May 22, 2010
WVU Parkersburg bookstore to offer textbook rental program.
CONTACT: Michele McVey, WVU Parkersburg Barnes & Noble bookstore manager, 304-424-8240.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Beginning this fall, the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Campus Bookstore will offer a new textbook rental program designed to deliver savings and convenience to WVU Parkersburg students.
The innovative rental program, offered through Barnes & Noble, will allow students to rent their textbooks for less than 50% of the cost of purchasing a new printed textbook. As an added convenience, students will be able to rent their books either in the WVU Parkersburg campus store or from the store’s website,www.wvup.bncollege.com.
The decision to offer a textbook rental program was a joint decision made by campus officials and Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.
“We are committed to providing students with the widest range of content options and price points available,” said Paul Maloney, vice president at Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. “Whether students are interested in new books, used, digital, unbundled, or now rentals, they know they can find what they want at the WVU at Parkersburg Campus Bookstore.”
Other program features include that students can pay the rental fees using any form of payment currently accepted by the bookstore, including student financial aid, Barnes and Noble officials noted. Students can highlight or mark the rented books just as they would if they purchased a book and planned to sell it back to the bookstore. Students can convert their rental to a purchase during the first two weeks of class. The rental period is for the duration of the term/semester. Books are due back at the bookstore no later than 10 days after the last day of finals. Students can return the books in person or mail them to the bookstore. Courtesy emails will go out as the end of the term/semester approaches reminding students to return their books. Books not returned (or returned in unusable condition) will be subject to replacement and processing fees.
Barnes & Noble began piloting its rental program earlier this year at 25 campus bookstores across the country. More than 90% of the students surveyed said they would rent from their campus bookstore again. In particular, students indicated they liked having the option of getting their books immediately and they appreciated knowing that the books they were renting were guaranteed to be the right textbooks for their classes.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. operates 639 college bookstores serving nearly four million students and over 250,000 faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States.
cd05/22/10For additional information, contact:
Executive Director Institutional Advancement
(304-424-8203 - Office)