UC Davis Stores hit a milestone this quarter: renting its 150,000th textbook since the rental program started in fall 2010. The option to rent instead of buy required course materials has saved students more than $3.5 million over that period, a news release said.
Students can save up to 71 percent by renting instead of purchasing textbooks, and they can still write, highlight, dog-ear and essentially use a rental textbook as if it is their own for the duration of the rental period, a news release said.
“Having a price comparison tool on our website allows customers to see that, with our rental pricing, we are often the least expensive option out there,” said Kato Meley, assistant director of course materials.
UC Davis Stores is one of the last remaining independent, not-for-profit university bookstores in California. All of its profits are returned to student programs and services.
UC Davis Stores also was the first university retailer in the nation to offer textbook price comparison that includes more than a dozen alternative booksellers; now, more than 300 university and college stores have followed their lead.