Students Rent Textbooks and Save $30 Million in 2011 With

by collegelife on December 15, 2011

Easiest to use textbook rental site sees more than 229% increase over last year

MURRAY, Ky., Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/, the easiest-to-use online textbook resource that serves the full spectrum of higher education students, today announced that its customers have benefited from nearly $30 million in savings in 2011 by using CBR to rent, purchase new or used and sell-back textbooks online. Students and parents taking advantage of these savings drove CBR’s website to a 229% increase in unique visitors when compared to last year, outpacing all other players in the textbook rental market.

“It is gratifying to us to have been able to make such an enormous impact in helping college students offset the high costs associated with attaining a higher education,” said Chuck Jones, CEO, College Book Renter.”The rapid user adoption we are seeing shows that students have done their homework to find  an easy, efficient and affordable way to get textbooks online.”

To further CBR’s commitment to helping make college more affordable and accessible, the fast-growing company is offering one lucky student a tuition award of $10,000 through a new contest give-away. Students can enter to win at until December 31st, 2011.

As the semester winds to a close, CBR is also helping to make it even easier for students to sell back books online, with a unique social media buyback pricing service on Facebook and Twitter. For the first time, students will be able to obtain a price quote for textbooks they plan on selling at the end of the semester by posting their ISBN numbers. CBR will respond with payment options and a direct link to the website where students can complete the process.

How It Works has a simple three-step process for students to personalize their textbooks needs.

  • Fill Your Bag: Students provide a textbook rental list by entering titles, authors or multiple ISBNs all at once, benefiting from an automatic bundle discount applied to the rental of three books or more.  By using this feature, students can actually save up to 85% on books.
  • Textbook Rental Options: Students can choose from three different textbook rental periods for each college textbook rental.
  • Return Books: Students can print a prepaid UPS shipping label and return their books for free.


Largest Textbook Inventory, which has the largest book inventory available, offers a host of convenient and flexible services for cash- and time-strapped students. For example, students have the option of applying rental costs toward the purchase of a book if they need to do so once courses have gotten underway.  Students can sell back textbooks, even if they were purchased from another source, 365 days a year. For more personalized help, students can also access CBR’s in-house customer service including a quick “click to chat” option as well as live phone support.

“I am always looking for creative ways to save cash,” said Taylor Rinehart, a Florida State University senior.  “ is a no brainer for students like me who are always looking for ways to make college life more affordable.”

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