Amazon have just announced their new money saver for you lucky students:
From now on you no longer have to buy (and lug around with you) loads of expensive and heavy text books any more, you can simply rent them from the Kindle store.
You can now simply rent them for as long as you need them, and at the end of the period, they will simply Self-Destruct, but, and this is an interesting aspect of this scheme, all your notes and any other things you have saved while using the etext book will remain available to you via the wonders of Whispersync.
Obviously this system will work on any device you happen to prefer to use for reading Kindle eBooks, thus on any computer (both PC and Mac), smart phones and any other device in which you have a Kindle ebook reading App installed.
As Dave Limp, vice president, Amazon Kindle puts it:
“Students tell us that they enjoy the low prices we offer on new and used print textbooks. Now we’re excited to offer students an option to rent Kindle textbooks and only pay for the time they need–with savings up to 80% off the print list price on a 30-day rental.”
In fact you can rent these etext books for any period from 30 days to 360 days, and should you for example rent one for 55 days, and then discover you will need it for another few days, then you can simply lengthen the rental period by the needed few days more.
Amazon claim that you can make savings of up to 80% on your text book spending if you make use of this scheme, which seems to me to be a no brainer really.
Keep your notes for later use:
Also, as I mentioned above, they offer a really useful extra to this scheme, namely the following:
We’ve done a little something extra we think students will enjoy. Normally, when you sell your print textbook at the end of the semester you lose all the margin notes and highlights you made as you were studying. We’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you get to keep and access all of your notes and highlighted content in the Amazon Cloud, available anytime, anywhere – even after a rental expires. If you choose to rent again or buy at a later time, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”
One has to admire Amazon, they seem to be able to come up with good ideas that meet real needs in the reading community, and this one has to be one of their better ideas it seems to me. Read full story »