Barnes & Noble expands textbook rental program

NEW YORK – Barnes & Noble’s college bookstore unit said Monday it is expanding its textbook rental program.

The program, which began as a pilot in January, is offered through campus bookstores managed by Barnes & Noble. Users have the option of renting in campus bookstores or online.

The books are offered for at least 50 percent off the purchase of a new textbook and users can return rental textbooks either in stores or by mail after they are due back up to 10 days after the last day of finals.

Barnes & Noble Inc. didn’t give a specific total of stores offering the program but said hundreds of schools have signed up.

Meanwhile, Borders said in July it is offering 1.4 million textbooks for sale online, including used textbooks for up to 90 percent off.

The site also has a textbook buyback option. The site was created with Alibris, an online bookseller.

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