JBU Bookstore Now Renting Textbooks

Siloam Springs, Ark. (July 23, 2010) - The John Brown University bookstore is now offering textbook rental services. The Rent-A-Text program saves students 50 percent or more off the cover price of the nation’s most popular textbooks.

“We expect to save students some serious cash this semester,” said Jeff Bowles, JBU bookstore manager. “Rent-A-Text makes course materials more affordable and offers benefits to students that no other rental provider – online or otherwise – can match.”

In addition to promised savings, JBU textbook rental program offers: Same Day Service. Students can rent and return textbooks in-store or online, ensuring they have the right textbooks the day classes start. Real-life Usage. Students have the freedom to highlight and take notes all within the normal wear and tear associated with coursework. Greatest Number of Payment Options. Students can choose from a variety of ways to pay for their textbook rental, including financial aid and campus cards. Extra Spending. Up-front savings on the cost of textbooks can be applied to other school supplies students need to succeed.

“We are happy to be partnering with Follett to provide an affordable textbook option for students,” said Kim Hadley, vice president of finance and administration. “This program gives us yet another way to help our students save money.”

Rent-A-Text is made available through JBU’s ongoing partnership with Follett Higher Education Group, who manages the JBU bookstore. The program is based on the company’s comprehensive pilot that saved students nearly $6 million dollars on their course materials in just two terms at 27 schools. More than 90 percent of students who rented textbooks expressed satisfaction with the pilot program.