what I think really influenced me first. As far as songwriting goes, definitely Bob Dylan, John Mayer, and even Jay-Z because of his empire that he’s built and his determination that he has with his music.

Since winning the 2012 SESAC Project Next Showcase, how has things changed?

Once I won the showcase I no longer felt like I had to prove myself because I had producers and other music industry professionals from SESAC backing me. It was just the validation that people actually liked my stuff. After the showcase I got a fire lit under my belt that I can actually do this.

Tell us the process you take to write music.

1383564_681167675228131_129264029_nI definitely always write music from the heart. I am firm believer that if an artist is singing a song, you can’t sing it unless you have some sort of special relationship to it. For instance, when I wrote “City Life” in the LA airport, I was searching for a fresh start, or a new chapter in my life. A chapter to just be anonymous in LA but still struggling with leaving Nashville because I love it so much. But, I still had that urge to try something new.

Do you have a favorite track off “Chapters,” if so what is it?

Saved by the sun is probably my favorite, because I go wild every time I play it live for a crowd. Pulling out Hendrix moves and what not. I just connect so well with it because it reminds me of when I first picked up the guitar and played blues and R&B.

What are your long-term goals as an artist?

I just want to keep pushing forward, making good music so I can continue to connect to a wide audience. I want to keep the intimate vibe, whether it be at Exit-In, The Ryman, or even the Bridgestone Arena. Hopefully 5 years from now I’ll be touring the US and maybe even internationally. Whether it be signing a record deal with Sony or small independent label.

What is your advice for others following their dreams? (not just in music)

I think society puts it in people’s heads that you graduate high school, then go to college, then get a white picket fence and get married. But every single person is different and they walk their own path. My heart desired to play music, so that’s what I did. I believe people need to take leaps and go towards the happiness that their heart tells them, and not just what people expect them to do. For the last couple years I’ve been blessed to work for a ma and pa music shop here in town and my boss taught me to just go for it and follow what you think it right. We only live once and when I am 80 years old, I want to say I lived a life that was meaningful. Even if I have had failures, I just kept moving forward on to the next chapter.

Interviewed by Mitchell Manning

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artist of the week_Forlorn Strangers

Forlorn Strangers is made up of Ben, Chris, Jesse, Hannah and Abigail. Hailing from different states around the country, they are united by their love for Americana music and their passion for songwriting. They are a heavy, harmony based, Americana influenced group that brings positive vibes to every show they play. Their first CD “While The Grass Grows” was released in September and they have since been touring the east coast. The writing and recording process is something special to them as they all contribute and get to watch a song come to life.

You are from Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, and Virginia, how did you all meet and form?

Chris: Ben, Hannah and I met at a college in West Palm Beach, FL called Palm Beach Atlantic University. Then we moved to Waco, TX and worked on a farm before making the move to Nashville.

Hannah: We met Jesse as soon as we moved to Nashville last Fall, a little over a year ago. Then we begged my sister Abigail to move here to be in the band. We were like “We need you!”

Abigail: We are kind of like a family band. Ben and Hannah are getting married in late April.

Why did you make the decision to move to Nashville?

Hannah: Nashville is kind of hub. We were from cool places like the middle of Texas and south Florida, but there wasn’t much of a music scene or room for growth as a band. Nashville seemed like the most central.

Jesse: There are a lot of people making music right now in Nashville and it is good to be around it.

What would you most compare your sound to? Most similar artist?

Jesse: I feel like it’s like Americana music.

Hannah: That’s a hard question.

Abigail: We did get Fleetwood Mac once.

Jesse: Yes, we got Fleetwood Mac.

Ben: The sound is vocal harmonies based.

Jesse: If there is a current artist we would like to be compared to it is Pokey LaFarge.

Ben: It’s a weird animal because it’s not a bluegrass band, but we have bluegrass instrumentation. It’s not gospel or barber shop or any of those vocal close harmony styles.

Jesse: It’s not pop, but some of it is written like pop songs.

Hannah: All in all, we want to be a mix of Pokey LaFarge and Fleetwood Mac.

How do you start writing a song?

Hannah: All five of us write so it’s different for each person. We all bring something to the table. I think the idea behind the band was as songwriters. I think we start with a song lyrically and bring it to the rest of the band to flesh out.

Jesse: And then I tear it down.

Abigail: But we do call it a skeleton. Somebody has a melody and maybe acoustic guitar and brings the skeleton to the band to fit in the other instrumentation and harmonies. Whoever writes a song sings lead.

