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Source: Karen Riedel, 785-826-2923, ksusalina-bkstr@fheg.follett.com
News release prepared by: Natalie Blair, 785-826-2642

Friday, June 4, 2010

RENT-A-TEXT PROGRAM COMING TO K-STATE AT SALINA

SALINA -- Kansas State University at Salina's bookstore will begin offering textbook rental services this fall. The Rent-A-Text program will offer students upwards of 50 percent off the price of new textbooks and will provide students with an affordable alternative to rising education costs, according to Follett Higher Education Group, the bookstore's parent company.

"We are eager to launch Rent-A-Text because we are committed to providing students with affordable textbook choices," said Karen Riedel, K-State at Salina's bookstore manager. "The rental program will help students minimize the cost of their textbooks while allowing them to use the text as if it was their own."

According to Riedel, the textbook rental program will:

  • Be available to students in store and online with in store pick up
  • Allow students to chose a preferred form of payment, including financial aid and campus cards
  • Allow students the freedom to highlight and take notes all within the normal wear and tear associated with coursework
  • Give students the choice to buy their textbook at the end of the term if they want to keep the book

The Rent-A-Text program is based on Follett's comprehensive pilot program that they claim saved students nearly $2 million on their course materials in just one semester and received high satisfaction ratings from those participating students.

"We have been at the forefront of cost-savings programs for more than a century," said Thomas A. Christopher, president of Follett Higher Education Group. "Helping to reduce the costs of higher education is part of our mission and we look forward to working with K-State at Salina to deliver substantial textbook savings to students."

More information about Rent-A-Text is available in the bookstore, located in College Center, and on-line at http://www.rent-a-text.com.