Amazon Launches Kindle Textbook Rental Program

Jul 19, 2011

Amazon is debuting a program to allow students to rent textbooks in digital format for their Kindle devices at up to 80% off the list price of the print textbook. Students can choose rental lengths of between 30 and 360 days and pay only for the time they need the textbook, and also have the option to extend rental periods on a daily basis, if need be. The service will give students access to the content on PC, Mac, Kindle, or other mobile device, and will also be able to store highlights, notes, and annotations for access across devices.

The textbooks are available for download in the Textbooks Store or from the search bar on If a Kindle edition is available for rent, users will see an option in the Formats section on the textbook page.