Jmu Bookstore Rental Agreement

The exorbitant cost of books, in other words, means that students do not have full access to the education they already pay for. This is where textbook distributors come in, with campus bookstores and online businesses like and that proclaim the power to save poor and solvent students from the fate of impregnity. Over the past decade, opportunities for textbook consumers have increased significantly, which is part of the reason for the resulting gap between average spending patterns and the average cost of books. Online merchants who work either independently or on now spend second-hand and digital spending on students and give campus bookstores a rush almost literally to their money (pretty literal). But they must: most homeowners grant only the smallest windows (30 days, usually) that allow a student to change his mind and opt for the purchase of the book he has already rented. They are then locked up in the terms of their lease and responsible for the return of the book, whatever its usefulness. Important: To ensure that your rental returns are properly processed into your rental account, take the following steps to generate your rental ticket. Your delivery voucher is crucial to entering your box – it identifies what you are returning and where to send your rent. Worse still, owners and suppliers — including campus bookstores — actively discourage students from using the texts they rent, as wear and tear threatens the longevity of a book that the seller always wants to see re-rented. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, for example, warn students to continue to write and promote by reserving the right to charge the student a “buy-back price” for “excessive” labelling, which is normally akin to the cost of a new unused expense.

Renting is by far the predominant way to acquire books on my campus, which I originally mistaken for a sign of old-fashioned austerity in the Midwest. But when I spoke to my students, I learned that there is much more to the history of renting. For example, when I asked a classroom with English license majors why they had overwhelmingly decided to rent their printed copies of Portnoy`s complaint (because used copies are sold on Amazon for only $1.99), they looked at me in a way that suggests I may be as crazy as Roth`s protagonist. Why wouldn`t they rent? In addition, they explained, the campus bookstore only stores loan copies. But this example, however small, illustrates only a few of the changes in the hands of the book rental sector in higher education. It is also about ensuring that working-class and first-generation students are disproportionately affected by the textbook distribution system, which is considered “better value” for household-minded consumers. Renting a book may seem superficially sensible, as it can cost 20 to 30 percent less than buying a book, but the practice hurts students in the long run by preventing them from measuring their own progress, accessing texts and notes from previous classes or tasks, and viewing the effects of their training as cumulative.