Friday, August 14, 2009

Rent-a-Text

Textbooks are a big part of the college expense, and now there is a new way for Vol State students to get textbooks...by renting instead of buying them. It's just a pilot program right now, so the classes involved in the program are quite limited. You'll find a complete list at the bottom of this entry.

Follett, the national company that runs the Vol State Bookstore, calls the program Rent-A-Text. It began this week and they have already had a number of students choosing to rent instead of purchasing their textbooks. The rental fee is 42.5% of calculated new retail price, which could be a savings of over 55% to the students. Here are the details:

Student Requirements
• Students will be required
to provide a valid credit card
at the time of rental regardless
of how they are paying for the
rental fee. This is to charge
customer for book in case they
don’t return the book.
• Students will be required
to have a valid driver’s license
to rent. This is also to assist in
collections if student doesn’t
return the book.
• Students will be required to
have an e-mail address. This
is to send e-mail reminders to
students regarding when to
return the book.

What happens if a student doesn’t
return a book?

Non-return of a book will result in the
customer being charged the standard retail
amount (75% of new price) plus a penalty
(7.5% of new text price).
What happens if a student wants
to buy the book after he/she has
rented it?

Students will have the option of returning
to the store and converting their rental into
a standard sale during the period prior to
midterm exams (approximately 8 weeks from
class start date). The student will receive a
refund of their rental fee and be charged
regular retail price based upon the original condition of the
book rented (new or used).
Can a student return a book and get their rental fee
back if he/she drops a class?


Yes, rental refunds will be allowed during the normal refund
period for the store at which the title was rented. Standard (by
location) refund conditions will apply in regard to the condition
of the book, retention of the receipt, etc.
How much time is allotted to return the book at the
end of the semester?


The bookstore will implement a rental return date, by which
all rental titles must be returned. The last
day of classes and exams will be taken into
consideration when setting the rental return
date. Any book not returned by that date
will be charged to the customer at standard
retail amount (75% of new price) plus a
penalty (7.5% of new text price). Students
will receive at least three (actually, four total)
e-mail reminders prior to the rental return due
date. Any book returned after the due date
will only qualify as a buyback, with standard
retail and wholesale rates applied.
How long before classes start will
rental books be available?


Rental books will be available on the
same time frame as books for regular sale.
Typically, course materials inventory is
available (peak) 2-4 weeks prior to the start
of classes.
Will students be able to rent books
online via efollett?


While rental transaction functionality will not
be offered through the efollett channel during the pilot phases
of this project, students will have visibility to books that are
available for rental in-store.
How are rental eligible books determined?
Rental eligible books will be identified on a national basis
using Follett’s market research expertise. Rental eligible books
will be selected based on the likelihood of future use in the
market. Rental eligible books may not be consumable or
otherwise not resalable due to time dated materials or single
use components or access codes.

Here is a list of the titles available for rental at the Vol State Bookstore for the Fall semester:

CIS 160 ADAMSKI
MICROSOFT OFFICE ACCESS 2007: COMPREHENSIVE
ENGL 2110 BAYM
NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AMER LIT (SET:VA/VB)
ENGL 2120 BAYM
NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AMER LIT (SET:VC/VD/VE)
DES 110 BIRD
TORRES & EHRLICH MODERN DENTAL ASSISTING (W/DVD & CD)
PSY 210 BUTCHER
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY: CORE CONCEPTS
RAD 110 EHRLICH
PATIENT CARE IN RADIOGRAPHY
PSCI 1030 HEWITT
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICAL SCIENCE
BIOL 1030 JOHNSON
LIVING WORLD
PSY 243 KASTENBAUM
DEATH, SOCIETY & HUMAN EXPERIENCE
BIOL 1010 MADER
BIOLOGY
DSPM 800/850 MARTIN-GAY
BEGINNING & INTERM ALGEBRA (W/2 CDS)
PSY 231 MASH
ABNORMAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
BUS 251 MILLER
FUND OF BUSINESS LAW: SUMMARIZED CASES
ENG 1010 NADELL
LONGMAN WRITER
ENG 1020 ROTTENBERG
STRUCTURE OF ARGUMENT
BUS 111 VANHUSS
KEYBOARDING ETC (MS WORD 2007:1-60)(W/CD)
PSY 201 WEITEN
PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO MODERN LIFE


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I'm so glad they're starting this, I always thought a rental program would be great!

Anonymous said...

I saved a ton of money this year on books!! I love renting instead of buying!!

Anonymous said...

About time!! Another way to save money so students are able to afford to take more classes, and borrow less money for school.