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New Textbook Rental Program

Paducah native Danita Fisher spent about $650 on textbooks at West Kentucky Community and Technical College during the fall 2010. This semester, the cost of her books was over $700.

News that WKCTC students now have another option when it comes to obtaining textbooks was welcomed by Fisher. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and Barnes amp; Noble have teamed up to offer a textbook rental program that will provide tremendous savings for students.

I would rent the book instead of buying it because of the savings you receive on the front end of the discount price, said Fisher, an information technology major and president of WKCTCs Student Government Association. There is also the added guarantee that the book will be returned to Barnes and Nobles. Sometimes when the teacher switches books you are left with a book that you cannot use or sell back. I think (renting) is a great option for students (and parents) who dont get enough financial aid to cover books.

KCTCS is part of a select group of colleges/universities offering students a textbook rental program. More than 20 percent of titles are offered at KCTCS 16 colleges across the state, at up to half the cost of purchasing a new, printed textbook.

This multi-channel program allows students the following flexibility and conveniences including:

  • Renting books either in the bookstore or from the bookstores website;
  • The ability to moderately highlight and take notes in rented books;
  • The choice to return rented books to the bookstore in person or via mail;
  • A wide variety of rental fee payment options including the use of financial aid;
  • Reminder e-mail notifications noting when the rental period is ending and when all textbooks need to be returned to the bookstore.

    Nursing student Kerrie Peck said the rental option is a good idea, though she plans to continue to purchase her nursing textbooks. I like to have a clean slate and I like to keep those books for resource material, she said. But for general education courses I think its a great idea to be able to rent those books. If I had the option to buy a $200 (general education) textbook or rent it for $75, Id rent it. Thats a no brainer.

    Barnes amp; Noble has been under contract to manage KCTCS college bookstores since July 1, 2004, with the initial five-year contract having been renewed in June 2009.

    The management of KCTCS bookstores by Barnes amp; Noble has given rise to significant economies of scale in operations systemwide, resulting in additional and enhanced services, while significantly helping to contain and reduce cost. Barnes amp; Nobles introduction of book rental will further enhance the options to KCTCS students while enabling greater affordability.