For Rent, More and More: Textbooks

Stephanie Bruce for The Chronicle

The availability of textbook rentals at the U. of North Carolina at Wilmington "means students will turn to us for their textbook needs," says a campus business official. "And it's also a great option for them to reduce their textbook costs."
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It's been a tough decade for college bookstores.

While much of their revenue comes from T-shirts, hoodies, and shot glasses, bookstores have still felt the pinch as students turn to flourishing online competitors to buy cheaper print books or digital...

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