lawbeahs wrote:What do you guys think about renting used books? Any significant drawbacks you could see? Buying or renting new is way too expensive.
I just received my rentals from Amazon and they are highlighted all over (some have notes in the margin) and one has a split in the binding. If those things are going to bother you then it could be a big deal, but I couldn't care less. I just took photos in case Amazon tries to blame me for the damage.
Pretty much this. If you are renting sight-unseen then its best to assume that your books will be like codyoneil's (though it isn't a guarantee, of course). If you like a cleaner book, or don't like a few possible torn pages, etc. then used renting is probably out. The exception to this is that if you can rent used and see the books beforehand, that way you can pick the ones you like. Amazon used to let you send back a rented book if you thought it was too trashed, not sure if they still do that, however continuously sending books back and forth might not be something you are willing to do.