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Rent-a-Text program is huge success

October 1, 2010

Rent-A-Text, an innovative textbook rental program launched by Follett Higher Education Group, saved Loyola University New Orleans students $106,000 on course materials this fall alone. Aimed at making higher education more affordable, Rent-A-Text saves students 50 percent or more off the cover price of the nation’s most popular textbooks.

“With our new rental option, we helped a record number of students save on the cost of course materials and have rented more than 3,000 textbooks,” said Ivon Fascio, manager of the Loyola Bookstore. “Because we offer so many choices and are right here on campus, we are the most convenient and cost-effective solution for students.”

Nationwide, Rent-A-Text is projected to save students over $130 million during the 2010 academic year. In addition to promised savings, Rent-A-Text offers many benefits, including:

  • 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 also saved by using CaféScribe, Follett’s e-textbook and social networking platform available online. The CaféScribe platform provides students the ability to read, search, highlight, bookmark and annotate digital textbooks, as well as share notes and discuss topics with peers in their classroom and with students around the world.

Launched three years ago, CaféScribe supports more than 10,000 of the most popular textbooks. Additional digital titles can be added at the request of faculty. More than 100,000 students currently use the platform.

Additional information about Follett’s Rent-A-Text program can be found at www.rent-a-text.com, on Twitter @rentatext, on Facebook at facebook.com/rentatext or by contacting the bookstore at 504-865-3262. To learn about Follett’s CaféScribe platform, visit www.cafescribe.com.

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