Amazon provides E-textbook rental pricing
Wired Campus reports that Amazon has rolled out an e-textbook rental program that behaves more like a subscription than a purchase. Under this program, students are able to download temporary copies of textbooks on a Kindle device or using Kindle software on a computer or mobile device – at a fraction of the purchase price.
I scanned Amazon’s info page on this program and then looked up The Art of Game Design, an excellent book I read earlier this year. The retail price is $59.95, but you can rent it from Amazon starting at $15.84 — for ninety days the price rises to $23.30.
Over the next few years we will see additional clever pricing schemes for electronic textbooks, but this is definitely a step in the right direction!