Jesse: It ends up being a pretty beautiful process, like to learn about yourself and to learn about your family.

Hannah: I wrote “While The Grass Grows” after listening to a harp player and wrote it as a slow, minor song and we brought it and it was super fun the way everyone heard it different than I thought it would be.

Jesse: The way you wrote it was banging on a wall and singing.

Can you tell us about “While The Grass Grows” and how recording the album has been for you?

Hannah: It was great. Jesse our bass player let us record it in his home studio.

ForlornStrangers02Ben and Jesse: Yeah, Jesse recorded, mixed and mastered it.

Hannah: It was a fun process because talking about the songwriting we just trust one another. We are willing to give, in the creative process, control to everybody and even if it’s your song it is still everybody’s song. It’s fun to see the work come together and take shape in the studio.

Chris: Abby hadn’t come down here yet, so she came down for a week and we all took off to work on it.

You have been touring a lot on the east coast, where has your favorite place been and what has been your favorite part of touring?

Hannah: Oh man, we got back last night at 10 or 11 from tour.

Ben: My favorite part is thinking about all the logistics like talking to venues and figuring out driving and gas. You think it will be negative sometimes, but we experienced a minimum of that. We thought we would be eating like birds, and we just got stuff thrown at us.

Chris: Yeah, we went into some venues that didn’t seem friendly or hospitable but our music seemed to cut through. We played at this one venue where the opening bands were both punk and by the end of the night we were all hanging out and drinking together.

What are your summer plans?

Ben: First and foremost, I’m getting hitched. Then we are recording and focusing on a fall tour.

What’s your favorite show you have ever seen?

All: Pokey LaFarge.

Abigail: I went with my mom to see Dr. Dog in Philly opening for The Head and the Heart and it blew my mind.

Jesse: I got to see Levon Helm before he passed.

Do you have any advice for inspiring musicians?

All: Keep on keeping on.

Jesse: Discipline along with creativity and being yourself.

Hannah: Patience.

Abigail: Just continue to love it and do it because you love it.

What is your favorite part about being artist of the week?

All: Wells talking about our song, playing the show at Soulshine, really all of it. We’ve been letting this show push us through our tour and it has helped us keep the momentum going.

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As radio goes more and more corporate, having an independent station on the dial is critical for up-and-coming musicians and fans of good music. Nashville’s independent Lightning 100 (WRLT-FM) was one of the country’s first Adult Album Alternative stations and still serves the local music community as a voice for the little guy. In a music-loving market like Nashville, this is a huge job.

As a fan of all things music and local, College Book Renter recently joined with Lightning 100 to sponsor their Artist of the Week program that helps put local musicians on the charts through regular airplay before culminating in a big Friday Afternoon Live concert at Soulshine Pizza. (We’re also sponsoring their Music City Mayhem battle of the bands, but more on that later.)

Together with Justin Hammel, Lightning 100’s morning DJ Wells Adams hosts the615, a weekly show that focuses exclusively on Nashville bands, so he has a unique perspective on the Nashville a music scene. To kick off our sponsorship, College Book Renter sat down with Wells to talk about the path he took to this sweet gig, the role of mentors in his career, and which local artists he could see going national soon.

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THE ROAD TO GLORY

Wells grew up in Monterey, California two hours south of San Francisco, and got his start in radio during high school. While he attended an all-boys Catholic school, many of his friends attended the private Stevenson School in nearby Pebble Beach. Stevenson had its own radio station – KSPB Radio Stevenson – and offered classes about radio production that also allowed students to host their own shows

Even though Wells attended another school altogether, he talked the station’s Program Director into letting him co-host a show with his buddy, who did attend Stevenson. Wells didn’t have to take the classes associated with the show, but he got to do the fun part of being on the radio.

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In 2002, Wells went to Ole Miss to study journalism. While in Oxford, he did a little bit of everything. He wrote for the Daily Mississippian, the school’s newspaper. He produced segments for the college TV station. But much to his surprise, he found that he loved his time on Rebel Radio the most. He especially liked telling the stories behind the music and introducing listeners to new artists, which he got to do with his late-night jazz show (the least popular but most fun show he ever hosted).

Throughout his college career, he just kept showing up at the station and putting in the hours, which led to his steady rise to the position of Program Director.

After college, Wells moved to Nashville and started looking for a job in media while waiting tables. At first he worked as a board operator for a few live shows produced by Lightning 100. Again, he just kept showing up and putting in the hours until they hired him as a DJ. Once he had his foot in the door, he found himself next in line whenever people would move on to other jobs or stations.

