Chegg vs. Bookrenter: Need to Borrow a College Textbook?

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Difference between Chegg and Bookrenter

Book rental websites are some of the most visited areas on the Internet nowadays, and services such as Chegg and Bookrenter are finding new use among today's book hungry web denizens. How do these two services match up? Let's see!

Chegg
Bookrenter

Profile

Chegg is an online textbook rental service established in 2001 by three students from Iowa State University. The company is currently based in Santa Clara, California, and it allows students to rent textbooks online and return them after the semester. The name Chegg is a contraction of the words chicken and egg, which reflects the chicken and egg quandary that most new graduates face: the inability to get a job without experience, and the inability of getting experience without a job.

Bookrenter offers a similar service, which allows students a more cost effective alternative to purchasing expensive textbooks. With textbooks available at a fraction of the prices listed, students are able to enjoy huge savings. The service also offers a 30-day risk free return policy, which let's you return the book if you get the wrong one or have to drop the class.

Main Features

Among the main features of Chegg are the up to 80% savings that you could enjoy by renting textbooks instead of purchasing them. In addition, the company also allows you to buy textbooks as well, if you so prefer. Any books that you purchase could also be returned for cash or for credit that you can again use on Chegg purchases. Finally, Chegg charges nothing upon returning the textbooks at the end of the term.

Bookrenter offers similar features, with savings of up to 75% possible according to the service’s homepage. The site also allows you to extend the rental period, and even purchase the rented book outright. In addition, rented textbooks can be returned for a refund for up to ten days. Bookrenter also has the advantage of including supplemental materials with the textbooks that you rent. And like Chegg, returning the textbook at the end of the term entails no cost.

Additional Features

Chegg offers students the opportunity to avail of gift cards, which can get you even more savings on rented textbooks. In addition, Chegg will plant a tree for every book that is rented, bought, or sold, which should make the site appeal to those who want to do their part in helping the environment.

Bookrenter for its part currently runs a promo in which the 15,000th renter could win a year’s worth of book rentals, in addition to cash or an iPhone.

Similarities and Differences

Chegg

  • An online textbook rental service established in 2001 by three students from Iowa State University
  • Allows you to buy textbooks as well

Bookrenter

  • Offers a more cost effective alternative to purchasing expensive textbooks
  • Allows you to extend the rental period, and even purchase the rented book outright
  • Includes supplemental materials with the textbooks that you rent

Which service has a better stock of books?
  • Chegg
  • Bookrenter
 
 

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