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

20 Aug

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.

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.

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