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THE LIFE OF A MORNING JOCK

As the morning DJ, Wells wakes up every weekday at 4am and works until 2pm. He may get an afternoon nap before heading back out to host one of his live shows or events around town. But he wouldn’t change a thing: “If someone told me in college that I would one day have a morning show in Nashville at a time when Nashville is the national leader in cool new music, I would have jumped at it, no matter the cost.”

THE ROLE OF MENTORS

In addition to the Program Director at Stevenson who allowed Wells to co-host a show without even attending the school, Wells credits a long list of mentors for his success.

David Kellum, Ole Miss sports announcer and “Voice of the Rebels,” was an early encouragement for Wells, taking him to lunch on several occasions to discuss the industry. Chris Green, Wells’ former student Program Director at Ole Miss and current DJ in Birmingham, consistently pushed Wells to try new things.

Wells says his bosses at Lightning 100 saw something in him that he didn’t even see in himself, especially current Program Director Dave Rossi.

“Mentors are so critical to your early growth,” Wells says. “Seek out the best ones you can find.”

ADVICE TO STUDENTS

Diversify.

“My college experience was so weird compared to everyone else, especially at Ole Miss,” says Wells. “I did so many different things: Radio, TV, fraternity life, played rugby, hung out with musicians and the theater crowd. Attempted improv comedy.” Because he didn’t limit himself to one group of friends, he can now relate to a wide range of people, which is invaluable in a mass media field like radio.

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THE NASHVILLE MUSIC SCENE

Nashville has always been a great town for musicians, and in 2007, the local music scene was already solid, especially in Indie Rock. But since 2010, Wells says things have really changed: “Though we’re still very country-centric, having artists like Jack White, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, and Civil Wars move to town has led to an explosion of talent in different genres.”

Wells says that Nashville is becoming less about country music specifically and more about just good music, some of which is country and some of which is world pop, indie rock, electronica, and everything in-between.

Lightning 100 has that “just play good music” mentality, no matter where it comes from. That’s why their recent lineup includes plays by artists like Kacey Musgraves, Lorde, Trampled by Turtles, MGMT, and Nashville favorites Moon Taxi.

As the national music scene moves more toward increased localization, Wells thinks Lightning 100 is already ahead of the curve.

FAVORITE NEW ARTISTS

Of course the man has too many how new artists to name, but when pressed, Wells gives up this list of three you shouldn’t miss.

  1. Blank Range: “They have the potential to go really big really fast. They’re all talented musicians. A real musician’s band but also a deep bench in songwriting.”
  2. Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes: “Just a great pop band. Infectious melodies and a high-energy live show.”
  3. Alanna Royale: “They’re new to town but hit the ground running. They won last year’s Road to Bonnaroo and performed there. Alanna herself is from Boston and bigger than life. She is going to will herself to be famous.”
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Even if you don’t own a radio (gasp) or are not within range of the WRLT-FM tower, you can always listen online at Lightning100.com.

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COLLEGEBOOKRENTER ANNOUNCES MOVE TO NASHVILLE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM

Leadership team implements big changes, expands inventory five fold

NASHVILLE, TN December 23, 2013CollegeBookRenter, a leading textbook rental and buyback company, has announced that the company’s headquarters will be moved to Nashville, TN, at the end of this year. The decision to move to the vibrant, college-saturated area came from the company’s new management team, composed of seasoned executives with a wealth of experience in education, publishing and consumer goods industries.

“There have been a lot of exciting changes in this company during the last six months. We increased our inventory by nearly five times this fall semester’s offerings, making more titles available nationwide,” said John Wittman, CEO of CollegeBookRenter. “We’ve also streamlined company roles and implemented systemic, technology-driven solutions which have allowed us to increase our margins and pass those savings along to the students.”

Since June, CollegeBookRenter’s new leadership has reevaluated the company’s business plan and made sweeping changes. They increased the company’s capacity for margin creation, improved operation structures, reduced operating expenses, increased investment in revenue-baring assets, and built relationships with some of the biggest textbook distributors in the country.

“Our focus is on giving students, and their parents, the best experience and value possible,” said Wittman. “The company went through a period of serious mismanagement, but we now have the right people and procedures in place to fulfill our promise to consumers. Because of that, we consider ourselves to be a ‘re-startup’ company.

“Nashville is bursting with talent and a burgeoning technology scene. Moving the headquarters here was the next logical step in the company’s fresh start.”

