Why Should Students Rent Books?
If we ask any higher education students about what burns a hole in their pocket besides the college fees the major expenditure they would definitely agree that it is the cost of books. To top it all this expenditure has been steadily increasing much more than the inflationary cost increases in other areas. This is irrespective of the area of study. Taking real life examples books go up by 2 to 4X every 2 years, so much so that cost appreciates during the semester itself. Some of the books that we studied during college years are now 6-8X cost. This needs some mitigation. Some say online majors give good discounts but have we ever looked at how fast the increase in rates happens on these eCommerce majors, and how many good deals do we really see often? Do we need to wait till Dussehra J in the hope that we will plan our studies as the deals come? This is not a refrigerator that we are purchasing and believe me the deals that would even come aren’t good enough.
Then the golden question why do we need to OWN books? The need is really for the span they are needed. How many of us who completed their engineering or management have books which have no use but just a shelf life and sometimes due to dearth of space find themselves in storehouses. We end wasting both money and paper which is a precious resource. Some would argue about second-hand books. Let’s talk about them too; the problem there is quality if you do find one. There is no organized market and ways to ensure quality and content. You bring one to realize that it’s a very old edition.
Ok, enough of questions by now and let me try to highlight a possible resolution. Innovative tailor made book rentals according to the need at the time are an answer to the above. This is exactly what Pustakkosh does. You can rent books from 1 day to 1 semester and make huge savings on the cost of books from 60 to 75% of the book cost. Moreover, you get the content guaranteed. Pre-rented books can be bought with much better discounts and quality. There is no better and cheaper way to read books unless of course you get them gifted or free ;-) That we may not be able to match.