Friday, January 15, 2010

Textbook options rapidly changing

For decades, hefty textbooks have damaged both budgets and backs. The industry is changing though, with all kinds of rental options springing up, including a Barnes & Noble announcement this week that it was expanding its rental program.

In California, the Legislature just passed a law requiring textbooks to be available in electronic form by 2020. The industry is likely to embrace that effort, given that it lets them avoid returns of unsold books, and better compete with used-book stores and rental companies.

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