To ensure success, CollegeBookRenter is developing long-term activities and operations plans. The company is also bringing previously outsourced responsibilities in-house, and investing in new associates with specific skill sets.

“We’re off to a good start, but this is just the beginning. We look forward to seeing these investments pay off,” said Wittman.

About CollegeBookRenter.com:

CollegeBookRenter is an online college textbook rental company that was acquired by Instructional Materials Management Solutions in June 2013. CollegeBookRenter has been helping students save money in the college marketplace since 2009. The company is dedicated to making college more affordable for students by saving them up to 85% off of their textbooks. It also offers highly competitive textbook buyback rates and even better CollegeBookRenter credit rates, which can be applied to future rentals. CollegeBookRenter aims to provide students with all of the materials that they need, without any hidden fees or monthly service charges.

For more information visit:  http://www.CollegeBookRenter.com or www.facebook.com/CollegeBookRenter

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How do I enter the sweepstakes?

CollegeBookRenter is running TWO simultaneous daily sweepstakes giveaways between 12/5/13 – 12/20/13. Our “Happy Holidays” sweepstakes takes place on our website and celebrates the season of giving with some of the year’s hottest gifts. “Thanks for Sharing” takes place on Facebook and is our little way of saying thanks for letting us share in your college experience. Both of the daily sweepstakes will be announced on our Facebook page.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS: To be entered for the daily website prize, all you have to do is log in to your CollegeBookRenter.com account. No purchase is necessary to win and new users can set up an account in minutes. If you already have an account but have not logged in recently, you will be required to update your personal information upon first login. Though you DO have to log in to enter, no purchase is necessary.

THANKS FOR SHARING: To be entered for the daily Facebook prize, all you have to do is “LIKE” or “COMMENT” on the daily sweepstake- eligible post on Facebook. We encourage you to share the post with your friends so they can enter as well. “LIKE” the CollegeBookRenter Facebook page to ensure that you receive notifications for future promotions.

I don’t have a CollegeBookRenter account, can I still enter?

You are not required to have a CollegeBookRenter account to be entered for the daily Facebook prize.

 You are required to have a CollegeBookRenter account to be entered for the daily website prize.  If you do not have a CollegeBookRenter account, it only takes a few minutes to set one up. Visit www.collegebookrenter.com , click on the Login/Register button at the top, and follow the instructions.

Do I have to update my account daily?

No. Once you have logged in and updated your account once, the information will be retained. To be entered any other days, all you have to do is log in to your account.

Does logging in multiple times in the same day increase my chances of winning?

No.  You can only be entered for the prize once daily regardless of the number of times that you log in to your account. Be sure to log in at least once daily to be entered for each day’s prize.

Does placing an order increase my chances of winning?

No. No purchase is necessary to win, nor does renting increase your chances of winning. However, if you do rent your books now, you can take advantage of our early bird discount. Use discount code EARLY20 to save 20% on your rentals, which should make everyone feel like a winner!

 How are the winners chosen?

Winners are chosen at random from all eligible entrants for that prize.

How will I know if I have won?

If you are one of our lucky Facebook winners, we will message you through Facebook.

If you win one of our website prizes, we will notify you through the email address you used to log in to the winning account.

When will I be notified if I’ve won?

We will send notifications on the day following each sweepstakes giveaway. Weekend prize winners (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) will be notified on the following Monday.

How long do I have to claim my prize?

Winners will have 48 hours from when the notifications are sent to claim their prize. We may allow an additional 24-hour grace period on a case-by-case basis.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize. Once the prize has been claimed and the winners verified, we will post the winners’ names to Facebook.

Can I change my prize if I don’t like it?

All prizes are final and can not be traded for other prizes or cash. 

What happens to any unclaimed prizes?

All unclaimed prizes will be held and given away in another promotion in the coming weeks, so be sure to continue to follow us on Facebook and check out our site to stay informed.

What does CollegeBookRenter have planned for the holidays?

Besides eating lots and lots of cookies? We are continuing to expand our inventory by partnering with trusted book suppliers and are offering unprecedented discounts on early bird rentals through the discount code EARLY20.

 

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COLLEGEBOOKRENTER.COM LAUNCHES BIG GIVEAWAY AND DISCOUNT PROMOTION JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The online book rental company is giving away daily prizes, paying top dollar on book buy backs, and offering 20% off next semester book rentals

MURRAY, KY December 5, 2013—CollegeBookRenter.com, a leading textbook rental company, has announced its “Thanks for Sharing” campaign will run from December 5th through December 20th. The company will be giving away daily prizes on both their website and Facebook page. People can create a CollegeBookRenter account or log into their existing account each day to be entered for that day’s prize. There will also be prizes given away on Facebook to users who like and comment on their posts.

