Google pushes out digital textbooks, allows students to buy or rent

Google launches new textbook section on Google Play, allows renting and purchasing of digital textbook.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Sat, Aug 10 2013 2:29 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Today, Google launched a digital textbook section in Google Play Books. The new section is only available in the US and is available through the Google Play website, Android, and iOS apps. Many of the textbooks are available for rental, but most must be purchased outright.

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Website GigaOM is advising returning students to be cautious and still shop around as both Amazon and Barnes & Noble also rent digital textbooks and prices varied across the stores on the same books. They found that a psychology textbook rented for $66 for 180 days, while a print version from Amazon can be rented for $25.23 per semester with the option to extend the rental period by 15 days for $5.

NEWS SOURCE:gigaom.com

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