“College is a very rewarding experience, but it can also be a challenging one. We want to thank our current customers for letting us be a part of their education,” said John Wittman, CEO of CollegeBookRenter.  “We also want to congratulate all students who completed the semester. While we can’t reduce the expense of tuition, we can help students save a lot of money on textbooks and give out some great daily prizes.”

Some of the holiday campaign prizes include an Xbox One and Playstation 4; an iPad Air; an iPad Mini; $500 gift cards to Southwest airlines and BestBuy; $200-$250 gift cards to Zappos, Ugg’s, Sephora, NorthFace, Anthropologie, and Tiffany’s & Co.; a year subscription to Netflix; and many more.

Students eager to save money on next semester’s books can save an additional 20% on CollegeBookRenter’s already discounted rates with the Early Bird special. Rentals placed by December 25th for spring classes are eligible and books can be kept until May 2014 for one flat rate.

In addition to renting textbooks, CollegeBookRenter buys back textbooks at the most competitive rates and even pays the shipping, providing a more lucrative option than most college bookstores. Customers who apply their return to future rentals will receive an even higher trade-in value.

On average, CollegeBookRenter saves students an average 74% on textbooks, a savings of $440 to $590 per semester.  And, unlike many other book-renting outlets, CollegeBookRenter offers straightforward pricing options without costing customers costly monthly fees.

About CollegeBookRenter.com:

CollegeBookRenter.com is an online college textbook rental company owned by Instructional Materials Management Solutions.  CollegeBookRenter has been helping students save money in the college marketplace since 2009.  The company is dedicated to making college more affordable for students, by saving them up to 85% off of their textbooks.  CollegeBookRenter aims to provide students with all of the materials that they need, without any hidden fees or monthly service charges.

For more information visit:  www.CollegeBookRenter.com or Facebook.com/CollegeBookRenter

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Collegebookrenter.com launches two-week promotional campaign for new and existing users. Customers will get a 12% discount on textbook rentals, free shipping both ways, and are eligible for great prizes

CollegeBookRenter.com (CBR), a leading textbook rental company, has announced an ambitious, two-week promotional campaign to reward new and existing customers as they begin the fall semester. Over the next couple of weeks, anyone who signs up or logs into an existing CBR account will be eligible to win one of the 24 daily gifts. Additionally, CBR will be giving away a variety of prizes, such as Xbox One and Playstation 4 systems, $500 Visa gift cards, and iPad minis on their Facebook page.

“Everyone knows the cost of a college education continues to skyrocket and students are graduating with mountains of debt,” said CEO John Wittman. “And textbooks are no exception. Some recent studies have shown that the cost of textbooks is growing faster than tuitions. Industry sources report the average student spends between $600 and $800 each semester on textbooks and other instructional materials. We want to do our part to make higher education affordable, and renting textbooks instead of buying them is a great way to help control expenditures.”

On average, CollegeBookRenter.com saves students an average 74% on textbooks, a savings of $440 to $590 per semester.

“Like many, I saved my college textbooks with thoughts of building my professional library,” Wittman continued. “I thought it made sense. Recently, I discovered three boxes I’ve continued to move without opening since 1984. Two of them contained my old textbooks that I haven’t touched. Unbelievable! I have a rather large library today and not one textbook on my shelf. There is a significant difference between textbooks and professional books for most vocations. Between the rising costs of textbooks, and the fact that students typically use a book for only one semester, renting is the logical solution.”

CollegeBookRenter.com is offering free standard shipping to and from its customers, as well as a 12% discount with a coupon code. In addition, CBR aims to keep their process streamlined and simple, with no games or gimmicks that lead students into ongoing monthly fees.

“We feature one easy-to-understand price and return date per book for each academic period,” Wittman said. “We strive to be simple and straight forward with students. The stress and pressure they’re under is more than enough without us adding to it.”

Other prizes in the promotion include Beats headphones, a one-year subscription to Netflix, and Vera Bradley, Coach, and Oakley gift cards.

A full listing of the rules can be found here http://www.collegebookrenter.com/legal.cfm

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Save Your Way Through College

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by collegelife on September 14, 2012

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As tuitions rise and state governments continue to cut budgets for higher education, seeing your way through college is becoming more and more challenging. You can either spend less or make more, preferably both. Here are some suggestions you might want to take a look at. [Read the full article…]

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